The dream of being a writer is certainly an enticing one, but it is not for everyone. To become a freelance writer, you will need to possess skill, talent, passion and patience. Breaking in can be a tough thing to do, but if you are able to find outlets in which someone feels confident enough to hire you as a freelance writer, it’s time to get the tools you need.
Let’s look at some of the technology essentials you will need to truly thrive as a freelance writer (and some things you definitely DON’T need!):
You DO Need:
– Yes, I know, it this sounds obvious but, let’s do a deeper dive into the desktop vs. laptop pool. Which one is the more beneficial of the two?
The laptop or notebook offers you a lot more freedom. If there are assignments that you unexpectedly receive while on the road, you can still get your work done. Desktop computers are friendlier for storing a large amount of information, but imply don’t offer the travel benefits. If you don’t find yourself traveling very much, then the desktop computer may be the way to go. Desktop PCs will be moved less frequently, and as a result, have less of a chance of being stolen, damaged, or having your data corrupted.
A Cell Phone
- Although it’s extremely difficult to get writing done on a cell phone, you will want to have one handy. Smart phones are preferable, especially if you will be receiving most of your writing assignments via e-mail, text, or phone calls. Because clients generally use these mediums to issue freelancers various assignments and projects, a smart phone is essential. It is the only piece of technology that will allow you to instantly receive your assignments through all of these methods of communication.
Office Software -
There are very few fonts and styles that you can use to effectively structure your work. Make sure you have Microsoft Word or Google Drive installed, as these will be life savers.
Google Drive is free to use and can be linked with your GMail account. It offers quick sharing of your work and a massive amount of storage.
You DON’T Need:
A Tablet -
While a tablet is great, and certainly more travel friendly than a desktop computer or even a laptop, there are disadvantages. Taking short and quick notes are fine on a tablet. Writing down long and detailed articles, though, prove to be very difficult.
This is why many traveling writers would rather bring a pen and paper with them compared to a tablet. Tablet devices are simply too difficult to use for extended typing and research. Tablets also seem to be a bit pricey. If faced with a decision between a laptop and tablet at the same price, you will want to take the laptop nearly every time.
If you have all of these tools above, there’s no limit to your freelance writing career. Assignments can come in hot and heavy, so always be on your toes. With this technology, you will always be prepared to find success on your own terms as a freelance writer.
Angie Picardo is a staff writer for NerdWallet. Her mission is to help freelancers stay financially savvy, and save some money with the best online checking accounts.
I'm Louida from Atlanta, Georgia and I'm a mother of two daughters, blogger, and full time working mom at a Business Consulting Firm.
I love helping others learn how to start working from home on the internet free to supplement their current income.
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