Consider'g Striking Out on Own as TW-Need Advice

Subject: Consider'g Striking Out on Own as TW-Need Advice
From: Margaret Alston <diamondvapor5 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 07:34:41 -0800 (PST)

Hello all
 
After many years as a captive technical writer, I am seriously considering strikign out on my own.
 
I have a question, for those of you who are freelancers - How do you/ what methods do you use for deciding what to dharge/ Specifically, do you charge by the estimated hours, by the project, project size, etc.
 
Also do you have a systematized way of deciding how long somethign might take to complete? I mean after doing this all these years I can usually guesstimate pretty accurately, but I have always done this an employee for someone else so it may be different if I go out on my own.
 
                                                                            
Does anyone have any ideas/advice that would help me?
 
Thanks
 
M



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