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 Improve Your Screenshots

Here’s a quick trick when taking screenshots of the entire desktop. Hide the taskbar automatically so you don’t have to waste time editing it in Snagit.

How to Study Technical Writing Online

The University of Limerick, Ireland offers an excellent online course for those who want to study technical writing at home. This university has a pretty amazing campus, specializes in the Arts and provides a conveyor belt of freshly-minted technical writers to Microsoft, Google and IBM in Ireland. It’s one of the few universities in Europe […]

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 […]

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 […]