Are you looking for a part-time technical writer? Someone who can create high quality documentation, both online and user manuals, and is willing to work just a few days per week, with periodic breaks when your documentation needs die down? Then I may be able to help.
A professional technical communicator since 1997, I have a wealth of experience documenting software and hardware. I have produced user-friendly online help, wiki-style articles, and hard copy user-guides, for various applications and devices and can offer my services on a part-time or full-time basis (subject to availability).
Part-Time Technical Writer – Freelance or Contract
Is this your current situation?:
“We’re looking for a part-time technical writer who can create high quality end-user documentation, both hard copy manuals and online content. We imagine this being a long-term relationship, where the part-time technical writer will help us for 2-3 days per week, with breaks in the work when the need for documentation dies down. But we’re struggling to find someone with the right skills who can work part-time.”
I understand your predicament. It can be difficult to find a technical writer who has the experience and abilities you need, but who is willing to work part-time. That’s probably because of the nature of our business – most technical writers in the UK either work as full-time employees or are contractors who work full-time on 3, 6, or 12 month contracts. But the good news is that I have a wealth of experience and regularly work on a part-time basis with clients, so could be a great match.
Technical Writing Assistance – When You Need It
Okay, so now you know I can work as a part-time technical writer, but what about my skills and experience? Since I graduated with a Technical Communication degree (1997), I have worked predominantly in software documentation, creating online help and user manuals for SCADA software. However, I have also documented hardware, including electronic control devices and home-use medical devices, and have documented processes too, most recently for an out-of-hours service provider to the NHS.
Most importantly, I know how to identify your target audience and explain complex concepts, systems, and processes in terms they understand. I’m also used to working with SMEs, so know how to build the relationships I need to get information, without causing unnecessary delays in their work.
Here’s an overview what I bring to your project:
- 18+ years’ experience as a Technical Author and Copywriter.
- Creator of clear, concise and engaging online help, user guides, training material, marketing material.
- Based in Chesterfield, so can work in the East Midlands or South Yorkshire, or work remotely for businesses anywhere.
- BA in Technical Communication.
- Fellow of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators.
- Experience of working as a technical writer for software, hardware, and services.
- Industry-specific knowledge of SCADA, cooling, data centres, electrical stimulation devices, waste water works
- Certified Advanced Madcap Developer
- Success Works certified SEO copywriter, so qualified to create marketing too.
- Proven track record working for multi-national companies and UK businesses.
- Knowledge of various authoring tools, including MadCap Flare, Atlassian Confluence, Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe InDesign, MS Word.
- Up-to-date knowledge and access to the opinions of fellow professionals (ISTC). Knowledge of technical communication practices and expertise in user assistance and content strategy.
- Ability to build relationships with subject matter experts. I’ve worked with all sorts, and have the people skills and humility to build relationships and make sure everyone is pulling in the same direction.
- Professionalism without being ‘corporate’.
- Reliability. Tell me what you need and who your experts are, and leave me to get on with it!
- Value for money. Previous clients have told me that my work is top notch, while my prices are lower than other technical writers that they have used.
- Currently learning XML, XSLT, XPath and structured writing (DITA).
- Can work as a full-time technical writer or a part-time technical writer.
How Much Does it Cost?
My fees for technical writing are £40 per hour (see Prices), and I book time in half-day slots. I prefer to work on one customer’s project per day, and 2-3 days per week is the usual approach. In my experience, most technical writing projects take a number of weeks to complete or update, and so I tend to book time-slots for 1-6 month periods. For example, I have one client who hired me to work 2 days per week on their MadCap Flare project, initially for 6 months, but this has been extended as the scope of the project has increased.