Fwd: Re: Experience required for contracting / Staying current
According to the most recent STC independent contractor salary survey, the most frequent task performed by such is editing. However, I recently conversed with numerous independents who belong to this listserv and the majority said that they perform the same tasks as "regular" Technical Writers albeit to a higher level of sophistication.
Some said that they primarily edit; however, others said that they
perform end user task analysis (I still do not understand how this can be done without spending a bunch of time on-site), organize manuals, and create original content.
A couple stated keys to success:
* Have long-term clients whose products you become intimately familiar with through numerous assignments.
* Charge enough. Not only to cover medical, retirement, social security,and office expenses; but non-billable time. While employee writers work 2000 hours a year (not considering overtime), contractors typically bill between 1000 and 1500 hours.
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