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March 14, 2011 8:57 AM Subscribe
I'm a consultant. The worst part of my job is writing tons of documents. If I outline the ideas and edit the final product myself, can I outsource the writing part? How would I do that?
posted by Tehhund to work & money (12 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm an IT consultant. As you can imagine, I end up writing a lot of documents to spell out how a system works / is going to work, why design decisions were made, arguing pros / cons of different approaches, and planning project. I enjoy gathering the data to write these documents, imagining and outlining the solution, and defining what information will actually make it into these documents. But I really dislike the actual act of writing it up, formatting everything consistently, etc. My clients pay me for my knowledge, not for my MS Word proficiency.
What I would like to do is create an outline of these documents and the content that should go into them and pay someone to return a not-very-rough draft which I would then edit into the final product. When I was at a larger company I did something similar with newer team members - I gave them the ideas, they wrote the drafts, then we met to make changes and finalize the document. It was wonderful and I would pay to have a similar situation again.
Has anyone done something similar? How did you do it? How did you find your freelancer? How did you manage each writing task, and how did you manage hourly rate and payment details?
I've heard of Mechanical Turk, but since this is a recurring need I think it would be better to connect with a single freelancer or a single organization so there is consistency and (hopefully) some learning. Also, I've seen some websites that offer outsourced technical writing, but I don't think this exactly fits that bill - it's not software documentation, it's business process and decision documentation.
Personal stories, things to consider, and links to resources that I should read are all welcome.