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I didn't see any rates listed specifically for DC and tech writing, but it
should give you a good picture of what people are getting. Plus the site has
a BBS for ongoing discussions about contracts, brokers, clients, and legal
To tell you the truth, $42 seems a bit low, given your experience and the
fact that as an independent you'll be paying your own taxes and expenses. In
the Boston area, which probably has a market equivalent to DCs, you can get
this as a W-2 rate through a broker. A more reasonable rate might be $50-65.
However, if this is a startup and they are giving stock options, the hourly
rate might balance out. You're risking immediate pay for future gain.
In any event, congratulations on getting that first direct contract.
From: kip martin [mailto:onefourfive -at- HOTMAIL -dot- COM]
Sent: Friday, May 14, 1999 7:52 PM
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
Subject: consulting $$ question
uh oh...i'm leaving my safeperm job with a stupid, lumbering dinosaur to
consult (self employed!) with a small well-funded startup.
im senior (10+ years) w/ mostly project lead exp. in stuff like
- documenting APIs and complex software for a developer audience
- authoring w/ RoboHelp
- building/managing internal websites (w/ frontpage and raw HTML)
in addition to tech writing, ill be setting up their intranet via frontapage
and creating a doc management scheme for the entire knowledge corpus. the
project will last through summer with an option to sign on and get stock
options, etc. if i want.
im billing $42 per hour.
- how much are my skills/exp. worth to employers in the DC area?
- did i under- or overbid?
i appreciate any feedback!
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