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

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Consultant or Captive?

After you’ve built up your job experience and expertise, you might start to wonder whether it’s really necessary to work for someone else at all. Many technical writers have a lucrative and enjoyable career as free, or somewhat free, agents. However, as true independent workers they may be on their own for health insurance, retirement savings, and setting aside the right money for all kinds of taxes.

You might refer to an independent worker as a consultant, contractor, or freelancer. None of these is a payrolled full-time employee of the companies for whom they actually do the work. In fact, they can work for more than one company at the same time.

You Say Consultant, I Say Contractor

The terms in this chapter mean different ...

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