Gwen Higgins

Gwen Higgins

Gwen Higgins is a writer and entrepreneur with more than 10 years of industry experience. Her credentials include a professional engineer designation, an Associate of Science, a Bachelor of Applied Science in chemical engineering and commerce. She also holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designations in BC, Canada.

Published Work


Five Things I Learned From my Career in Chemical Engineering

When I graduated with a degree in chemical engineering in 2003, I already had a job waiting for me in Fort McMurray, Alberta. It was cold there at 56 degrees north of the equator, but the experience was worth it.… More »

Leveraging Your Expertise From Another Industry or Profession

A career in technical writing need not start with a degree in English, Journalism or Technical Communication. Many companies seek writers with specific education and experience related to their industry, … More »

Industries That Hire Technical Writers

So you want to be a technical writer – you’ve earned a degree or certification, but now you need a job. Where to start? … More »

Free Resources for Improving Your Writing Skills

Good communication skills are essential for career success. Improve your writing skills with these free, online resources.… More »

Energy Audit Procedures

An energy audit is a procedure for assessing how your business uses energy and identifying ways to increase efficiency and save money. A typical audit entails collecting historical data of costs and consumption for all energy sources, comparison to benchmarks… More »

Budget Planning Tools

One of the first priorities of financial planning is to create a budget, and these days, there's no excuse for not having one. Put away the pencil and calculator and set yourself up for success with the budget planning tools available for home computers,… More »

Accounting Rules for Capitalization of Project Costs

Capitalization of project costs affects the balance sheet, while expensing the costs affects the income statement. The route you assign determines whether your asset base increases or your profits decrease. Use accounting rules as a road map for choosing… More »

Craft a Balanced LIfe Through Flexible Work

Rather than struggle to fit life around work, why not start making work fit around your life? … More »

How to Lay Out a Project Management Plan

Your project has a much greater chance of success if you take the time to develop a project management plan at the start. A project plan documents how the project is to be done and how it is to be controlled. The project plan summarizes all of the key… More »

The Best Products to Sell Online

As a small business owner, you may want to start selling products online. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, e-commerce sales in 2012 were 5.2 percent of all retail trade. Of that, 4.4 percent was from non-store retailers. You probably don’t have… More »

Areas of Expertise

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Business, Management, Finance
  • Energy Industries