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Robin E. Snyder
Senior Member
Username: robin

Post Number: 784
Registered: 08-2004
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 - 03:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I am getting inquiries almost daily for work I need to decline. Any independents who are looking for work (usually tight schedules), please email me so i have your contact info handy and can refer potential clients to you.
Chris Grimm, CSI, CCS, SCIP
Senior Member
Username: chris_grimm_ccs_scip

Post Number: 493
Registered: 02-2014
Posted on Friday, August 02, 2019 - 07:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I'm often game for such abuse, will send you my info.
Ed Storer
Senior Member
Username: ed_storer

Post Number: 35
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2019 - 07:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I'm easing into retirement. I have no sympathy for design firms that need specs done in a short time frame. They should have planned ahead, but that's not a typical characteristic of a design firm. More typical: "OMG - we need a spec and we don't have a clue how to do them."

I have accommodated such requests and had not problems- mainly because nobody read the specs anyway. At least I got paid.
David J. Wyatt, CDT
Senior Member
Username: david_j_wyatt_cdt

Post Number: 311
Registered: 03-2011
Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 08:44 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I am happily employed, but I would have welcomed such an opportunity a few years ago when I was on my own. Each new project as an independent spec writer is an adventure. The small firms I worked for usually had such good drawings and details that the specs were but added formalities. The large firms usually had projects with larger spec budgets that moved slowly through CDs. No matter who I worked for, I always learned something important that made me a better spec writer for the next project.
Chris Grimm, CSI, CCS, SCIP
Senior Member
Username: chris_grimm_ccs_scip

Post Number: 514
Registered: 02-2014
Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 10:09 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Generating pretty accurate first pass specs for such people is no problem for me by looking over the drawings and asking a few questions, then using my masters and tools which I call human-powered integrated specs. I try to avoid allowing too many insertions into my schedule. But if I never allowed interruptions I figure I would not have a business at all.

My team is in growth mode & I'm looking for part-time admins who can process markups when they are straightforward, and intermediate level spec people who can do so when they are less straightforward. I still personally look over the markups to offer feedback and to develop new master content where needed.

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