RE: parenthood and tech writing

Subject: RE: parenthood and tech writing
From: Marilyn Jordan <jordan -at- roguewave -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 12:02:50 -0800


Lisa,

In my experience, technical writing can be a very good field for a mother
who wants to work part time from home. I highly recommend "How to Raise a
Family and a Career Under one Roof" by Lisa M. Roberts,
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0943641179/qid=1014057444/sr=8-2/ref=
sr_8_129_2/002-1010394-5860053. She talks extensively about the various
issues you'll need to deal with, from marketing your business to making sure
your kids' needs are met, and she provides references to related books on
each subject at the end of each chapter. Her business is publishing
services, so you will find many parallels to tech writing.

I worked out of my house when my kids were little, starting with about 5
hours a week and working up to 20-40 hours/week. I found that I couldn't
support my family on that income, but it worked well when my husband had a
full-time income with benefits.

Good luck. I'd be happy to talk with you more about it offline if you'd
like.

Marilyn Jordan
Documentation Developer
Rogue Wave Software

-----Original Message-----
From: Lisa [mailto:labread -at- yahoo -dot- ca]
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2002 10:35 AM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: parenthood and tech writing


Any stay-home parent/technical writers out there?

My background is in teaching (English and Social
Sciences).

I've been at home raising young'uns for 4 years now.
During that time, I completed a certificate program in
Technical Communication. Am I deluding myself
thinking I can dabble in tech writing on a part-time,
odd-job basis (re: 10-15 hours/week from home)? Can
one even "dabble" successfully in this field or is it
only for the 9to5 office crowd?

Any advice for the Mommy specialist?

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