Technical writing is a highly specialized skill that governments often require. As a technical writer, you'll need to protect both yourself and your government clients, and you can do this through bonds and insurance. Here's what you'll need to have in your arsenal.
Bid and Performance Bonds
When you apply for a technical writing job with the government, you'll typically have to submit a bid for the project. The government will likely require you to have a bid bond in place to assure it that you will complete the job as agreed if selected. You'll also want to have a performance bond in place to verify that you will be covered in the event of an emergency that prevents you from completing the job. This will provide the government with the financial protection needed to source another technical writer to complete any aspects of the job you fail to finish.
General Liability Insurance
Libel and slander are risks for any writer. Though this type of lawsuit is less common for technical writers, it is still a good idea to have this type of coverage in place in order to protect yourself. The last thing you want is for something you have written to cause harm to someone else, whether intentional or otherwise. Liability insurance can protect you in case of any lawsuits that arise.
Errors and Omissions Insurance
This type of coverage is absolutely essential for technical writers. While you undoubtedly do everything in your power to minimize the possibility of any errors in your work, it is still always possible that something will slip through the cracks or you will make a mistake. This coverage component can protect you in case anyone is injured or harmed as a result of following instructions in your technical writing work.
Protect Yourself Today
To learn more about necessary insurance and bond coverage for technical writers, especially those working on government contracts, get in touch with the experts here at Southern Colorado Insurance Center. We'll work closely with you to understand the nature of your work and your relationship with the government so that we can make suitable recommendations for your bond and insurance coverage. Call 719-329-4441 today to speak with one of our technical writing specialists.