In this episode of the Sixty and Me Show, I speak with Ben Gran, a successful freelance writer, about how to start a writing business while still working or considering retirement.

We discuss how writing is a perfect “second act” career for women over 60. Ben describes how being a freelance writer provides a lots of flexibility and freedom to work when and where you want. It also leverages the experience, research and communication skills that older women have been perfecting all their lives.

We talk about how the internet has opened up all kinds of opportunities for project based freelance writing jobs with sites like Elance.com. Also Ben reminds us that most women over 60 have had years of work experience that they can draw upon to maximize their skills as great writers.

Finally, Ben highlights the three qualities he considers important for a becoming a freelance writer – curiosity, hustle and professionalism – all traits women over 60 have in abundance!

Have you tried making money as a freelance writer? What was your experience? Please join the conversation.

LEARN MORE

Writer Coaching from Ben Gran – If you want to get personalized advice from Ben on how to get started in freelance writing (how to market yourself, how to get started on Elance, how to get clients, etc.), you can hire him on his website. He also has some amazing free resources and ideas on his coaching page.

Elance.com – This is a great place to get started in freelance writing. You’ll love it! 

Copyblogger.com – This is one of the best sites for writers, with excellent how-to advice on how to write great articles for the web. Even if you’re not a professional writer, you can benefit from Copyblogger.

MBO Partners – This company offers services to people who want to start new careers as solo professionals/independent consultants. There are some interesting statistics and studies on their site.

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