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By Lisa Paredes
Are you good at writing? If you love to write on different topics, there is a way to earn money from it. Nowadays with so many technology companies, there is a great need for good technical writers that document, explain and teach how to use particular equipment, certain software or application and information systems. This article explains to you all the right things that need to be done to start a technical writing business.
What Is a Technical Writer?
Basically a technical writer is the one who describes or teaches a technical subject to individuals who have non-technical background or someone who is unfamiliar with the topic. Tech writers create software manuals, write hardware installation guides, instructions, procedures and help content for different products.
Technical writing is best suited as work from home business. You can easily communicate with clients over phone or through emails. You can work full time or part time depending upon your needs and priorities. Home based tech writers are paid either by project or on hourly basis. The remuneration is good as the clients save on resources such as office space and equipment costs. You can set up a website that can showcase your qualifications and work.
Start Up Costs
To start a technical writing business at home you would need a home office. Your home office would need a computer, internet connection and a dedicated phone line. Having a webcam would also help to have online conferences with the clients. You would also need fax machine, telephone equipment, copier and laser printer for the office. You can even purchase several technical manuals to use as reference while writing. These all add up to around $2500 to $5000 that also includes the cost of advertising.
How To Market Your Business
Any business needs effective promotional strategies to be successful and profitable. Advertising is especially necessary when you are working from home. You need to market your technical writing business to the local business community. You need to start contacting your friends, family members and former colleagues and inform them about your home business.
For the promotional purposes, starting a website and having business cards printed would help. For designing the website, stick to the basics. Do not incorporate fancy designs and over the top advertising. Have a clean and professional look. Also make sure to present your details without spelling errors or grammatical mistakes. You would be advertising your writing skills on the website so the write up should be free from errors. You can also advertise in trade magazines specifically to your niche market.
Getting the first assignment may be a bit difficult but once you start working getting additional work would get easier and slowly your business would grow.
A technical writing business has wide options and a great potential. If you are good at writing and have good understanding of technical procedures and manuals, you can have a highly successful home based business.