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Freelancing Opportunities in Technical Communication slides. The workshop was conducted for STC India (New Delhi) chapter in May 2005. The workshop aim was to introduce the concept of freelancing to technical writers in New Delhi.

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Freelancing opportunities in technical communication

  1. 1. By Gurpreet Singh Saturday, May 7, 2005 New Delhi Learning Session, STC India
  2. 2. <ul><li>Models of freelancing </li></ul><ul><li>World markets involved in “Buying and Producing” writing services </li></ul><ul><li>Types of technical writing projects in overseas markets </li></ul><ul><li>How to find projects both in part time and full time freelancing models </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Challenges involved in freelancing </li></ul><ul><li>‘ How’ and ‘What’ to Charge </li></ul><ul><li>Problems related to freelancing </li></ul><ul><li>Benchmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Future prospects for freelancers </li></ul><ul><li>A few tips for “to be freelancers” </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>By Location </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Onsite </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offsite (Telecommuting) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>By Work Place </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local work (Indian Projects) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offshore work (International Projects) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>By Work Model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Part time freelancing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full time freelancing </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Technical communication </li></ul><ul><li>Business communication </li></ul><ul><li>Web communication </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Help files </li></ul><ul><li>Technical white papers </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Technology comparisons reports </li></ul><ul><li>User manuals/guides </li></ul><ul><li>Technical proposals </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Join an agency </li></ul><ul><li>Join a company on project basis </li></ul><ul><li>Find clients yourself </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Payments issues </li></ul><ul><li>Sharp deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural issues </li></ul><ul><li>Different time zones </li></ul><ul><li>Developing trust in clients </li></ul>
  9. 9. By Hour By Project By Page Monthly Wages
  10. 10. <ul><li>Operating system </li></ul><ul><li>Working tools </li></ul><ul><li>Network limitation </li></ul><ul><li>Human resource limitation </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Specific domains </li></ul><ul><li>Specific technology </li></ul><ul><li>Specific tools </li></ul><ul><li>Specific work </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Stability </li></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Vertical growth </li></ul><ul><li>Additional benefits </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Domain diversification </li></ul><ul><li>Following deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Small projects </li></ul><ul><li>Internal deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest </li></ul><ul><li>Giving more than expected </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul>
  14. 14. More tips and information available at: http://gurpreetwrites.wordpress.com G urpreet Singh is a professional writer and a trainer based in New Delhi having a keen interest in Human Psychology. He works in the creative realms of Technical Writing, Business Writing (MarCom), Web-Copy Writing and Training. He can be contacted at [email_address] .

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