RE: What's a good freelance rate for technical writers?

Subject: RE: What's a good freelance rate for technical writers?
From: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: "'Kathleen MacDowell'" <kathleen -dot- eamd -at- gmail -dot- com>, "'Mark Filiatreau'" <mfiliatreau -at- psi-it -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 20:58:03 -0400

If you are freelancing, your rates should reflect your costs of doing
business, which include taxes, office expenses, equipment maintenance,
medical, and all those benefits you enjoyed as a staff employee; HOWEVER,
all these expenses need to be tempered with the reality of the marketplace.
You may need $100K a year, but live in a $50K market. Medical costs are so
high that most of us in the freelance (contract) realm cannot afford it. I
set aside a certain amount each month into a medical account. I pay for
regular dental and medical expenses (teeth cleaning and diabetic
supplies/checkups) from that account and leave the rest for emergencies. If
you live in that $50K market, this may be a better option than spending
thousands on medical insurance.

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What's a good freelance rate for technical writers?: From: Mark Filiatreau
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