Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers

Subject: Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers
From: Deborah Hemstreet <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 17:47:17 -0500

Hi Dan,

I think its the way society has developed in the US.

I was an hourly professional in Israel for 20 years. For the first 10
years, I was a professional, but didn't know it.. and the university I
was at did not recognize it anyway.

For the next 10 years, I received a much better hourly wage, and knew I
was a professional, and was recognized as a professional.

In today's economy, and I guess my whole life, I don't really care what
others think. If I believe I'm a professional - - I am. I remember
getting into this discussion years ago when I was a licensed practical
nurse. I said I was a professional. Others said I wasn't, because I was
not an RN.

In the end, both then, in Israel, and today, I don't really care what
others say. I know what I am, and am thankful when I can support my
family with whatever skills I've been blessed with.

I personally think that the whole issue of "Professional" needs to be
carefully examined and defined. In my opinion, a degree and job title,
or even the US Government, do not make a person a professional
practitioner of their career... but I digress.


Deborah

http://www.tech-challenged.com


Dan Goldstein wrote:
> It sounds like you're speaking as a contractor/consultant for
> project-specific clients. For some of us who are permanent employees (as
> opposed to contractors), an hourly wage would be a step down, regardless
> of its amount.
>
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Deborah Hemstreet
>> Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 7:50 AM
>> To: .TECHWR-L
>> Subject: Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers
>>
>> One of the questions that was asked related to if we prefer
>> salaried vs hourly. I personally prefer hourly. Each project
>> is different. I believe it is fairer to my clients, and
>> myself, to be paid for work that I actually did...
>>
>>
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Follow-Ups:

References:
Exempt status for Tech Writers: From: beelia
Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers: From: Ed
RE: Exempt status for Tech Writers: From: Sarah Stegall
Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers: From: Ned Bedinger
Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers: From: Deborah Hemstreet
RE: Exempt status for Tech Writers: From: Dan Goldstein

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