RE: new to contracting, all the usual questions

Subject: RE: new to contracting, all the usual questions
From: "Barbara Philbrick" <caslon -at- alltel -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2005 07:41:13 -0400

Mac vs. PC: Depends on your industry. If you tend to be working with
marketing departments, Mac might be OK. There are occasional technical
writing departments that use Macs as well.

Stepping back a bit, though, I'd wait till you say yes to a contract before
I bought anything. You might wind up on-site with company provided
equipment, or in a situation where you're providing text and someone else
does the formatting. As long as you have a computer, you can get started,
say, putting outlines together in Word on a Mac, while you wait for your PC
with RoboHelp to come in.

If you're a member of STC, you can visit for lots of links to information.
In particular, I recommend the _Getting Started in Consulting &
Independent Contracting_ book at

Good luck,


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Subject: new to contracting, all the usual questions

Hello all! I haven't been around for a bit -- got laid off and have been
getting myself organized. Since all of the calls I have been getting have
been for contract work, it seems like this is in my future; I like the idea.
I know there have been innumerable threads on this topic, and am currently
combing the archives for same, but if anyone has any gems of advice to
bestow, I would be very grateful.

Just at the moment, I am particularly curious about home office
setups/computer equipment that I might need to purchase. Does anyone
contract using a Mac, or am I going to have to buy a PC to be effective?

Thanks and good to be back,



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