Re: Freelance, contract part-time

Subject: Re: Freelance, contract part-time
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: Karl Norman <kylesimmons0164 -at- gmail -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 12:14:36 -0700

We all write "consumer-facing documents," because every document has a consumer, whether it's written for paying customers, internal users or pointy-headed regulators. They key here is to figure out who is the person who actually decides whether or not your work is worth spending money on - and it isn't always the person who ends up having to use the document - and make sure he or she is happy with your results. Because if your goal is continued employment or marketability, that's who your "consumer" is.

Small business owners will almost always have smaller budgets than larger companies. To work with them you need to deal direct and carry your own contract rather than going in through a temp agency that will skim 30-40% off the top of what the client is paying. This is hard to do at the beginning of a career, when you don't have a track record and a base of happy past document "consumers" to recommend you to prospective clients. So unless you get really lucky, your most likely path is several years of in-house employee and temp agency work before you are ready to make a go at freelancing.

Gene Kim-Eng
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