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A Technical Writer Cost Benefit Analysis

    a person typing at a computer, representing the important work done by technical writers hired via independent contractors

    When it comes to approaching technical and documentation writing projects, a company must do a cost analysis for technical writers. The hiring manager is left with three options to approach the writing project. They can use a pre-existing employee who might not be particularly experienced in technical writing, they can onboard an entirely new full-time employee, or they can hire an independent contractor.

    Oftentimes, these projects are short-term, rather than ongoing work. For example, many of the jobs Essential Data contracts tech writers for grant submissions and documentation paperwork. These projects are typically a one-time or occasional need, rather than an ongoing need, which explains the appeal of hiring an independent contractor rather than bringing on a full-time employee.

    At What Cost of Hiring a Technical Writer?

    Because independent contractors are employed by a consulting company which pays based on hours work, the consulting company carries the responsibility of PTO, payroll, and benefits. By employing through a third party company like Essential Data Corporation, factors such as payroll taxes, healthcare, PTO and 401k are taken care of by the consulting firm in question. Through technical writer cost analysis, the costs of a technical writer are greatly reduced for the company seeking one. “It costs around 20% more to employ a full-time employee than an independent contractor,” says Essential Data CEO Antionette Allocca.

    A Valuable Decision

    Here are some additional benefits to hiring an independent contractor for your technical writing needs:

    • Staffing Flexibility
    • Reduce Exposure to Lawsuits
    • Higher level of efficiency due to specialized skillet
    • Works independently
    • Cost per employee savings
    • Access to global talent unlocked

    According to Antionette Allocca, “It’s a win-win situation for the employer: a company gets talent quickly, but does not have to immediately offer benefits to their new hire. Instead of maintaining an employee who is a technical writer indefinitely, a firm can bring in a tech writer contractor for a task and then allow the contract to end whenever the time is right,” said Allocca. 

    “Hiring managers know that technical writer contractors are a flexible option for completing projects, especially when the budget isn’t there to hire a full-time worker,” said Allocca.

    Efficiency is Key

    As highlighted above, when hiring an independent contractor, you are hiring a more efficient employee. Independent contractors, specifically technical writers, have their own niche skill set, allowing them to accomplish more tasks at a faster rate. There is no need for lengthy training or on-boarding processes when you hire a technical writer with Essential Data Corporation.

    After hiring a technical or documentation writer with EDC, they will join your team and immediately begin performing at full capacity. By hiring a tech writer, you are tapping into a wealth of specialized knowledge that you would not be able to find existing within your company otherwise.

    Furthermore, the cost effectiveness of hiring an independent contractor adds to the high value of a technical writer. As mentioned above, the independent contractor does not receive their benefits from the company in need of their services and eliminates the risky expenses of onboarding a new employee. “Most of our clients at Essential Data Corporation express that hiring our technical writer contractors reduces the risk their business takes on. The tech writers save these companies money and provide access to in-demand writing skills without adding to company risk,” said Allocca. 

    If your company is in need of a technical or documentation writer, find an independent contractor who will be the most cost effective choice for your company with Essential Data Corporation.  At Essential Data Corporation, the quality of our work is guaranteed. Contact us today to get started. (800) 221-0093 or sales@edc.us

    Written by Ariana Sweany

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