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Hiring A Staff Writer Vs. A Freelance Medical Writer

So, you need a medical writer. You know you can’t put it off any longer.  Your secretary is great and all, but she just isn’t cutting it in this department. You need a highly educated and trained medical writer. Here’s the dilemma. Do you hire a medical writer onto your staff, or do you go with a freelance medical writer?
There are many advantages to going the freelance route. First of all, you know all those costly benefits that you have to pay into for your staff members? Well, you can kiss those expenses goodbye when you hire a freelance medical writer. There are no expensive medical and dental benefits or 401K’s for freelancers. That money can be used for more important things. Already sounding pretty attractive isn’t it? Let’s face it – it is all about the bottom line, and hiring a freelance medical writer can help your bottom line.

A second advantage to hiring a freelance medical writer is that you can save time. Because freelance medical writers are accustomed to working with minimal or no supervision, they are well adept at getting their job done without any hand holding. Really, do you have extra time to spend training and watching over a medical writer? Of course you don’t! Time is money, and in this economy we don’t have any time or money to waste.

Here’s another thing to think about. Is your office space already cramped as it is? Do you really have space for another employee, especially when there is an excellent alternative? Leave that space for positions that you absolutely need in-house.

Finally, hiring a freelance medical writer gives you flexibility. When you need them, they are there. When you don’t need them, well, you can keep your money in your pocket. That’s not the case with an in-house medical writer. If they are at work, you have to pay them whether you have any work for them or not. And let’s face it, you can’t just keep hiring and firing people as business picks up and slows down. That could be just as expensive as keeping someone on staff. So the best, really the only, alternative is to hire a freelance medical writer that you can just call on whenever you need him/her.

So, yes, it may be true that because of the hard economic times we’re doing business in, you need to make certain sacrifices. However, you’ve come to realize that hiring a medical writer is not something you can sacrifice if you want your business to continue to grow. But you can definitely cut down on the costs related to having a medical writer if you make the smart choice and go with a freelance medical writer.

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How To Tell The Difference Between A Professional Medical Writer And A Fake

You are looking for a quality medical writer but how do you tell the difference between a professional medical writer at a great price or an overpriced fake?  With the economic downturn, many out-of-work scientific or health care professionals have gone online to try to pick up some freelance medical writing work. While they may have the medical knowledge, they lack the training, experience and know-how to be the professional medical writer you are looking for.

The professional medical writer and self-proclaimed writer both may have similar degrees and medical experience and charge the same price. But one will do the project just the way you need it done, with minimum hand-holding from you, without countless re-writes and edits and without the bland “blah” of just words on paper that haven’t been brought together in a meaningful way.

Of course you want the professional in order to save yourself the money, time and hassles of dealing with someone who really isn’t a medical writer. Someone’s inexperience shows itself in their work, but it of course, by then it is too late…you’ve already made the wrong decision. Here are two things to help you tell the quality and experience of your potential medical writer.

1. Does he/she have full text access to a wide range of medical and scientific journals?

Professional medical writers that do this for a living cannot get by without full-text access to medical journals. It is necessary to read the details of studies in order to fully explain the results of relevant studies and their impact. Most professional medical writers, like The Med Writers, have access to these via alumni access to a university library online or current university affiliations. This is the best way, since there is no other affordable way to have access to a wide range of high quality articles. Anyone without a university library access, is merely reading the abstracts of articles without being able to see the details. Therefore they may be writing information that is not an accurate portrayal of the results of actual studies.
2. Does he/she have a huge portfolio of past work?

Anyone can pretend to be anything, but what separates the professional from the fake is his/her portfolio. This is the most important criteria, since an inexperienced writer isn’t actually a writer, but a writer-in-training. And even the most experienced writer may not have experience in doing exactly what you need done, so it is best to carefully look through the portfolio of all potential candidates. The Med Writers’ portfolio is available online.

3. Can he/she provide testimonials and references from past clients?

So maybe your “medical writer” lists lots of past projects he or she has done. But if there are no testimonials or references to show that these past clients were happy, then this isn’t good news. All professional medical writers can point you to testimonials or references from past clients that were satisfied with their service. The Med Writers have countless testimonials on the main page of  their website and in a separate document that can be downloaded.

Now you are armed with the ability to find a true professional medical writer to work on your projects. Good luck!

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The Easy Way To Develop A New Supplement Formulation

Do you have an idea for a great new supplement formulation?  Like a blend of natural ingredients that would make a good weight loss or depression aid? Maybe you are unsure what type of ingredients to include and in what dosages in order to ensure that your new supplement formulation is safe and effective.

Or do you already have a tentative supplement formulation, but would like to get the advice and help of a professional before bringing your supplement to market? If one of these scenarios describes your situation, then you need the expertise of The Med Writers. We are a group of PhD scientists and herbalists who specialize in formulating supplements. Let us help you create a new supplement formulation that is safe and effective.

When The Med Writers produce a new supplement formulation, we guide you through the entire process from beginning to end. Here are the steps we take to ensure your supplement is safe and effective, and can compete in today’s market.

1. Look through the competition’s formulations to see all the ingredients currently being used
2. Search for any additional ingredient possibilities not yet being used
3. Thoroughly review the published scientific literature (plus patents if relevant) for each possible ingredient
4. Compile a document of this information
5. Based on all the information gathered, make a recommendation on which ingredients to include in the supplement and at what dosages
6. Adjust that based on safety data, known side effects and interactions
7. Write up the findings, listing the chosen ingredients, their dosages and their benefits
8. Write a batch sheet for the manufacturer
9. Recommend a good manufacturer and fulfillment center
10. Handle any questions from the manufacturer on the supplement formulation

With these 10 steps, we are able to produce a great supplement formulation, and at the same time minimize your liability and maximize your profit.

In addition to formulating supplements, we also endorse some supplements. Perhaps you already have a supplement formulation out on the market, but feel that it could be selling better. An endorsement from a PhD scientist in the field could be just what you need. Send us the details of your supplement formulation and if we find it to be both safe and effective based on scientific evidence, we can provide you with an endorsement that could help increase your supplement sales.

Please contact us for more information regarding pricing for your supplement formulation or endorsement.

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