ASI Webinar: Business of Indexing

The Business of Indexing Module webinar took place on Thursday, March 7, 2013. The webinar was a great success with more than 75 participants. The webinar recording is available for download at no charge.

Listen to the recording of this event.

Join us for a free webinar previewing ASI's recently released "Business of Indexing" self-study course. Kate Mertes will provide a brief overview of the course, then open it up to questions from the audience.

The Business of Indexing module was developed for ASI by Kate Mertes and Enid L. Zafran, two highly successful indexers. The course includes business tips, along with sample documents and forms that can be used as models for personal use. Kate and Enid have addressed new and developing business techniques such as social media and websites as well as tried-and-true strategies such as cold calling and business cards. 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 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

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