A freelance technical writer creates operations manuals and other technical documents for organizations on a freelance basis. The language used in these documents - such as technical concepts, processes and other information - often must be simplified for the end user while remaining accurate. However, in other cases, the freelance technical writer creates documents for professionals who are familiar with technical terms. In either case, it is important to have a strong comprehension of technical terms and concepts in the field within which the writer is working; they also need to be able to understand system diagrams and design specifications, as well as how the product works. In some cases, the ability to create technical illustrations may be needed in this role.
Since this is a freelance position, the writer may work for one or many companies at any one time. The work is carried out on an as-needed basis and may be paid per hour or per job. Freelance technical writers often work from home, although it is sometimes necessary to travel to the client’s office to collaborate with the technical team and other relevant parties. These writers' hours may vary depending on the needs of their clients and approaching deadlines.
Requirements for freelance technical writers vary depending on clients' field and needs. They generally need strong writing and editing skills and a portfolio demonstrating relevant previous work, as well as basic computer skills to conduct word processing and modify documents and images. Technical knowledge within their client's field may be needed as well.
Freelance Writer, Technical Tasks
Write technical documents including user manuals, scientific or technical publications, web content, and reports.
Research technical information, products, and processes.