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Working as a remote writer is a mixed blessing. It has its good and bad sides both. Here are some points to consider if you are thinking to specialize as a remote writer:
Remote writers work in the comfort of their home-offices, away from the formality of an office.
Remote writers control their time. They enjoy the freedom that comes with the ability to set a flexible schedule.
Remote writers are usually paid more since they are independent contractors.
Remote writers need to have access to the product or system they are documenting. This might mean they need access to a VPN (Virtual Private Network) or corporate network which is not always possible.
Review cycles become more complicated for remote writers since most reviewers are engineers and developers, some in far-flung locations, and coordinating their efforts for timely reviews is not always an easy task – especially for writers who are perceived as “hired outsiders.”
Getting paid could be a problem for some remote writers, depending on the client. Writers on payroll get their salaries every other week, or at the end of every month. Freelance remote writers, on the other hand, may have to wait up to 90 days or more for their money.