AMWA Blog

    How to Keep a Steady Stream of Jobs as a Freelance Medical Writer

    Most successful freelance medical communicators seek a steady stream of work by cultivating a roster of trusted repeat clients. 

    It is a mutually beneficial arrangement. When clients find a reliable freelancer who knows their business and produces high-quality work, they'll stick with them.

    April 8, 2024 at 9:42 AM

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    Tips from the Experts on Freelance Time Tracking

    Why should you track your time as a freelancer? 

    Freelance medical writers and editors are often juggling multiple projects for multiple clients. Whether you are getting paid per project or per hour, tracking the time you spend on each client’s work is essential for making sure you and the client are meeting expectations. If you don’t track your time, you can’t bill for it.

    January 29, 2024 at 9:00 AM

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    Topics: Freelancing

    The Home Office Toolkit: Software for Freelance Medical Communicators

    This blog is based, in part, on an AMWA webinar presented by Monica Nicosia, PhD, CMPP.

    At this point in history, when so much of our life and work happens online, it is almost hard to remember a time before digital tools were essential for the work of freelance medical communicators. 

    Even before the COVID19 pandemic, which sent so many workers to their home offices, freelance medical writers and editors often worked from home. Remote workers need secure, efficient technology that helps them to balance work lives while maximizing the efficiency of the hours that are billable to clients.

    What are the most common digital resources that are essential for freelancers? What types of software are experts recommending to advance and thrive in this line of work?

    December 4, 2023 at 9:00 AM

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    Topics: Freelancing

    Keeping Your Vital Data Safe: Cybersecurity for Medical Writers

    So much of our lives is connected online these days, and freelance medical communicators are using tools that allow collaboration with colleagues around the world. 

    This level of connectivity requires attention to cybersecurity to make sure data and key information are accessed only by people who are authorized to see them.  As a medical communicator, what can you do to protect yourself, your personal data, and your clients’ critical information from cyberattacks?

    November 6, 2023 at 12:04 PM

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    Should Freelancers Take On Long-Term Contracts for Medical Writing and Editing?

    Freelance medical writers typically work on projects for varying amounts of time, depending on the project parameters. However, on occasion, clients may want a freelancer to commit to being available to them for a set period of time rather than for a specific project. What is a long-term contract, and what should you do when a client offers you one? Let’s start at the beginning.

    September 25, 2023 at 11:04 AM

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    Are You Protected? Professional Liability Insurance for Freelancers

    As independent businesspeople, freelance medical writers are responsible for acquiring their own insurance policies. Some types of policies are critical for operating a business, while others depend on the structure of one’s freelance business. 

    May 1, 2023 at 9:00 AM

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