I am looking for opportunities as entry level technical writer or want to volunteer with people or organizations involved in technical writing so as to learn new skills and build my portfolio. Any recommendations?
Hi, I want to design an agenda/planner that can be generated by a script and have highly customizable formatting, but I am not sure which workflow to use. I was thinking HTML+CSS, but I have not been lucky with conversion from HTML to PDF. Is there a known way to do this?
I currently work full-time as a technical content writer at a software company, primarily creating software documentation, video tutorials, and web-based training. I have been in the tech industry for about 10 years and have done freelance writing on and off for about 5 years. I love the work I do, but I am eager to return to the flexibility of freelance work.
I'm expecting my first child later this year and will be raising him as a single mom, and it goes without saying that I desire more flexibility in my workday. I know that full-time work is more consistent and secure, but I want to be able to be there for my child, especially as he gets older, instead of being tied down to the office. Not to mention, save on childcare. I understand that caring for a child at home while working can be difficult, but its worth it to me, and I will be able to leave him with my mother 2-3 days during the week.
I am curious if anyone has advice on these questions--
Is contract work reliable and steady, especially in the realm of software documentation / training? I would need an income of at least 75K to be comfortable and hope to get to 100K one day. Is that unrealistic with my background?
Can tax write-offs come close to matching the benefits of full-time work (health insurance, paid holidays, 401K, etc.)? For example, the write-offs for a home office can be significant, especially with the cost of living in my area (southern California)! I understand that retirement savings can also be written off. Marketplace health insurance is expensive, but probably around the same cost as childcare.
If I decide this isn't a terrible idea, any tips for how I can safely transition to freelance work? I will be taking a few months of maternity leave, and am already picking up side work to bring in some extra savings. But transitioning to full-time freelance work seems a bit scary. I will be living at my mother's house after my child is born, so that will give me some stability and help me build savings before I find a place for just the two of us.
I know this post was long, but I really appreciate anyone who took the time to read it, and any advice or experience offered. Thank you for reading.
Hey everyone..I work at an open source company, and am frequently asked how to get started with open source contributions. This is a topic I am passionate about because I have found immense value in working with open source projects. But my pet peeve is that while everyone agrees that contributing to open source is a great idea, nobody really talks about how to actually go about it:
- What is an open source project?
- How do you get started with one?
- What do you need to know to make meaningful contributions?
- What are the things to look out for, or things not to do?
So I am conducting a free webinar this Saturday to answer all these questions and also walk through a few open source projects I personally like. So join me on May 19 at 8:30 PM IST to discuss how to contribute to open source projects.