Business of Indexing

Description: The Business of Indexing--This self-study course from ASI covers the essentials of starting and running a freelance business.

The Business of Indexing module was developed for ASI by Kate Mertes and Enid L. Zafran, two highly successful indexers. Every indexer, whether starting out or long-established, will find business tips that they can immediately put to use, along with sample documents and forms that can be used as models for personal use. For new indexers, this course complements the formal ASI Training in Indexing Course by providing crucial information not included in that course. For experienced indexers, it serves as a valuable refresher and source of new ideas.

The course illustrates two different business models: Kate runs her business as a solo practitioner from her home, while Enid's business is based outside her home and routinely uses subcontractors. Each author provides a full description of her business, and this open sharing of details enables you to compare your business arrangements and strategies with theirs and take away ideas that can be readily implemented. The authors' comments are supplemented by tips from other well-known indexers, which add scope and perspective to the module.

The course content includes:

  • Business basics
  • Financial management and budgeting
  • Equipment and office set-up
  • Getting work
  • Contracts and negotiations with clients
  • Logistics of setting up a job and dealing with authors
  • Time management
  • File management and security
  • Subcontracting
  • Getting paid
  • Professional development
  • Self-test: an open-book assessment of your learning

The material is delivered as a password-protected PDF file, with hyperlinks to resources available on the Web.

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