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The Importance of Remote Technical Writers

Every company, regardless of size or industry, can benefit from the help of a technical writer. Whether you want to improve your internal business operations or help customers get the most out of your product, technical documentation is your best bet for success. There are certainly options to choose from when looking for a technical writer. However, a remote technical writer might just be the perfect match. With specialized skills and a wide variety of industry knowledge, opening up to the remote technical writer market can make all the difference.

When developing technical documentation, it can be tempting to pass the job off to someone in-house or even hire a new employee full-time for the task. You might be thinking: Is it better for your developers, software engineers, or other types of employees that you hire to do product development and write the product documentation? What about hiring a new employee overall? Is it better to contract firms to do your technical writing? Though it may seem puzzling at first, there is a clear answer.

Hiring a remote technical writer frees your in-house team to continue doing what they do best. This also improves your bottom line as you can ensure each employee is in a role best suited to their skills. A cost analysis will also show that it makes more sense to hire a remote technical writer than to bring a technical writer on full-time for your business. Going with a remote technical writer means you aren’t at risk of losing time and resources or generating internal frustration or strife. Additionally, you gain the specialized skills and work of a top-tier communicator, ensuring that your technical documentation is the best of the best.

Benefits of a Technical Writer

The primary job of a technical writer is to present complex ideas and concepts, clearly explaining them in ways everyone can easily understand. Because of this, technical writers have a specialized skill set and a handle on how to communicate information best. In addition, technical writers create readable copy faster and cheaper than product developers, engineers, or managers. While skilled, these workers are less used to developing technical documentation. Working with a remote technical writer will be quicker and more efficient, with a top-quality product. Hiring a technical writer saves time and reduces costs without sacrificing quality.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic 2020, remote workers were a growing trend. Although many direct line managers at the time still wanted to be able to see and interact with their direct reports, COVID-19 has changed the way companies view remote employees and their value to the organization. Extended periods of work-from-home orders proved to employers and employees alike that efficient work can be done out of the office. This has opened up a grand world for remote technical writers – a group that Essential Data has worked with for over 15 years – while opening up new business opportunities. Hiring a remote technical writer breaks the financial and geographic limitations in-person writers would pose. 

How to Select a Remote Technical Writer

So, you have decided to move forward with a remote technical writer. Now what? You will have different things to consider depending on your business industry and project type. You may find yourself with many options for hiring a remote technical writer. So, where should you begin?

You could vet each candidate yourself, assessing their background and portfolio. However, this is time-consuming and a waste of resources. A far better option, thankfully, is already in sight. A contracting company like Essential Data Corporation will do all the legwork for you. Working with these types of companies reduces stress, as they will pick a remote technical writer that is right for you and your project without the hassle.

At Essential Data Corporation, we select remote technical writers based on our clients’ requirements. Our 30 years of experience have enabled us to develop a network of pre-vetted remote technical writers. These writers are incredibly skilled and come from various industry backgrounds, enabling us to provide you with a custom perfect fit. Essential Data Corporation selects remote technical writers based on our client’s requirements, not the other way around. We sweeten the deal, too, by providing you with an engagement manager at no additional cost throughout your project. The engagement manager helps facilitate company-writer interaction to ensure a top-quality product and unbeatable experience.

EDC Consultations

Regarding remote technical writers, no one in the business is as skilled or established as Essential Data Corporation. With over 30 years of experience, we are ready to help you with any documentation you need. Not sure what that looks like yet? No need to worry; we offer a free initial consultation. We match your industry and project type to a writer’s background and skills to ensure you have the best experience and documentation possible. Our expertise and network of vetted writers can provide you with the best remote technical writer in the business for your project. 

Essential Data Corporation brings this all together. Remote since 2007, EDC’s remote technical writing consultants work in industries across the country creating all types of documentation. No matter your industry or project, we are here to bring you the best possible product and experience. We service product guides, policies, procedures, user guides, manuals for direct copy, web publication, internal document management systems, and much more. Our unique client-centric approach provides you with a custom experience and top-tier documentation. When working with Essential Data Corporation, you are always our first priority.

How EDC can Help

Whether you need a single technical writer for a brief project or a team of consultants to produce a complete line of documentation, the quality of our work is guaranteed for you. Our clients work closely with an Engagement Manager from one of our 30 local offices for the entire length of your project at no additional cost. Contact us at (800) 221-0093 or to get started.