Sunday, September 15, 2019

Transitioning to freelancing - Hustler Daily Thumbs Up - September 15

Hello fellow Encore Hustlers

There is a certain allure associated with the word freelance.  It has roots with the medieval term for a knight for hire.  Now it brings to mind mind thoughts of being independence and working for the highest bidder.

For those of us who are approaching, or are in retirement, the reality is much more mundane, according to this article from the New York Times.  The article cites statistics sourced from the Freelancers Union indicating 30 percent of Americans over the age of 55 performed some sort of freelance work in 2018, with freelancing being defined as any sort of independently contracted work, running the gamut from driving for Uber to being a consultant.

For many of that cohort of senior freelancers the extra money covers daily expenses or bolsters retirement saving.  However, for some, the decision to freelance is forced upon them by late career layoffs and the inability to find full time employment of equal pay and caliber.

If you fall into that category, or have already retired and are planning to return to work, via the freelance route, then the best course would be to put serious planning before you launch the website or print the business cards.

As a good start, Mr. EH recommends heading over to AARP's Work for Yourself at 55+ and download their toolkit with plenty of information on how to brainstorm, build a business plan, avoid common mistakes, plan for taxes and reach out for support and mentorship.

After all, freelance medieval knights didn't rush into battle without a strategy and a sharp sword.  It's better to be Ivanhoe than Don Quixote.

Mr. EH

Friday, September 13, 2019

Seattle Seahawks Encore Hustle - Hustler Daily Thumbs Up - September 13

Hello fellow Encore Hustlers

Supporting the Seattle Seahawks is a bit of religion in the state of Washington.  And I am not joking since I have a seen a Catholic priest wearing the trademark blue and green under his vestments during Mass on game day Sunday.

If you are fan of the S'Hawks then why not check out this story about the partnering of CenturyLink Field (home of the Seahawks) and AARP to hire seniors to work part-time (30 hours a month max) at the stadium on game days.  There are hundreds of positions available, including ushers, security, catering servers, concession cashiers, cooks and suite managers.  CenturyLink is focusing on hiring older workers because of their experience, dedication and passion they bring to the job.

And if being a Seahawk fan if not your cup of tea then how about working at a FC Sounders game, who also play at CenturyLink,  or at a Morrissey concert at the adjacent WAMU Theatre.  They all need event workers.

Go to this link for the upcoming September 25th job fair at CenturyLink.

Go S'Hawks!!

Mr. EH

Thursday, September 12, 2019

A stand up encore hustle - Hustler Daily Thumbs Up - September 11

Hello fellow Encore Hustlers

Most of us think we can tell a joke and are just naturally funny.  Well its one thing to get a laugh out of friends and coworkers but its another to stand up in front of a crowd of strangers and try out your material.  Especially when speaking in speaking in public is identified as one our greatest fears.

So imagine what it must be like to decide to take up standup comedy at age 65.  Read this story about Marty Ross, who did that after working 47 years in Manhattan's clothing industry, and has been making making a name for himself as the Wrinkled Rebel on the comedy club circuit.  Also check out his AARP produced video on YouTube Date My Grandpa.


Saturday, September 7, 2019

The working from home encore hustle - Hustler Daily Thumbs Up - September 7

Hello fellow Encore Hustlers.

Thanks to the internet there are thousands of opportunities to work from home (or remotely from any location).  It is win-win situation for both employers and employees.

For the employer a remote employee eliminates the need to have maintain costly office space and provides a workforce with flexible schedules that are especially needed for customer service positions.

For the employee a work from home job means you can kiss the commute goodbye and allows you to use geographical arbitrage to live in a low cost of living region that may not have the best paying opportunities.

The prerequisites to pursuing these positions may include:

  • good internet connectivity
  • Windows/Mac PC or laptop
  • dedicated phone line
  • telephone headset
  • webcam
  • printer 

If this seems like a big investment the good news is that many companies will supply the hardware or will provide an allowance.  Also many companies may subsidize yourdedicated telephone/internet monthly fees.

Check out this link from that features several companies that are not only hiring for work-from-home positions but also offer benefits, such as 401k's and medical insurance. The list includes:

  • Apple at Home 
  • Carnival Cruises 
  • American Express
  • Hertz

Mr EH especially likes the benefit package for Carnival, that in addition to a matching 401k, includes tow complementary cruises a year and discounts for friends and family.

Mr Eh

Monday, September 2, 2019

Store your neighbors stuff for $$ - Hustler Daily Thumbs Up - September 2

Hello fellow Encore Hustlers

Making money through passive income is a great encore hustle.  In past posts I have highlighted apps and websites that match you with people who are willing to pay to use your RV, boat, pool, garage.

Now check out this story about who wants to be the Airbnb of storage.  Their site allows you to list your basement, garage, RV pad or backyard shed and they will match you with people how are looking for temporary or long term storage of personnel/business items, cars, boats and RVs. also handles payment, customer vetting and insurance so the only thing you have to do is clear out your basement or shed and collect some extra cash for SOPS (storing other peoples stuff).

Mr. EH

Friday, August 30, 2019

Use community resources to kick start you encore hustle - Hustler Daily Thumbs Up - August 30

Hello fellow Encore Hustlers

Mr EH has been a lifelong lover of public libraries.  One of his fondest childhood memories is being allowed to apply for an adult library card while still in elementary school.  Libraries continue to be a great resource and not just as a place for books, DVDs and periodicals.  Today libraries offer a multitude of programs for the community and can be the place to kick off your encore career.

Check out this story about the Arlington (Virginia) County Library System and their hosting, throughout September, of a series of programs for retirees, that includes workshops on helping seniors find their encore hustle.  The program is a joint venture between the library and the Arlington Employment Center, and the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council.

The programs include job counseling, using social media for job hunting and resume writing.  The program also has a +50 job fair to match seniors with employers.

Check out your nearby library and see if similar programs are being offered.  If they don't, ask why not?

Mr. EH

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Sniffspot, dogs gotta run and play - Hustler Daily Thumbs Up - August 24

Hello fellow Encore Hustlers

Do you love dogs?  Do you have a fenced in yard?  Would you be willing to let share that yard with apartment bound canines that need space to run and play, and make a few bucks at the same time?

Check Sniffspot, a new app that connects you with pet owners who are seeking a safe and private place for their fur babies.

Mr HH did a quick check of Seattle area and found 13 listings with rates ranging from $4 to $10 per hour.  Not a bad rate for a passive encore hustle.

If Mr EH had a tail it would be wagging.