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The Insider's Guide to Technical Writing by Krista Van Laan

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Working with Contractors

When tech writers have too much to do and their budgets allow, it’s a common practice to hire contractors, or short-term hourly workers, to help out. As the saying goes, many hands make light work.

Of course, there’s another saying, also true: “Nine women can’t make a baby in one month,” which reminds us that there is only so much help that a contractor can provide. This section discusses some of the things you need to know, both positive and negative, when bringing temporary workers into a writing project.

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Contractors can help if you are able to carve out a significant amount of “extra” work; that is, ...

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