Making the Switch from Full Time to Freelance/Contract - Looking for Advice

Subject: Making the Switch from Full Time to Freelance/Contract - Looking for Advice
From: Louise Kasemeier <louisekasemeier -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 6 May 2008 11:33:24 -0700 (PDT)

I've finally decided to take the plunge and make the switch from full time writing posiitons to freelance or contract positions and I'm looking for any advice or wisdom from people who have already done it. I've been a full time technical writer for ten years, here in the Atlanta area and previously in th UK. I've worked in the software industry for most of that time writing user documentation and internal/systems stuff, API references etc. In the past 2 years or so I've also been doing a lot of work with DITA and XML, both as a content writer and on the technical implementation side of things.

I'm really looking for advice on the best way to find contracts and to get my name out there. Should I use an agency or contact potential employers myself? Are there any good web sites or other resources out there that I should be looking at? Anything really that you think a newbie freelancer should be aware of.



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