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On top of other good advice you've received, don't forget to take into account which one would be more fun or interesting or enlightening to write about (the one that's more interesting to you). Money isn't everything.
Based on your descriptions, I'd probably go the 1099 route and take advantage of the extra deductions, but mostly because it sounds more interesting. Of course, the oil companies are doing quite well these days. It could be a good time to jump in.
tjohnson -at- starcutter -dot- com
I have to choose between two employers for a tech writing assignment. One is
1099 the other uses a W2 at the same rate. The W2 is a major oil company
that wants permanent employee later on if I'm right, the other promises more
work later, a pay raise and a possible perm position. The W2 job wants me to
do basically network, configuration documentation with no real new tools to
learn, the other is more cutting edge with online tools like robohelp, and
chart FX, etc...
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