What is Technical Writing? Beginners Guide 2022

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What is Technical Writing?

Technical Writing is one of the most in-demand skill as of 2021 and is going to grow extensively in up coming years. Today, in this post you’ll learn why and how to start Technical Writing as a career.

So, let’s get started.

Importance of writing?

Today, high skilled writers are in demand and they can earn more than $500 per article. And why is that?

Because documentation is an important aspect of anything complex, like there’s new software, new gadget, new technology, new virus, etc. what they need, a proper & structured documentation.

Just think about yourself, when you go on Amazon, you look for a laptop, let’s say. It’s obvious you want to take a look at its specifications, but if those are not properly ordered or structured, wouldn’t it be hard to read and understand?

Non-tech people might just leave that product, because they’re afraid, that they think it’s not what they’re looking for because they’re not able to find a feature in their simple & understandable language.

That’s what writers do, they make life easier, the specifications or overviews are written by such skilled writers in such a way that even a non-techy person can easily understand it.

What is Technical writing & why it’s Trending?

Technical writing is a way to demonstrate technical concepts & explain them to the consumers in a simple & easy way, with the help of high-quality structured articles.

Fields such as Computer science, hardware & software, Engineering, Robotics, Electronics, etc. are mostly used in Technical writing.

Technical writing is gaining more and more popularity, because of the rise in AI & technologies and these new companies need someone expert to document their software or product.

You even don’t need to create a blog to become a Technical Writer, you can just submit your articles to websites and can earn 100s of bucks. This is an amazing opportunity and you shouldn’t let it go away.

How to earn with Technical Writing?

  • Freelancing
  • Guest Posting
  • Technical Writing Jobs
  • Blogging

Before jumping to making money, you should have a portfolio to showcase your previous work. If you don’t have any previous work then it can get quite hard to get the job.

Though you don’t need to work for anyone, you can start your own blog and create some amazing articles and showcase them in your portfolio. Else, you can do guest blogging for free to get some testimonials and experience.

Freelancing –

Here are some Freelance websites that you can signup to get started as a technical writer or content writer.

You can set your hourly rate or GIG rate, depending on the platforms. But, if you are just starting out try to do it for free or at lowest price possible. After you’ve gotten some experience and reviews, then you can increase your rate slowly.

To be a successful freelancer, you need to learn how to sell your skills. Make sure to market yourself everywhere you can, here are some ways to market your skills,

  • Cold Emails
  • Social Media
  • Ads(Facebook, Twitter, Quora)

I recommend going with first two options, if you are in a hurry then you can go with the third option, sure it’ll come with some investment.

Guest Posting

or, you can directly submit your Technical Articles on these platforms,

Note: These platforms are specific in computer science & programming.

It will not be easy to get your article approved on these sites as they need a really well-written and high-quality article, but if you have the skill then no one can stop you. Just make sure to not give up, keep submitting until your article is accepted.

Technical Writing Jobs –

An average Technical writer earns more than $68,000 in the US. In India Technical writing jobs are in-demand and in upcoming years its employment is going to increase by 12%, which is huge.

In India, according to Upgrad an average technical writer earns 4.97 lakh per year and it can scale to 10 lakh per year. So, as you can see Technical writing is indeed in-demand and one of the hottest skills.

Here are a few websites where you can find Technical Writing jobs,

  • LinkedIn
  • Glassdoor
  • Indeed
  • Upwork

Blogging –

The best way to create your amazing portfolio is by starting your own blog. Blogging will help you to generate tons of visitors & increase your overall reach.

Also, you will be able to make some money with blogging by monetizing it. If you want to learn more about blogging & how to monetize it check out an article by WaystoWeb.

I hope this post was helpful, if it was helpful let us know in the comments. Also, if you are already a technical writer introduce yourself in the comments, we’ll be glad to hear you.

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