Freelancing Opportunities in Technical Communication

by Gurpreet Singh

There exists a number of freelancing opportunities for Technical Communicators. However, most people are simply not aware of the trend and challenges one faces in freelance technical writing.

A presentation titled “Freelancing Opportunities in Technical Communication” was presented by Gurpreet Singh in May 2005 for STC India Chapter meeting held in New Delhi. The presentation slides and its transcript is available in this post.

Freelancing opportunities in technical communication – Presentation Transcript

1. By Gurpreet Singh Saturday, May 7, 2005 New Delhi Learning Session, STC India
* Models of freelancing
* World markets involved in “Buying and Producing” writing services
* Types of technical writing projects in overseas markets
* How to find projects both in part time and full time freelancing models
* Challenges involved in freelancing
* ‘ How’ and ‘What’ to Charge
* Problems related to freelancing
* Benchmarking
* Future prospects for freelancers
* A few tips for “to be freelancers”
* By Location
o Onsite
o Offsite (Telecommuting)
* By Work Place
o Local work (Indian Projects)
o Offshore work (International Projects)
* By Work Model
o Part time freelancing
o Full time freelancing
* Technical communication
* Business communication
* Web communication
* Help files
* Technical white papers
* Case studies
* Technology comparisons reports
* User manuals/guides
* Technical proposals
* Join an agency
* Join a company on project basis
* Find clients yourself
* Payments issues
* Sharp deadlines
* Cultural issues
* Different time zones
* Developing trust in clients
9. By Hour By Project By Page Monthly Wages
* Operating system
* Working tools
* Network limitation
* Human resource limitation
* Specific domains
* Specific technology
* Specific tools
* Specific work
* Stability
* Security
* Vertical growth
* Additional benefits
* Domain diversification
* Following deadlines
* Small projects
* Internal deadlines
* Be honest
* Giving more than expected
* Networking
14. More tips and information available at: 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] .