Understanding and Practicing Ethics in Regulatory Writing

This article, written by Peggy Boe, RN, and Barbara Snyder, MA, was originally published in the AMWA Journal.

Regulatory writers are often faced with ethical situations, though we may not always recognize them as such. The way we define ethical behavior in general is based on our personal upbringing, religious beliefs, culture, and environment. Ethical behavior in the workplace is further defined by our employers, professional organizations, and in some cases, even the government.

August 3, 2020 at 12:30 PM

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Health Communication Strategies to Connect with a Public Audience

Amid ongoing global health issues and a shifting economy, many experienced medical writers recognize an opportunity to expand their skill sets. For writers interested in moving into health communication, it is crucial to understand the difference between writing for a professional audience and communicating health information to the general public. 

July 20, 2020 at 10:30 AM

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How to Nurture Lasting Client Relationships and Boost Your Bottom Line

This article is based on content presented by Katherine Molnar‑Kimber, PhD, Kimnar Group LLC, and Deborah Anderson, PhD, DGA Medical Communications, at the AMWA Medical Writing & Communication Conference.

For freelance writers and independent contractors, establishing long‑term client relationships has clear advantages. Working with long‑term clients reduces time spent on administrative tasks, such as marketing, acquiring resources, and learning new formats, which increases the time available for producing the deliverable. The stability provided by long‑term clients also improves peace of mind and is usually financially beneficial.

July 6, 2020 at 12:30 PM

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When and How to Subcontract Work as a Freelance Medical Writer

This article is based on content presented by Brian Bass, MWC, and Emma Hitt Nichols, PhD, ELS, at the AMWA Medical Writing & Communication Conference.

Brian Bass and Emma Nichols have over 24 years of combined experience in hiring and working with freelance medical writers. Their education session focused on outlining the major considerations for freelance medical writers who are thinking about bringing on subcontractors—providing advice and guidance on making this decision and supporting their transition.

June 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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10 Ways to Grow and Maintain Your Freelance Writing Business

This article is based on content presented by Laura J. Ninger, ELS, at the AMWA Medical Writing & Communication Conference.

June 1, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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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