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Someone Who Can Help You Find Work After 50 That You Probably Don’t Know About

Someone Who Can Help You Find Work After 50 That You Probably Don’t Know About

When it comes to finding work, don’t you wish there was somebody in your corner? Somebody on your side, looking out for you and working on your behalf to help you get work? There can be. UpWork, the #1 freelancing site, offers such as a service. And it’s free. A couple of weeks ago, someone at UpWork named Jennifer contacted me to tell me about a free service they offer called the Talent Agent Program. The Talent Agent Program was…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #17 (Tipping)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #17 (Tipping)

I got my first tip as a freelancer. Now I realize that twenty bucks won’t exactly enable me to take early retirement. But hey, it’s all about the message. And what’s the message? You were better than what we thought you’d be. Every freelancer doubts themselves at one time or another. Occasionally it’s nice to have someone tell you you’re good. There’s more than one form of compensation. Message > $$$ Until next time.

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #15 (Making More Money)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #15 (Making More Money)

Well I just got this nice email from UpWork. When you use a freelancing site to find work after 50, you have to assume the site takes a chunk of your earnings. And in the case of UpWork, they take a big chunk: 20%.  But not forever. You see, UpWork wants to encourage long-term client-consultant relationships. One way they do that is to take a smaller chunk of your earnings as the relationship grows. It starts at 20%, but drops…

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A Great Job Opportunity on a Freelance Site?

A Great Job Opportunity on a Freelance Site?

If you were a program manager who suddenly found yourself out of work and in desperate need of a new gig, would you think to look on a freelancing site?  Probably not. What many job hunters may not know, especially those over 50 who would never consider freelancing, is that UpWork has many enterprise clients who use the site to find talent. Translation: Fortune 500 companies use UpWork to find part-time and full-time labor. Here is a client that has…

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The Biggest Frustration Finding Work When You’re Just Starting Out

The Biggest Frustration Finding Work When You’re Just Starting Out

Clients are not on your schedule. They’re on their own. That can be difficult to remember when you’re sitting there doing nothing, waiting for the phone to ring from a client you know wants to hire you. I happen to be dealing with this very situation right now. The best client I’ve had so far on UpWork, who paid me $3,000 for a couple of nice projects, made me wait over two weeks to get started. During that time my…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #13 (Selling a Commodity)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #13 (Selling a Commodity)

I don’t bid on article writing jobs anymore. You might think that since I put myself out there as a technical writer, one of the services I would offer is to write technically oriented articles and blog posts. But I don’t. Why? Is it because I’m no good at article writing? Nope. I’d like to think I’m pretty good, and the few articles I have written in the past, the clients were extremely satisfied. No, that’s not the reason. What…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #12 (A Hard Lesson)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #12 (A Hard Lesson)

Well that was a hard lesson to learn. I came across a project on UpWork recently that really intrigued me. The client gave it $$$, which meant they were willing to pay higher rates for the most experienced freelancers. They had a very reasonable budget of several thousand dollars. And most importantly, it required some really esoteric technical writing which I knew not many people could do. Now I was no expert, but I was familiar with the topics they…

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Crazy $#!T You See While Freelancing

Crazy $#!T You See While Freelancing

Came across this job posting on UpWork and it was just too good not to share. This person wants an “expert technical writer” with “beyond excellent writing and research skills.” What’s beyond excellent? I can’t even think of a word for it. I guess that leaves me out. Anyway, if you look closely you’ll see that this client is also looking for the lowest possible rate. That’s beyond excellent work for the lowest possible price. Only on UpWork. In case…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #11 (Non-monetary Compensation)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #11 (Non-monetary Compensation)

At the tail end of a crappy week in which I struggled to find my next freelancing gig, I was given a little gift. It’s the kind of gift that makes everything okay and reminds me of why I’m doing what I’m doing. I finished up the second of two projects with my second freelancing client on UpWork and here is the review they left of my work: There is no doubt that the freelancer’s journey is filled with up…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #10 (The Holy Grail)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #10 (The Holy Grail)

What is the Holy Grail of freelancing? Work you didn’t have to compete for or even look for. The screenshot below is of a project I accepted from a private offer. That’s an offer to submit a proposal that no one else sees but you. As things turned out, I did a great job on my last project. The client really liked what I did. They even gave me 5 stars. But what I knew all along is that they…

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