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					FREELANCING
Is it Right for You?
                   Agenda
• My Background
• The different aspects of freelancing:
  – Professional
  – Technical
  – Social
  – Financial
      Background - Corporate
Company       Type        Worked as:

Mangelson’s   Full Time   Craft Book Editor

                          Writer
                          Writing Team Manager
First Data    Full Time   Knowledge Engineer
                          Project Manager
                          Test Team Manager

Nexterna      Full Time   Publications Editor
     Background - Freelance
Company       Type       Worked on:

                         Flowcharts
Convergys     Contract   Architecture mapping
                            tables

                         Documentation for
Pamida Inc.   Contract
                           Operations Department

                         Portal Pilot
ConAgra
              Contract      Help Desk Guide
   Foods
                           Training Manuals
     Background - Freelance
Company        Type       Worked on:

Adesta         Contract   Forms and Proposals for
  Communi-                   Corps of Engineers
  cations                    Projects

IntegriGuard   Contract   Proposals for
                             Government Entities

Malnove        Contract   Processes and Project
                             Plan for Software
                             Implementation
     Background - Freelance
Company        Type          Worked on:

IntegriGuard   Independent   Access Database
                             Work Instructions
                             Proposals
                             Online Proposal Library

Northrop       Contract      Training Materials for
  Grumman                       Portal Project

Home Instead Contract        Functional Design
  Senior Care                  Document
      Background - Freelance
Company       Type       Worked on:

Omnium        Contract   Updates of Vender
 Worldwide                 Documentation
                         New Software Procedures


SITEL         Contract   Manuals
  Corporation            Policies and Procedures

Direct Tech   Contract   User Manuals
       Background – Current
Company        Type          Worked on:
Commerce       Independent   User Manuals
 Bank of       Part-time
 Kansas City

Strategic      Independent   Proposals
  Health       Part-time     Guides and Fact Sheets
  Solutions                  Web-based Training

InfoUSA        Contract      Policies and Procedures
               Part-time
           Getting Started
• Resume
              Getting Started
• Resume
• Portfolio
           Getting Started
• Resume
• Portfolio
• Good interviewing skills
             Getting Started
•   Resume
•   Portfolio
•   Good interviewing skills
•   Contracting companies - local and online
             Getting Started
•   Resume
•   Portfolio
•   Good interviewing skills
•   Contracting companies - local and online
•   Working from home (More later)
             Getting Started
•   Resume
•   Portfolio
•   Good interviewing skills
•   Contracting companies - local and online
•   Working from home (More later)
•   Travel Opportunities
  Professional Aspects - Pro
• Get insight into different industries
  Professional Aspects - Pro
• Get insight into different industries
• Learn to use new applications
  Professional Aspects - Pro
• Get insight into different industries
• Learn to use new applications
• Good way to make money while looking
  for a permanent position
  Professional Aspects - Pro
• Get insight into different industries
• Learn to use new applications
• Good way to make money while looking
  for a permanent position
• Avoid company politics
  Professional Aspects - Con
• Benefits vary widely
  Professional Aspects - Con
• Benefits vary widely
• Contracts aren’t always out there
  Professional Aspects - Con
• Benefits vary widely
• Contracts aren’t always out there
• Must deal with uncertainty
    Professional Aspects - Con
•   Benefits vary widely
•   Contracts aren’t always out there
•   Must deal with uncertainty
•   Often expected to know everything
    without orientation
        Technical Aspects
• If you love FrameMaker, get over it
  – Microsoft Word is most used
        Technical Aspects
• If you love FrameMaker, get over it
  – Microsoft Word is most used
• You’ve heard of:
  – Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, Access, SharePoint
         Technical Aspects
• If you love FrameMaker, get over it
  – Microsoft Word is most used
• You’ve heard of:
  – Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, Access, SharePoint
• But do you know:
  – Mozilla, Firefox, Ubuntu, Kubuntu
         Technical Aspects
• If you love FrameMaker, get over it
  – Microsoft Word is most used
• You’ve heard of:
  – Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, Access, SharePoint
• But do you know:
  – Mozilla, Firefox, Ubuntu, Kubuntu
• Equipment can leave something to be
  desired
        Technical Aspects
• You don’t have to be a programmer, but
  you have to understand them
        Technical Aspects
• You don’t have to be a programmer, but
  you have to understand them
• If you don’t know, ask (or look it up)
        Technical Aspects
• You don’t have to be a programmer, but
  you have to understand them
• If you don’t know, ask (or look it up)
• Know how long something will take
        Technical Aspects
• You don’t have to be a programmer, but
  you have to understand them
• If you don’t know, ask (or look it up)
• Know how long something will take
• Be flexible - companies have different
  styles
         Questions to Ask
• Do you follow a specific style?
         Questions to Ask
• Do you follow a specific style?
• Do you have preferred formatting?
         Questions to Ask
• Do you follow a specific style?
• Do you have preferred formatting?
• Are there disclaimer requirements?
           Questions to Ask
•   Do you follow a specific style?
•   Do you have preferred formatting?
•   Are there disclaimer requirements?
•   Where is the coffee and the restroom?
                Resources
•   http://www.webopedia.com
•   http://www.thefreedictionary.com
•   http://www.acronymfinder.com/
•   Style guide - many available
•   Classes - some could be free
•   Home electronics
           Social Aspects
• Be friendly and adaptable
           Social Aspects
• Be friendly and adaptable
• Not always treated as part of the group
           Social Aspects
• Be friendly and adaptable
• Not always treated as part of the group
• Some invite you to outings
           Social Aspects
• Be friendly and adaptable
• Not always treated as part of the group
• Some invite you to outings - some don’t
             Social Aspects
•   Be friendly and adaptable
•   Not always treated as part of the group
•   Some invite you to outings - some don’t
•   Being paid to fix something, but . . .
             Social Aspects
•   Be friendly and adaptable
•   Not always treated as part of the group
•   Some invite you to outings - some don’t
•   Being paid to fix something, but . . .
•   Develop a network
             Social Aspects
•   Be friendly and adaptable
•   Not always treated as part of the group
•   Some invite you to outings - some don’t
•   Being paid to fix something, but . . .
•   Develop a network
•   Remember it’s temporary
             Social Aspects
•   Be friendly and adaptable
•   Not always treated as part of the group
•   Some invite you to outings - some don’t
•   Being paid to fix something, but . . .
•   Develop a network
•   Remember it’s temporary
•   Location, Location, Location
         Financial Aspects
• Not secure, technical writing jobs aren’t
  always out there and established people
  get the call first
         Financial Aspects
• Not secure, technical writing jobs aren’t
  always out there and established people
  get the call first
• Might have to take contracts you are not
  happy with if you need the money
          Financial Aspects
• Taxes
        Financial Aspects
• Taxes
• If contracting company, you’re employee
        Financial Aspects
• Taxes
• If contracting company, you’re employee
• If independent, you pay taxes quarterly
  – Know the rules
  – Know what you can deduct
  – Keep records
       Working from Home
• Family considerations
       Working from Home
• Family considerations
• Have a place for work
       Working from Home
• Family considerations
• Have a place for work
• Have fairly consistent hours
         Working from Home
•   Family considerations
•   Set up a place to work
•   Have fairly consistent hours
•   Just because you’re home doesn’t mean
    you’re not at work
Working from Home
allinwriting@cox.net
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