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    FREELANCE LIFE - ADVICE AND SUPPORT

    Are you thinking of making the move to Freelance working? There's plenty of work around these days for experienced MedComms specialists. The technology and tools that are now available open up unprecedented opportunities to work independently, from wherever in the world you want to be based. The rewards can be significant but freelance life can be challenging and certainly doesn't suit everyone. The contributions listed below provide useful insights and tips, which we hope you'll find useful. If you make the move then please do join us - and we wish you good luck with your venture!


    Making it my own business: a guide to being a freelance writer in MedComms
    In this webinar we're joined by Kathryn White, author of our annual guide, "Making it my own business: a guide to being a freelance writer in MedComms". The updated edition has been published in mid-April 2021. Kathryn is joined on the panel by Steph Carter, Lucy Clements and Jennie Pollard, all freelance medical writers who contributed to the updated guide. We talk about how MedComms is an area that offers experienced medical writers the opportunity to 'go it alone', with plenty of variety in terms of the type of projects and therapeutic areas. However, working as a freelancer means running a business. It's not enough to simply be a good writer. You'll also be responsible for sales, marketing, IT support, training, finance and more. And these are particularly challenging times. So, how's it been, working as a freelancer this past year? And we answer questions from the audience.

    Recorded 20 May 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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    Making it my own business: a guide to being a freelance writer in MedComms, published April 2021

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    Being a freelance writer in MedComms
    In this webinar we're joined by Kathryn White, author of "Making it my own business: a guide to being a freelance writer in MedComms", published in April 2020, and also by freelance writer Hannah Bridges, who contributed to that guide. We talk about how MedComms is an area that offers experienced medical writers the opportunity to 'go it alone', with plenty of variety in terms of the type of projects and therapeutic areas. However, working as a freelancer means running a business. It's not enough to simply be a good writer. You'll also be responsible for sales, marketing, IT support, training, finance and more. And we answer questions from the audience.

    Recorded 20 May 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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    Why do you want to be a #MedComms Freelancer?
    "In these days of ultra-flexible employment packages, what exactly is the appeal of 'being a freelancer'?". I asked the #MedComms Workbook freelancers - and here is the response. Some fascinating food for thought in these interesting times as we await news in the UK of IR35 tax changes which are, surely, going to impact our working practices. What do you think? Do share.

    [READ THE SHORT REPORT ON LINKEDIN]


    Life as a MedComms Freelancer
    In this webinar we're joined by some experienced MedComms freelancers who answer questions about their working life. Have you thought about freelancing? Does the freedom sound attractive? No commute. Sitting in your pyjamas with the cat/dog beside you, while you charge lots by the hour? None of those interminable company meetings. What's not to like? Or is it lonely and isolating? Do you spend more time chasing payments than doing the work? What happens when the computer crashes and there's no IT colleague to help? Or you fall ill? Emma Georgiou, Jane Mason and Sarah Smith share their experiences. And we answer questions from the audience. It should be of interest to anyone who is currently working as a freelancer or who is thinking about taking that step to "freedom".

    Recorded 23 October 2019 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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    Extreme freelancing: writing whilst sailing around the world
    Sarah Smith is a freelance medical writer who lives on a yacht with her family and continues to work while sailing around the world. It's challenging - but entirely possible.

    Recorded 4 July 2018 at a MedComms Networking event in Oxford. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

    [DOWNLOAD SARAH'S PRESENTATION - PDF]

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    Freelancing in medcomms
    Julia Walton, Director at healthcare communications recruiter, Media Contacts, weighs up the pros and cons of freelancing in medcomms, and gives tips on successful freelancing.

    Recorded 2 August 2017 at a MedComms Networking event in Oxford. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

    [DOWNLOAD JULIA'S PRESENTATION - PDF]

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    Working effectively as a medcomms freelancer
    Kathryn White, professional freelance medical and copy writer provides tips on effective and efficient medcomms freelancing.

    Recorded 2 August 2017 at a MedComms Networking event in Oxford. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

    [DOWNLOAD KATHRYN'S PRESENTATION - PDF]

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  • Happy clients! (...and how to have more of them)
    By Carole Manners, posted 27 February 2017
  • Trust me, I'm a Freelance Account Director
    By Liz Reader, posted 14 February 2017
  • Freelancing in medcomms - my experience
    By Jane Tricker, posted 11 February 2017
  • Successfully seeking out a good work-life balance
    By Sarah Smith, posted 31 January 2017
  • Yes, it's a freelance life for me
    By Derek Collett, posted 30 January 2017
  • 10 things to consider before becoming a freelance medical writer
    By Agnella Izzo Matic, posted 11 January 2017
  • A day in the life of a freelance translator
    By Lee Seaman, posted 8 January 2017
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