Category Archives: freelancing

Reader Response: How Do I Transition from Teaching to Technical Writing?

A friend of a friend was seeking advice about how to move from teaching to becoming a technical writer. Her message and my response are below. If you’re in a similar situation, you might find this exchange useful!

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Steady Jobs vs. Freelance Gigs

I’ve covered some of this before, but I still get asked about it occasionally by readers and friends. “How do you do it?” I hear, with “it” being living my life without a boss, a steady job, or company-subsidized healthcare? … Continue reading

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Letting the Client Tell Their Story

A new customer called this past week to explain his needs. He’s a friend, so the conversation occasionally drifted into personal items as expected. However, one thing I noticed after checking my clock was that the initial call about work … Continue reading

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Working for Geniuses

Recently, it occurred to me that I’m not nearly as much of a genius as I used to think I was. This is not done with a great deal of sadness, merely a pragmatic realization (one of my father’s favorite … Continue reading

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The Most Important Questions to Ask a New Client

While I’ve written previously about the two most important questions you should ask when given a new task or assignment, since I just picked up a new client recently, I thought I’d take a step back and address the sorts … Continue reading

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Alternative Methods of Payment

If you’re like me, you grew up with the notion of getting a regular paycheck in return for your labor. However, there are alternative methods of payment available to the freelancer–they just might involve delayed gratification or a bit of … Continue reading

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Contracting vs. Consulting

A while back, I read a book on consulting, and it occurred to me, given the advice being given and the types of activities described, that I am not, in fact, a consultant. I am a contractor.

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