Six Tech Gadgets That Every Freelancer Should Have
Thinking about getting into the world freelancing?
Or maybe you’re a freelancer looking to step up your tech game?
The right equipment can really improve the quality and delivery of your work.
Here are our top six gadgets we recommend any freelancer to invest in:
1. Back-up Internet Dongle
Most freelancers rely on the internet to get work completed or scheduled.
So what happens if a crisis hits and your internet goes down?
No independent worker wants to miss that all-important client Zoom meeting.
Having access to an internet dongle is a great back up tool, and is relatively cheap when it comes to investment cost.
Plus, they can be easily purchased from any mobile network shop.
It also means that you don’t have to rely on your phone’s hotspot and/or battery.
Additionally, travelling and working will become a lot easier as you know you have a reliable source of internet wherever you go!
2. A Good Pair Of Headphones
This might seem like a given.
But don’t underestimate the benefits of a decent pair of noise cancelling headphones.
Block out annoying background noise and any distractions – whether that’s in the office, at home or on the go.
Plus they’re a great way to watch client video resources or listen to music to boost enthusiasm.
There are so many different kinds of headphones available to suit your needs and budgets.
To decide what style you need, first work out how and when you’ll use them.
For example, if you’re on the go, a set of wireless headphones are perfect to keep your hands free.
Or if you prefer headphones that cover the outside of your ears rather than earbuds that fit inside.
3. Laptop Power Bank
When you’re not working at home you don’t always have access to a power plug – especially if you’re working on a crowded train or in the local cafe.
A power bank for your laptop means that you’re able to access your work wherever and whenever you need to, without worrying about your device dying on you.
Extremely small and super portable, they’re a great accessory that all freelancers should carry on a daily basis.
There are also power banks that offer multiple USB ports so you can charge multiple things at once – perfect if you’ve left the house in a rush!
4. A Solid-State Hard-Drive
Solid State Drives (SSD) are much faster, reliable and more efficient than normal hard drives.
SSDs have no moving parts compared to a standard drive so are much more durable and longer-lasting.
They also have flash memory which means that data can be accessed much quicker.
Choose one that is suitable for your needs.
Start by deciding how much data you will need, we recommend selecting the largest size you think you’ll need and then add on 20%.
Also, find a reputable manufacturer that you trust to purchase a good quality SSD from.
5. Lightweight Laptop
Thinner lighter laptops are the way to go if you plan on moving around while freelancing.
They are so much easier to carry around and make your bag a whole lot lighter.
Older heavier laptops are normally a lot heavier and are renowned for being slow and laggy.
Remember – time is money. You want a laptop which is fast and effective and helps you get your tasks done in a timely manner.
6. A Decent Coffee Machine
Not exactly a tech item but you can’t beat a good cup of coffee.
If you are a coffee lover, investing in a good coffee machine is a no brainer, especially when working from home most of the time.
And in the long run – you’ll end up saving money instead of purchasing coffee on a daily basis – it’s a win-win!
Which tech gadgets help you in your daily freelancer life?