So, you have a medical writing project at hand and you want to find medical writers to work on it as freelancers or contractors. You’ve heard that Elance and Guru are good websites to find medical writers, so you decide to check them out. Here’s the thing though – people do find medical writers on Elance and Guru, but mostly there are a lot of cheap amateurs on there masquerading as professional medical writers. A key factor to help you find medical writers is writing the right kind of project description. Here are some points to keep in mind when writing your project description:

  • Since many professional medical writers specialize in a certain niche, indicate in your posting what the project is about. Of course, the more detail the better, but if privacy issues are involved and you cannot give a lot of details in regard to the topic in the public posting, that’s okay; but try to give at least a general description of what the project is about.
  • Be sure to include your desired word count. Professional medical writers usually charge on a per word basis, and will want to know the word count in order to place an accurate bid, whereas amateur writers will not care because they are just going to churn out low quality, duplicate content anyway.
  • Indicate who the audience will be for the project. Will it be for the general population or for doctors? A real medical writer will have different prices for medical professionals versus the general population since more research will be required and the language used will be different. Again, an amateur won’t really care. They will present the information the same way regardless of who is going to read it.
  • Put a reasonable budget for the project. Ten articles for under $500 is not a reasonable budget if you want to find medical writers. However, that budget will attract all the nut jobs out there, and you will end up having to wade through a bunch of applicants in order find maybe one good writer, or perhaps none at all. Professional medical writers will not undersell themselves.

Armed with these suggestions, you should be able to write a project description that will attract a good freelance medical writer on Elance or Guru. Now you know how to find medical writers on Elance and Guru! In a future post I will discuss how to select the best medical writer from the applicants you receive.