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FAQs

Updated: January 12th, 2013 09:05 AM (MT)

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most frequently asked questions about freelancing.

Members of the CIC SIG of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of STC created this FAQ to provide information about "striking out on your own" as a technical communicator.

The information in this FAQ came from various sources. Some of the information came from a Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting that featured a panel of independent technical communicators and others in related fields. The panel included Jeffrey Rowe (independent technical communicator), Peter Kent (independent technical communicator), Brian Alexander (CPA), and Roxane Brock (recruiter), and was moderated by Roy Sargent (independent technical communicator). This FAQ was written by Linda Gallagher of TechCom Plus LLC with help from former members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter's CIC SIG.

Important Note:
This information reflects the experiences and opinions of experienced, independent technical communicators. Your experience and opinion may be different. You should consult with your accountant and lawyer in all matters relating to business expenses, taxes, incorporation, and other business issues.

General

W2 vs. 1099 Contracting

Getting Started

Taxes and Legal Issues

Insurance and Benefits

Pricing

Avoiding Burnout