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Work for Yourself@50+
Freelancing Resource Center

Considering self-employment? You’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re just starting out or have been freelancing for a while, you’ll find practical tips and helpful guidance to help you make it work.

The Freelancing Resource Center — a free website from AARP Foundation — is here to help you feel confident, ready, and in charge of the next step. Explore our self-guided series on freelancing essentials, trusted tools for finding work, and live online workshops for learning the fundamentals.

How to Earn Income Through Freelancing

Sessions starting Thursday April 18, 2024

Session dates: April 18 and 25
6 – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time

  • Have in-depth knowledge of freelancing and the administrative requirements
  • Understand how to get your first client
  • Develop your custom plan for success
  • Know how to grow your freelancing client list

Getting Started Series

Independent work, which includes freelancing, independent contracting, self-employment, consulting, gig work, or a “side hustle”, has been on the rise over the past decade.

If you are interested in exploring the world of independent work, you are in the right place. Over the course of thirteen lessons, we will guide you through the essential information and skills you will need to start and chart a path to success.

The lessons include activities to help you apply what you’ve learned and move on to the next step.

Freelance Essentials

As an independent worker, you are in charge. It is on you to market your services, manage your finances, taxes, and safety.
Check out these guides to learn more about each topic and access helpful tools, templates, and resources.

Explore Work Opportunities

Freelancers can secure work numerous ways, by leveraging their personal and professional networks, job boards or online work platforms. The Work for Yourself@50+ Work Finder tool can help you get started.

Find Work

Interested in Starting Your Own Business?

AARP Foundation’s Work For Yourself@50+ provides free tools and workshops to help you decide if entrepreneurship is right for you.

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