Is Finding Work After 50 Stressful? Yes, but…

Is Finding Work After 50 Stressful? Yes, but…

Are you worried? -Tom Hanks Would it help? -Mark Rylance From the movie Bridge of Spies The panic comes over you. Oh crap, I don’t have any work lined up. The feeling sucks and can lead to many sleepless nights when you first start freelancing Is there a cure? Yes. Time. As things turn out, human beings are incredibly adaptable. If you don’t believe me, read the biography of any prisoner of war survivor. Not that being a freelancer should…

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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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At What Price Facebook?

At What Price Facebook?

I contend that people over 50 have more cause to use Facebook than any other demographic. Why? Facebook isn’t for connecting so much as it is for reconnecting. People who see each other on a regular basis don’t need Facebook nearly as much as people who have lost touch over the years and would like to reconnect. And for those of us over 50, we have more years over which to lose touch. Facebook is great. I have reconnected with…

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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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The Beauty of Being a Creative

The Beauty of Being a Creative

The great thing about doing something creative is you never know who you’re going to touch. Today I received an email from someone who had read my book Serious Doubts. It’s a book about why people get married when they know ahead of time that the marriage will end in divorce. The book includes over 100 questions people should ask themselves before they get married. Here is the email I received: I wrote that book eight years ago and today…

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Why it’s Easier for People Over 50 to Freelance Than to Land a Job

Why it’s Easier for People Over 50 to Freelance Than to Land a Job

Many people over 50, including myself, find it difficult to get that elusive full-time job. You know the one. With great pay and good benefits. The holy grail of jobs. Maybe it’s ageism, maybe not. I don’t know. At the same time that it’s increasingly difficult to land a full-time job, the freelancing marketplace is exploding. There are countless platforms, clients and opportunities to sell our expertise in the marketplace. Companies that would never consider offering me a full-time position…

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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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