1st annual year-end barbeque
Come celebrate the annual STC BBQ!
Location: Nepean Sailing Club
Date: June 20
Meat and vegetarian BBQ, salads etc...
May Program Event
Annual General Meeting and Elections
Thursday, May 23
Nepean Sailing Club
There is a nomination form on our web site, along with a description of the responsibilities of the various positions and their duties. You can nominate either yourself or someone else, for an executive our council position. You can also contact Paul Ondovcik, our nominating committee chairperson, to "toss your hat into the ring". He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 831-6122. Please consider volunteering for a position!
-Visnja Beg, STCEO President
April Program Event
Designing CBT modules
Nepean Sailing Club,
- Free for all -
Sarah Sedgeman and Darryl Swerbrick gave a presentation on designing Computer Based Training modules.
January Program Event
Managing Your Documentation Projects
Congratulations Victoria Stook and Claire Bernard, co-winners of the STCEO scholarship for top Algonquin tech-writing student. Each winner received a handsome plaque and a useful cash award.
Chris Hallgren and Dent Tillotson offered their perspectives on managing documentation projects. Dent also prepared a presentation, which is available as a PDF file.
Review of the January Self-Employment Workshop
Do You Work More ON Your Business or IN Your Business?
We started off learning the distinction between being self-employed and working in the business or being a business owner and working on the business. We learned that most of us play both of these roles to some extent; that is, we do the work that brings in an income and we do the work that makes the business grow and prosper. There could be problems though if we spend too much time working in the business and make working on the business a lower priority. If we really want to have a successful business, the focus must be on working on the business.
We learned the benefit of marketing our business as a product rather than offering a service. In order to market a product, we have to know what our product is, what distinguishes it from other similar products, and we have to package it. This led to several self-analysis sessions of defining exactly what product we had to sell based on our skills, experiences, likes, and dislikes. The product has to be clearly defined. Several people discovered that they didn't really want to include some of the things they had been offering as a service because it didn't fit into the package that they wanted to sell. Laurel believes that being a specialist does not limit our opportunities, infact, it makes potential clients more interested in us because we have the confidence to say I'm an expert.
Now that we understood the package, we had to know who to sell it to and how much to sell it for. Ofcourse, there's always a lot of interest when the subject turns to money, but we found that some people didn't want to aim for the $2,000 per diem rates that are apparently obtainable by a few in the industry! But in any case, the trick is to have income goals, to put them in writing, and to know how to take the steps to get there.
Growing our client base including our angels, centres of influence, and direct clients concluded the discussion in the afternoon. This is one of the most important elements in working on the business. We also learned that using the right professionals for our business support structure should be considered an investment, not an expense. Why would we want to spend several hours a month doing bookkeeping when we could be spending that time grooming our clients instead? Why do we think we can save any money by doing our own taxes when an accountant specializes in saving the tax dollar? Then there's the "virtual assistant" who will keep the business going while we are down in the Caribbean living off the big bucks!
If you missed this excellent workshop, take heart, Laurel offers lots of other products to help us advance our technical communication businesses. For more information, see her Web site www.seizeyourdays.com.
Update from the November panel discussion on contracting
Thank you to everyone who served on the panel and everyone who attended this program evening! The discussion and information were enjoyable and very useful.
Some of our panel members have provided the links you asked for. See the Ottawa Links section on the Links page for some resources that can help you begin your career as a contractor.
- Visnja Beg
June 10, 2006