How To increase Daily Rates For Technical Writers

Knowledge is power. Knowing the daily rates of others in your industry helps you negotiate fees and get a better deal. I’ve worked in the US, UK and now here in Asia and have seen a vast difference in the rates that writers work for. Some of my friends in India work for $15 per […]

3 Ways to Turn Outsourcing to Your Advantage

Image Chris Pirillo Outsourcing is not going to go away. Our recent Technical Writers survey showed that US companies are now outsourcing technical documentation projects big-time to India, Poland and Portugal. This is not going to change. It’s just a business decision. Feeling bad/sad/mad about it won’t change it. But what you can do is […]

Is Freelancing Right For You?

Ariana Green on HarvardBusiness.org asks Is Freelancing Right For You? “The perks are tempting: mid-morning jogs, hours billed from a café in Paris or from your back porch, not needing permission to skip a day to take care of a sick child. But does it make sense for you to take the plunge into freelance […]

Can you get a Technical Writer job without a Degree?

I got this email during the week. There are quite a few things to address here but the bottom line is, as is mentioned below, is it worth the time and money to take college technical writing courses? “I’ve been reading articles about Technical Writing and I’m thinking about a change in career. I’ve worked […]

5 Alternative Careers for Technical Writers

Many IT professionals, technical writers included, have seen their salaries frozen or reduced over the past 18 months. Contractors are suffering the same fate as short-term projects dry up. However, several of my colleagues have managed to move out of technical writing and into other, better paid lines of work. Here’s a roundup. How to […]

Shortcut to go to the END of a MS Word document

If you want to go directly to the end of a Word document when you open it, Press Ctrl+End when you open the document. If you want to create a little macro that does this automatixcally, add the following lines of code in the Autoopen macro: Sub AutoOpen() Selection.EndKey Unit:=wdStoryEnd Sub Tip: sent to us […]

How to Write Your First Technical Documentation Plan

Preparing a Documentation Plan involves several different activities. Depending on the complexity of the project you may want to change the depth of the plan, but most plans will include: Overview Resource Requirements Schedule Deliverables Documentation Plan for only $3.99 Tip: Documentation plans are also known as Information Development plans. In this article, we’ll look […]

Batch Processing Tricks for Digital Images

Batch It! is ideal for digital photographers who want to resize and rename a large batch of images. According to the developers created Batch It!, “We looked for tools to handle batch image resizing but the tools at that point of time were simply too expensive and too difficult to use. That set us in […]