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What if a technical writer wants to work as a freelancer. What options are there?

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RE: What if a technical writer wants to work as a freelancer. What options are there?

Deepak Rana
Deepak Rana
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If a technical writer wants to work as a free lancer there are plenty of opportunities for them to do that. However there are quite a few things that they may have to keep in mind before they start working as a free lancer:


1. Working as a free lancer is often fun but it also brings in a lot of responsibilities. You need to be disciplined and responsible enough to manage your work. All the tasks need to be planned and scheduled by yourself. Therefore one has to be careful about that.

2. If you are working as a free lancer, you need to find your clients by yourself. Which means you will have to grow your network, figure out a way to reach your clients and try to convince them about your services. This is often a tedious job and involves a lot of struggle and hard work specially at the initial stages when you are not an established writer and have just entered the industry.

3. Free lancer work is usually fun as they get to work as per their own schedule and do not have any external pressure except for the clients deadlines and therefore the job satisfaction is usually very high in this case. They can plan their vacations really well by themselves and set the schedule as per their choice which often is a joyful thing for many professionals.

4. You need to build the technical expertise really well on the subject that you are writing for. Since as a free lancer you won't have the support of other staff members and co workers who would be able to explain the things to you. Therefore the learning part becomes an important challenge for free lance writers as they have to learn and grasp the thorough knowledge of the subject that they are writing for. They need to have foolproof understanding of the subject so that they can mark their impression through clear communication in their writings in a simplest way possible.

RE: What if a technical writer wants to work as a freelancer. What options are there?

Rahul Shinde
Rahul Shinde
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Career Consultant at Pinnacle School of Business Management
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Hi,


Greeting's for the day!!!

A Technical Writer is a Professional Writer who engages in Technical Writing and produces technical documentaion for technical, business, and consumer audiences. The Isntitute of Scientific and Technical Communicators desfines the profession as preparing information that helps user who use the product. This documentation includes online help, user guides/manuals, white papers, design specifications, system manuals, project plans, test plans, business correspondence,etc. Technical Writer create documentation in many forms, such as printed, web-based or other electronics means.

Engineers, Scientists, and other professionals may also produce Technical Writing, but often hand it off to a professional technical writer for developmental editing, proofreading, editing and formatting.


Required Skill Sets:
In addition to solid research, language ,writing, and revision skills, a technical writer may have skills in:
1. Information design
2. Information Architecture
3. Training Material Development
4. Illustration / Graphic Design
5. Website Design Management
6. Indexing
7. Localization/ Technical Translation
8. User Interfaces
9. Business Analysis.

A Technical Writer may apply their skills in the production of non-technical content, for example, writing high-level consumer information.

Most important skill that each and every Technical writer must have will be a good Communication and Interpersonal Skills so that they may write across a variety of genres and fields.


Freelance Opportunities:
Technical Writing has one of the highest freelance opportunities, aside from web design and language. May technical writers will work as consultants and freelance their services to companies who do not have enogh work to staff a technical writer full-time.

Successful freelancetechnica writers are those persons who do not only possess excellent communication skills, but are also able to quickly and easily learn their clients environment. Although it is possible, freelancetechnical writers do not normally specialize in one area, but rather offer their services to a variety of companies across multiple industries. Therefore, a freelance technical writer must ahve a very short learning curve to new concepts ad technologies. Also, most companies that hire a freelance technical writer is looking for a full documentation solution.

Freelance technical writers must also possess greater computer skills and the ability to provide final documentation by incorporating graphics, illustrations, and other visual aids than technical writers that are hired within a company.


Further doubts or queries feel free to contact.

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Regards,
Rahul

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