Aurelio developed much of his business expertise while working for a large corporation and running several small businesses, including a tech writing consultancy. Some of his specialties include operating a small business, hiring employees and improving cash flow. He prefers to rely on official government sources to back up his statistics.
As a homeowner himself, Aurelio has first-hand experience with buying and selling property. (He also deals daily with such housing issues as finding better insurance, reducing maintenance expenses, or keeping the garage clean.) His real estate experience comes primarily from researching and ghost-writing blog posts for real-estate agents and websites.
Aurelio goes on several trips a year both domestically and internationally, usually by taking advantage of travel bargains or wrangling the best travel options from his frequent flyer miles. He believes in experiencing other countries in depth by learning the local language and customs, and spending at least a month in one location.
Aurelio bought his first computer in 1976, so his knowledge of technology has grown with the industry. He worked for seven years documenting databases as a tech writer for Unisys Corporation. He then developed a documentation consultancy writing for such clients as Canon, Toshiba, and his previous employer. More recently, his ghost-written posts have graced the blogs of small tech support businesses and computer consultants.
Aurelio has been on both sides of the career desk. Like everyone else, he has experience looking for jobs. As a consultant in the computer industry, he's helped clients hire the right employees. When he cites career statistics, such as average salaries or employment projections, he prefers to use authoritative sources such as the U.S. Department of Labor.
Aurelio is an avid fitness fanatic, having gone to a Crossfit gym three times a week for over four years. He also learns Olympic lifting twice a week and recently completed his first Crossfit competition. His regimen has produced a permanent weight-loss of 30 pounds and removed his dependence on cholesterol-lowering drugs. He can thus speak from personal experience when writing for gyms, exercise programs, and weight-loss producers.
Much of Aurelio's experience in consumer goods comes from writing online reviews of products ranging from laptops and high-tech to candy and consumables, most notably for Shopping.com. He's only written such review about products he can personally test. He's also written how-to's and help guides for businesses who want to explain the advantages of their offerings to customers.
Aurelio decided to major in Scientific and Technical Communications because he enjoys high-tech products and explaining how to use them. His expertise in the field covers consumer reviews, how-to blog posts, and user's guides for computer software and hardware. Two of his most well-known high-tech clients are Toshiba and Canon.
Aurelio has written reviews, buying guides, and how-to's about appliances for shopping sites and blogs created by appliance stores and appliance repair services. His technical writing background enables him to understand home appliances and explain their use to non-technical consumers. As with many consumers, much of his knowledge comes from personal use of washers, dryers, microwaves, refrigerators, ovens and other common household machines.
Aurelio's gaming experience began with hard-copy strategy wargames, play-by-mail, and role-playing games. (His first book was GURPS Aztecs, a gaming supplement for Steve Jackson Games. It's still sold as an ebook.) His gaming now focuses on MMORPGs, such as World of Warcraft, and computer games, such as the SIMS 4 and Civilization. He's written strategy guides, reviews, and how-to's for gaming blogs.
Aurelio's experience with home living topics has been primarily through ghost writing blogs for real estate agents, apartments, and interior designers. He enjoys explaining to homeowners and renters how to decorate their rooms, find housing bargains, and maintain their spaces. When possible he likes to use location-specific statistics when talking about prices and sales.
Aurelio enjoys explaining insurance issues to consumers, such as how to determine what coverage to get as a homeowner or how to avoid situations that require claims, such as car accidents. His knowledge and ability to explain issues in non-technical language has garnered him ghostwriting jobs on the blogs of insurance agents.
Most people have no interest in learning about the law until they get into trouble and need the services of a lawyer. It's no wonder then that most of Aurelio's legal writing clients are lawyers who want blog posts that explain legal issues and why a law professional can be a consumer's best friend.
Much of Aurelio's technical writing career, both with Unisys and as a consultant, involved explaining software use to audiences ranging from general users to technical professionals. This experience has served him sell in writing user guides, help text, blog posts, and web articles about applications and operating systems. Clients have included software and hardware manufacturers, computer consultants, and software support services.
As a technical writer, Aurelio counts Canon and Toshiba among his more well-know hardware clients for online guides, user manuals, and help text. Online, he ghost-writes blog posts, how-to's, reviews, and web articles for hardware manufacturers, support services, and computer consultants. He primarily focuses on peripherals compatible with technology that uses the Windows operating systems but has written occasionally about Macintosh-compatible hardware.
Back when the Internet was just getting started, Aurelio used to hand-code websites in HTML when he was a technical writer for Unisys Corporation. When he started his own tech writing consultancy, he relied on web design applications. Now, he relies on web programs, such as when he created websites for his own small businesses.
Aurelio's experience with the shopping industry has been through buying guides, product instructions, how-to blog posts, and reviews of consumer goods for retailers and shopping websites, such as Shopping.com. He likes to translate complex product specifications into usable information that the consumer can understand. He's also a life-long bargain hunter and enjoys telling readers how to find good deals.
Aurelio is an experienced investor who has put his money into stocks, bonds, small businesses, and everything in between. He enjoys finding out about financial trends and informing his readers about them. He likes to convert complex data about money and economics into how-to's and explanations that the average consumer can understand.
Like everyone in Southern California, Aurelio owns a car and by necessity has had to learn everything about this form of transportation. Trains are his hobby and his many air trips a year gives him insight into aviation from the passenger's point of view. His transportation clients have included auto insurance firms, lawyers, dealerships, and travel agents.