Most book indexers work alone. So, I was amazed to find out that four indexers were creating a limited-liability company (LLC) to pool not just their own talents and experience, but also contract with many other freelance indexers who could lend their expertise to a variety of indexing, taxonomy, and other content discovery projects.
I’d heard of other indexers who had small groups of employees or subcontractors, but never an actual partnership model like this one. I joined up as an associate in 2007 and reaped the benefits of access to larger-scale projects that would have been impossible for me to manage as an individual.
I saw the advantages to clients, too, in the availability through PI of a company point of contact to negotiate contracts with and ensure quality even if multiple professionals were working on a large-scale or series project.
What about the actual partners? I’m finding as I move into a partnership position myself that this model has a significant return on the investment over time. Although some part of the return is monetary, that’s really not the major point. What’s more valuable to me is the opportunity to use the management talents that I’ve stored for a number of years (was an Air Force officer in my younger days) to support the partners in making their systems more efficient. I also get a great sense of support and camaraderie working with these other four information access professionals. This more intimate networking community just feels good. 🙂
PI has been visible as a professional online presence for some time, but that presence has been relatively static. It’s now time to go dynamic and expand our network in new ways, and this blog will be one of them. We’ll be publishing regular helpful content here on the subject of information access, including book indexing, indexing of content of various other sorts (like websites), content tagging projects, as well as editing and proofreading.
We’ll also be sharing our favorite blog authors and topics here, and welcome your comments and conversation on our posts. In this constantly shifting content universe, quality information access will be the key to business success. Let’s create that quality in partnership. 🙂