[Checklist] Documents Reviews with Indian Technical Writing Team

Does your technical writing team have offices in Bangalore? Many US software companies are moving technical writing projects to India, Romania, Singapore and Poland. I often help these teams setup their tech writing dept and mentor junior writers who are finding their way. Document reviews are one area you need to focus on to ensure […]

Why Tech Writing Skills Will Become a Commodity

Dan Pink found this quote. “[The programming language] C++ is now an international language. If that’s all you know, then you’re competing with people in India or China who will do the work for less.”

How to Move Out of Technical Writing & into Higher Paid Jobs

How do I start a career in technical writing? How do I get out of technical writing? I get asked these two questions most every week. If your career in technical writing is stalling – or you just want a fresh start – then here’s some alternative career paths. Many Technical Writers have had their […]

[How To] Find a Technical Writing Niche

Tom Peters says, “the value of services will continue to fall” and that the only way to survive is to differentiate yourself from the competition. Is this true? How do you as a technical writer make yourself stand out from the crowd? If you don’t, what impact could this have on your career? How to […]

Why did you choose to be a Technical Writer?

Why did you become a technical writer? Some move into technical writing by accident (me!) while for others it was part of their career path.  I spoke to some technical writers about this recently. Here’s what I learned.

10 Best Mistakes I Made in 2009

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. If you don’t know your mistakes you’re going to repeat them. Here’s my best mistakes.

How Outsourcing Can Help Your Technical Writing Career

Image by Ivan Walsh via Flickr Most technical writers see outsourcing as a real threat. But, if you look at it from another angle, it’s one huge business opportunity.

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 […]

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 […]