RE: Hourly Wages for Tech Writing

Subject: RE: Hourly Wages for Tech Writing
From: "Evans, Diane L (Rosetta)" <diane_evans -at- merck -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 10:44:23 -0800

>I am planning to take up some freelance work on an hourly wage. I will
be
>working on help file (.chm) for an application. I know quite a few
people
>who haven't really had a good experience with being paid per hour.
Let's say
>if the writer has put in 3hrs to work on a User Manual, the client
might not
>agree that it was actually a 3hrs task which often causes problem
during
>payments.

>Can anyone please give me a tip on how to make sure everything goes
>smoothly.

Estimate the time it will take you, then double the number of hours.
Put it in writing -- a contract that will stand up in court.

If you take less hours than you estimated, you are a miracle worker and
may get future jobs from the same person. An old trick that Scotty used
with Captain Kirk.

Diane Evans, who is 12 work hours away from a vacation.


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References:
Hourly Wages for Tech Writing: From: Khizran Kaleem

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