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Your product needs User Documentation (manuals, instructions, etc), but your small company (20 to 100 employees) has no in-house staff to create that documentation. This article describes how to select and enable your “non-writer” employees to create Great User Documentation. You NEED Great User Documents.
Your Product needs Great User Documents (Instruction Manuals, User Guides, Reference Manuals, Instruction Sheets, etc. ):
- Undocumented features become expensive flaws . All products have shortcomings; Great User Documents help your Users around these problems . Providing information beyond the minimum helps reduce technical support costs
Your Users deserve Great User Documents:
- To eliminate jumps in the documentation that the User cannot follow . To understand what the product will do and how it performs . To provide tips and knowledge to provide the best possible User experience
Great User Documentation will reduce support costs, increase User satisfaction, and increase your profit (fewer returns and more positive recommendations).
But You Have No Writing Staff…
Yes you do! If you can find employees who are between projects, or want to take on additional responsibilities and acquire new skills, then these can be your writing staff.
However, you may be considering hiring an outside freelance writer. Perhaps that is a good choice. However, let me list some benefits of using in-house non-writers over freelance writers…