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: quills -at- airmail -dot- net
To: Louise Kasemeier <louisekasemeier -at- yahoo -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 18:10:32 -0500

In the Dallas area they don't want to deal with 1099, they prefer to
have W2 employees, so as to avoid an possibility of claims on them
for benefits. Also 6 month contracts are the norm, with 3 months
being used more frequently.

Use the agencies! They spend more time, and have the relationships in
many cases, that you don't have, and can't expect to build in a short
period.

Scott

At 11:33 AM -0700 5/6/08, Louise Kasemeier 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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