Part-Time Technical Writer
Quality Documentation without a Full-Time Commitment
Do you need an experienced technical writer, but don't have the budget for a full-time commitment?
Does having a part-time technical writer on board just make more sense for your project?
Yes? Then I would love to hear from you.
I know there are contract technical writers who won't entertain the idea of part-time hours, but I'm not one of them. I've worked part-time on many projects, and it really isn't a problem. In fact, there can be some benefits to a part-time arrangement (I'll explain these further down the page).
For part-time projects, I need a minimum of 2 days per week to make it viable. It is really difficult to achieve anything in less than 2 days, as there's always an amount of research to be done, and it usually means I will need to interview your subject matter experts (SMEs) or at least get a demo.
But am I the right man for your documentation project? I'd like to think so. During my 20 year career, I've documented software, hardware, and processes and I've written marketing copy and training material too. I'm a certified MadCap Flare advanced user (V11) and I've used other leading tools too, including Paligo, Confluence, Adobe products, and Word. So I bring lots of technical writing skills and knowledge from past work to your project.
Can a Part-Time Technical Writer be Productive Enough?
Naturally, if I'm working as your part-time technical writer, it will take a little bit longer to complete the work. But you'll be surprised at what can be achieved in just a few days. I am experienced and knowledgable, and I like to get stuck into the work immediately, so I'll be productive right from the start.
Another point worth considering is that I bring more than just technical writing expertise. I'm also going to bring an element of product testing and I will report issues and suggest improvements as part of my day-to-day work. My background and training means I often think of things that may have been overlooked, such as settings having names that could be ambiguous, or processes having extra steps that could be removed.
Any writer who claims they can work at 100% full time is stretching the truth. Writing can be mentally tiring, especially when writing about the same subject for an extended period, and even the best of us can get a little jaded from time to time. With a part-time post, this is much less of a problem.
What Happens if a Full-Time Opportunity Comes Along?
If you hire a part-time technical writer, you're probably going to have that little niggling doubt in the back of your mind that if a full-time offer comes along, the writer will be dumping you and going after the money. I'm sure that does happen, but it's not my style. Once I've made a commitment, I like to see it through.
But to make this feasible, I do have a minimum period of 2 days per week, and ideally I aim for 3 days per week.
Could you use my technical writing skills on a part-time basis? If you are in the East Midlands or can allow for remote working, I'd love to hear from you. Use the button below to get in touch.