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