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Cost comparison of salaried and freelance medical writers working in Europe - Volume 23, Issue

This is the first systematic comparison of the costs of salaried and freelance medical writers working in Europe. In the absence of official figures for the total costs of employment, we make reasoned assumptions, using mean base figures for…

Seventh Freelance Business Survey: The freelance landscape 2018-2023 - Volume 32, Issue

The freelance medical writing landscape has evolved in recent years, with more market demand for competent medical writers who can work on a project basis. In January 2023, the European Medical Writers Association’s (EMWA) Freelance Business Group…

From academia to freelance medical writing: Navigating the transition - Volume 32, Issue

Academics who have transitioned to medical communications (MedComms) find that there are many parallels between the two fields, leading to fulfilling and rewarding careers. Many of the skills honed in academia such as research, technical writing,…

Fifth EMWA freelance business survey - Volume 25, Issue

Following surveys in 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2012, the fifth EMWA Freelance Business Survey was conducted in 2015. 181 respondents, most based in Europe, completed the survey. The findings indicate that freelance medical writing and related activities…

How can coaching or mentoring help you craft a sustainable freelance career - Volume 32, Issue

Crafting a sustainable freelance MedComms career can be challenging. As freelancers, we need to understand our individual requirements to design and implement a freelance business that will work from a personal and a professional perspective.…

Soft skills needed for freelance medical writers - Volume 32, Issue

Every professional needs to develop a set of hard skills and soft skills to grow and prosper in a designated field, and freelance medical writers are no exception. However, freelancing requires a unique combination of skills, given the independence…

Jumping over and through the obstacles: Navigating the freelance landscape - Volume 32, Issue

This article explores the major challenges and strategies for succeeding as a freelance medical writer. It covers several topics, including finding enough work, managing heavy workloads, ensuring document quality, and carving out time for…

The need for community: The importance of networking as a freelance medical writer - Volume 32, Issue

Community and networking activity can really help when you are a freelancer. Who do you turn to when it all gets too much? Can someone, anyone, who understands your challenges, offer a sympathetic ear and help to work out a solution? Where do…

Is cheap outsourcing a threat to your career? - Volume 24, Issue

Many writers are concerned that the rise of cheap freelance medical content outsourcing will be a threat to their careers. Yet while outsourcing may be a cheaper option, there is no guarantee that the quality will be superior. There are also…

The freelance medical writer and the medical writing agency: A symbiotic relationship - Volume 32, Issue

The medical writing industry is evolving. With a growing demand for competent and experienced medical writers in both the product industry (pharmaceutical, biotechnology-related, and medical technology-related) and service providers (clinical…

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