Wednesday 18 July, 2018: STC-SF presents To Contract or Not To Contract?
ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Many technical writers and content developers are curious about converting from salaried roles to contracting or freelancing. The freelance market promises flexible work schedules, the ability to work from anywhere, and the ability to cherrypick exciting projects. But most writers are nervous about taking the plunge. How is freelancing different from full-time employment? What are common pitfalls to watch for, and how can you prepare yourself for a new career path as a freelance writer? How do you know if you have what it takes to make the transition–and be happy doing it?
In this talk, Caitlin presents a writing contractor’s personality test: We’ll talk about 10 key ideas to help you decide whether contracting is right for you, from selling your work to insurance coverage. Along the way, we’ll discuss a few concrete tips to help you make the transition as seamless as possible.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Caitlin Cronkhite is a native farm girl from rural Indiana, a technical writing consultant, and the founder of Good Words LLC. She left her country roots to pursue a BS degree in Technical Writing and Communication from Carnegie Mellon University. Caitlin moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to build her career as a technical writer and content strategist for enterprise technology companies. She specializes in developing technical content for cloud, aerospace, and IoT technologies, but she never shies away from a complex technical challenge.
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6:00 PM: Networking
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