Freelancing and Finding Gig Work Online
Technology offers older adults a gateway to the world of freelance and gig work. With internet connection available at most cafés, restaurants, libraries and other public spaces — often for free — you have the option to work from virtually anywhere.
According to the ADP Research Institute, nearly a third of independent contractors (workers who receive Form 1099-MISC) are over 55. What’s more, their vast experience puts older adults in a unique position as critical components of the workforce.
Even if you’ve never looked for employment online, AARP Foundation and Chase can help. These four lessons will teach you how to use technology to find gig or freelance work:
- Lesson 1: How to find freelance and gig work online.
- Lesson 2: How to stay safe and maintain privacy when applying for jobs online.
- Lesson 3: What to know about taxes as a freelancer.
- Lesson 4: How to manage your earnings when working as a freelancer.
Scroll down to watch a short introductory video about how to find freelance work.
Once you finish the video, begin this workshop by clicking on Lesson 1.
Track Your Progress
As you move through each lesson, a red progress bar on the right will tell you how much of the content you have completed. You can use the up or down arrows on the red bar to jump between sections within a lesson.
At the end of each lesson, be sure to take the brief quiz at the bottom of the page. There are 4 quizzes – one for each lesson. Every quiz has 3 basic questions designed to summarize the material. Use the “next” button to advance to a lesson.
So how exactly do you find freelance work online?
WATCH: Learn how to use online work platforms safely and effectively.
Gig Work is for All Ages
Twenty percent of gig workers are over the age of 55.
Older Gig Workers Do What They Love
When making employment decisions, workers over 55 prioritize doing what they enjoy over other factors, like income and benefits.
Let's Get Started!
The four lessons in this workshop can help you learn how to find freelance and gig work online.Begin Lesson One