Perhaps you've been very lucky during your first year of technical writing. The work is flowing in, your clients are pleased, and you're happy with the pay. It's crucial, however, not to overlook the importance of constantly improving your craft. Excellent technical writers know that there is always room for improvement, and they are constantly striving to make their writing just a little bit better. Here's why you should too:
Better Clients: Your current clients may be great companies that pay you well, but only by improving your skills can you hope to land big name clients that almost everybody has heard of. Clients that are household names are excellent additions to your resume, and will help you attract more big name clients. It's a snowball effect. Over time, you may also find that clients begin approaching you rather than the other way around.
Better Rates: You may be satisfied with what your clients currently pay, but chances are there are clients out there that are willing to pay a lot more. If you don't make an effort to improve your writing, however, you might end up staying at your current earning level indefinitely. Making every effort to improve your writing skills will allow you to stand out from the crowd, and this will vastly increase your earning potential.
A Great Future: Improving your writing is essential if you want your technical writing career to be a lucrative and stable one. By continuously raising the bar for yourself, you'll earn more money, get better clients, and very likely experience the long-term success many technical writers only ever dream of.
Last Updated: 05/05/2014