Re: parenthood and tech writing

Subject: Re: parenthood and tech writing
From: SmoGraph -at- aol -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 09:07:33 EST

In a message dated 2/15/02 5:57:00 PM, labread -at- yahoo -dot- ca writes:

<< Any stay-home parent/technical writers out there? >>

I am a stay-at-home mom/technical artist. I've been doing it for eight
years. My advice to you would be to not tell your prospects that you are a
working mother. My clients do not need to know this. In fact, I work on
projects for many different clients at once and they don't need to know this,
either. Working at home is not easy. I put my two girls in daycare three
days a week and added more when necessary to get a job out.

If you have a teaching background, might I suggest you consider textbook
writing, editing, or proofreading? I specialize in math textbooks. I know
they are always looking for decent writers, and prefer those with teaching

There are many work-at-home-mom sites, but my experience with them is not
good. While there are a lot of people that work from home with children,
there are many more that just wish they could. I've been impressed with this
list. Although I'm obviously not a writer, the discussions on writing and
business are excellent.

Finally, "dabbling" in any business is not realistic. If you want to be a
freelance anything, you will have to work your tail off! You need a
portfolio, you need to sell, you need to know your market, your pricing, and
your product! Good luck.

Smolinski Studios
Technical Art, Commercial Photography, Illustration

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