In this fast-paced, constantly shifting world we live in, more and more opportunities to determine your work schedule are cropping up. The dream of leaving a regular nine to five job and pursuing a career that allows you to choose your own hours and work from wherever in the world you want to work is turning into a reality for many people across the globe. Whether you’re wanting to work from home in order to help juggle your work:family ratio or whether you’re an adventurer that’s always itching to go to the next place on your list; working through the means of self-employment can be the key to living your best life.
One of the elements to working on your own terms is needing the right gear to help you produce whatever work you’re offering to clients. From writing freelance to editing promotional videos; it’s a necessity to have some tech to allow you to produce the best work you can from anywhere. Below is a checklist you can refer to if you’re considering ditching the nine to five regime and taking on the venture of being your own boss.
Full PC Setup
If you’re working from home, then this suggestion may be the preferable choice to go for as you can set up your own professional work space right there in your own home. Setting up an area to work in, that’s similar to workstations for professionals, in your home can not only allow you to be better equipped for your job, it can also help you to set boundaries within your work and home life, despite the two being closer together if you decide to work from home. Setting boundaries like this is vital for many reasons, and are explored here. Having a dedicated area for work in your home means you can leave the work sides of life in that area and as soon as you’re done for the day, you can simply leave the space and not return to it until your self-determined work hours begin again.
A full PC setup can be a slightly more expensive option but is worth it if you plan on working with your home being your main base. It’s also a solid option for those whose talents and skills are on the more technical side and thus, may need more equipment or software; examples being video editing, graphic design or music/sound recording.
If you’ve ever delved into researching about being self-employed or freelance work, one more obvious piece of equipment that people tend to favour is that of a laptop. There is a multitude of choice when it comes to laptops and one of the great things about them is that most laptops now are lightweight, which makes them even easier to carry around. As most freelance jobs require you to have the time, skill, a device to work on (that isn’t a smartphone) and an Internet connection, it’s then understandable why laptops are a go-to. These are particularly great for writers, editors and proofreaders so if that’s the sort of work you’re aspiring to do, then a laptop could well be your best friend on the job.
Now, if you’re keen on the travelling side and not convinced you want to carry around a laptop, then a tablet could be your saving grace. Again, there is a lot of choice for tablets but the main thing is that it does what you need it to do. Lots of freelance jobs can be done well using a tablet, especially if you’re nimble with your fingers. From blog writing to photo editing; a tablet can give you a work platform fit for going on adventures on the side.