freelancing survey results

Subject: freelancing survey results
From: Nancy McGuire <Nkmcguire -at- AOL -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 1996 13:07:47 -0400

A few weeks ago, I posted a brief survey to the Chemical Information and
Technical Writers listservs. I got four responses, summarized below. Thanks
to those of you who responded. If enough other people respond, I may do an

Nancy McGuire
nkmcguire -at- aol -dot- com


1. What kind of organization do you work for? (university, government,
chemical manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, other - specify)

aerospace manufacturing
publishing house affiliated with nonprofit professional society
university research facility
small publicly held company

2. Are you using more/fewer/the same number of freelancers now than you did
five years

using more contract employees than freelancers
fewer (use more contract employees than freelancers)
only three years old, but have used one freelancer consistently

3. What types of projects are you contracting out to freelancers? (manual
writing, abstracting, copy editing, other - specify)

manuals, hte specs
copy editing
use very few freelancers
technical manuals

4. What rates do you typically pay?

$30-$50 per hour
pay according to experience
about $50 an hour, depending on experience
$45-$50 per hour

5. Do you use freelance editors or writers to assist your colleagues for
whom English is a second language?

not formally

6. Do you hire freelancers more than 50 miles away from your business

generally no

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