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Accounting for Freelancers: 5 Tips to Master Your Business Finances

Note: The tips here are meant to provide an overview of best practices regarding accounting needs for freelancers. For advice specific to your situation, seek counsel from authorized financial experts.

For freelance medical writers and editors, day‑to‑day responsibilities include managing a business in addition to producing quality content. But collecting receipts, preparing for quarterly taxes, and staying on top of business accounting can be a major source of stress.

If you are a freelance medical writer overwhelmed by accounting, these tips are for you.

May 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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Topics: Freelancing

Can We Do More To Measure Our Value?

True or false:

Well-trained medical communicators bring value to the teams with whom they work.

I hope you answered true because that’s the right answer.

The key adjective of course is well-trained.

May 11, 2020 at 9:00 AM

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How to Run an Effective Meeting in 6 Steps

Many medical writers are tasked with more than crafting accurate documents. You might also need to manage projects and teams. 

Part of managing medical communication includes effectively leading meetings so that they drive documents forward to successful completion. 

Whether you're preparing to lead your first meeting or kicking off a new project, follow these best practices to meet your objectives. These best practices apply whether your meeting is in‑person or online.

May 4, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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How Should I Set My Freelance Medical Writing Rates?

This article is based on content presented by Eleanor Mayfield, ELS, at the AMWA Medical Writing & Communication Conference.

How to calculate freelance medical writing rates is a hotly debated topic among freelancers. Some are adamant about always charging a project fee; others swear by an hourly rate. Eleanor Mayfield led a discussion of the pros and cons of these common methods as well as strategies for implementing them that will benefit both freelancers and their clients. She stressed that no pricing method is perfect; the key is to determine which strategy is the best fit for each project.

April 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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Freelancers: Be Your Own Employee of the Month

You’ve just been named employee of the month. Hooray for you! Actually, when you’re a freelance medical writer or editor and you work for yourself, you are your own employee of the month EVERY month because there's no competition for the crown. The question is have you done all it takes to deserve that honor?

April 13, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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5 Tips for Being an Excellent Health Communication Specialist

To work in health communication, you need both detailed knowledge about health care and marketing and the ability to manage a variety of editorial and writing tasks.

Whether you’re starting out in health communication or considering a shift from another type of medical communication or medical writing, these tips can help you succeed.

April 6, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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