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

Subject: Re: Making the Switch from Full Time to Freelance/Contract - Looking for Advice
From: "Bob Doyle" <bobdoyle -at- skybuilders -dot- com>
To: "Louise Kasemeier" <louisekasemeier -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 11:45:51 -0400

Hi Louise,

We appreciated your sharing your DITA learning experience with others
at Lone_DITA.

http://www.lone-dita.com/DITATutorial/tabid/53/Default.aspx

It figures prominently among our DITA Tutorials.

http://www.ditausers.org/tutorials/

We have considered listing professional consultants and experienced
freelancers on the DITA News website. It's hard to know who to
include, but one way to start is to see whether those on the major
list servs like TECHWR-L would want their contact information
publicized.

It would be one more section here:

http://www.ditanews.com/resources/

We also started a community-editable DITA Wiki. It has a section
called Professional Services. The wiki is based on the same MediaWiki
technology that runs Wikipedia.

That means anyone, including you, can simply make an entry there for
your services.

http://www.ditawiki.org/index.php/Professional_Services

Does that make sense?

Cheers.

Bob.



On Tue, May 6, 2008 at 2:33 PM, Louise Kasemeier
<louisekasemeier -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> 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.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Louise
>
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