Re: CONSULTANT / CONTRACTOR QUIZZ

Subject: Re: CONSULTANT / CONTRACTOR QUIZZ
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 07:46:20 -0800 (PST)


> 1) Do you have a Web site to promote your tech writing
> consulting/contracting (or other) business?

Yes.

> 2) Do you have personal info (hobbies, family, etc) on your Web site?
> If not, is it because you think it is unprofessional to do so?

Do you want a job or a friend? Don't list your hobbies. If you want a personal
web site, make a second one for hobbies and whatnot.

> 3) Do you think it is unprofessional to offer advice to other tech
> writers on your site?

Yes, it can make you sound arrogant. Leave the advice columns to established
sources like TECHWR-L.

> 4) Do you think it unprofessional/inadvisable to use frames?
> Javascript? Java? ActiveX?

No, if done properly these technologies can greatly improve the look and feel
of a site as well as demonstrate your skill using them.

> 5) Do you think it unprofessional to have a few cutesy, animated images
> on your site to lighten things up?

Yes. Again, do you want a job or an award?

> 6) Do you mention how much you charge for your services on your site?
> Give details about your fees? Disclaimers, legal or copyright notices?

Don't mention fees. Do put a copyright on the work.

> 7) Do you have samples from your portfolio on your site?

Yes, get client approval first.

> 8) Do you list references on your site? Quotes from the references?

Yes. Its a nice touch.

> 9) How often do you update your site? Do you NEED to frequently change
> things on your site to keep it fresh?

Keep it updated regularly.

> 10) Do you provide a lot of linking and menuing, or do you keep it short
> and sweet with most Web actions/behaviours available from the first
> page?

Keep it simple.

Good luck.

Andrew Plato

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