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Writing Remotely

Now that the four day week is becoming more popular, so is remote writing. Investing in a laptop can make remote writing much easier. A laptop with an internal network card can provide Internet access for online publishing at any remote location with wireless access.

 

For certain types of writing the writer may need to be on location. But after the meetings, product reviews and engineering changes have been completed, writing can begin at any time or location.

 

Some of our writers attend all engineering meetings via conference call. After hanging up the phone the writing begins and the team begins to collaborate on the content of the documents. Writers go on-site one to five times a year depending on the need of the client. In some cases, the writer meets the client once, and writes for that client on an open-ended contract.

 

Just think of the money saved by the client and the writer at a time when gas prices may soar higher than we have ever imagined.

 

The clients and writers can focus on their business instead of worrying about what the price of gas will be tomorrow.

 

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Continuity of Business Effort

Writing projects require some management by the technical writer.  Implementing the document life cycle can ensure continuity of effort and more successful writing projects.

 

Freelance writers need to help their clients understand this process prior to starting projects. SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) and other necessary resources should be identified and ready when the technical writer is hired. Sometimes we find the other resources were never identified thus making the continuity of effort more difficult. Of course, there are ways to handle these issues but the more issues that can be avoided the happier the writers and the clients.

 

For example, systems development documentation may require that the technical writer be involved during the time the system is being developed.  Our manufacturing clients have found that having our technical writers involved during the development process improves their bottom line since our writers can work closely with engineers on-site or remotely. If the writer isn’t included during the development phase alternative document life cycles can be implemented. But, of course, like with many things, knowledge is power, so the initial meetings held prior to contracting should discuss these issues.

 

Depending on the document life cycle needed to ensure continuity of business effort a client can determine if the technical writing should be done in-house or utilizing a freelance methodology that suits their documentation needs.  

 

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Are you making the most of Single Sourcing?

Take your online help documentation and your user manuals to the next level!

 

Save time and money doing it the right way. Using Microsoft and Adobe software for documentation development and implementing effective technical communicator standards wasted time and money can be eliminated from documentation projects.

 

Why keep spending the extra money, when you don’t have to?

 

We have remote technical writers available to make this one time transition for you, so you can start saving money, today!

 

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Working with Difficult People

A technical writer needs many skills, including people skills. Learning how to work with difficult people can be a challenge in the software industry where technical communicators are often employed.

 

More information on this topic is being found in trade journals and booklets. We often have to take on the role of communicator/writer/consultant/analyst when working with difficult people.  This multitasking role allows us to monitor the business environment for issues, produce documentation, and provide suggestions. Our clients with these issues have learned a great deal about how this issue impacts the writing and creative process in an organization. We walk though the process with them and make flexible agreements with the understanding that difficult people can negatively impact the outcome of projects.

 

Addressing this issue saves any company money and most managers dealing with this problem are aware of it. Productivity is lost, morale is low, and complaints never stop. In some cases, managers can assist but the problem still needs a solution.

 

We have found that introducing new terms and new rules can reduce the negative impact on the project deliverable at the start of the project. Taking a new rules/new terms approach at the beginning of a project can help identify those that are willing to help overcome the negative impacts of difficult people in the workplace.

Saving Money with Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)

If you think you are spending too much money buying software for graphics and print, you just might be right.

 

You don’t have to tolerate fuzzy print when using graphic and web programs.  Start using SVG for reviewing email campaigns, advertising, landing pages, and illustrated content. 

 

Before you sign that purchase order to buy software to do this, shop within your company first. Several industry standard software bundles include SVG programs when you purchase them.

 

Why settle for fuzzy printouts when you can have clear high quality graphic and web printouts?

 

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Reduce costs for freelance technical writing

How would you like to pay $35-$80 per hour for writing projects?

If that sounds better than the deal you are currently getting, stay tuned. We have been freelance technical writers for over twelve years. It has been interesting to see the recruiting rates, marketing fees, and other fees that produce hourly rates above $100 per hour. Take a look at these tips below.
Saving Money with Technical Writing
Learn to negotiate and make careful choices to save you time and money.