When Bette Frick launched her freelance writing and editing business in 1990, not having completed formal business training meant she would make more than a few mistakes. But not applying MBA models meant that as her company grew, her business model fit her rather than some business-school template.
As Bette learned her (sometimes) painful lessons, she shared them in her column, Business Matters, in Intercom, the magazine of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), from 2003 to 2012. Business Matters republishes those articles, substantially revised and arranged thematically, along with several new chapters.
“Frick writes in a refreshing tone with her blatant honesty, showcasing the roller coaster of emotions you deal with in creating and maintaining your own business.”
— Kristin Kirkham-Broadhead, Review in STC Technical Communication, February 2016, Full review, courtesy of STC.
“A collection of over 25 articles, Dr. Frick’s book covers the breadth and depth of business needs and strategies for independent freelancers, from introductory materials on what being an independent entails, to business and marketing solutions, to operational strategies. Essential reading for anyone already in or considering freelancing as a career choice, the expertise provided here will be useful for years to come.”
— Liz Pohland, Director of Communications, Society for Technical Communication