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Freelancers: Leverage On Your Mobility

Submitted by on October 25, 2010 – 06:134 Comments

Corporate companies big and small are venturing into the virtual office concept for all their staffs across the globe so that they can work anywhere, anytime. While they spend so much money just to achieve that, fulltime freelancers on the other hand is not leveraging on their mobility at all. Why confine yourself within the four grey walls of your home-office room when you could be out there exploring the world while maintaining your freelance business?

Last month I was working from my bed, last week I was working from Singapore, and the month before that I was working from the beach. Now, that’s what I call a freelancer’s lifestyle. It’s our privilege as freelancers to work anywhere, anytime at almost no extra cost. Go places you want to go, discover the world while you travel and bring your business with you. All you need are 4 things to keep your business running from anyway in the world!

Your Laptop
When I’m at home, I work on my desktop. But I’ve a laptop tucked at the corner of my room. If you don’t have one, I strongly recommend you to purchase a laptop. You can use it as your workstation while you are away from home, use it when you present your work to clients at their office and be mobile in your working lifestyle. It’s the first essential thing you need to stay mobile as a freelancer.

Your Working Files
Make sure you have all your working files on the laptop at all times. You’ll need them when you work from any parts of the world. You don’t want to be thinking how to retrieve a file you have back home when you are at the beach. Have everything with you so that you can be productive even when you are away from home.

Internet
Most cafes out there provide free wifi these days. Leverage on this feature and don’t tap on international roaming for all your internet work. Either seek out for places with free wifi or get yourself a wireless dongle so that you can tap online at all times. That way you can check your emails, communicate with clients and get your work done on-the-go.

External Hard Disk
Back ups! This is one thing that freelancers always fail to do – backing up their working files. Desktops can crash, laptops too! That’s why it’s important to back up your files into an external hard disk. And if you are travelling, bring the hard disk along. That way you can work off the source and save up space on your laptop. Or you can use virtual space available online to backup all your files on the internet.

With these 4 things intact, I practically work from anywhere that I love to. Sometimes I’m at Starbucks Cafe in the mall, sometimes I’m visiting my friends in Singapore, sometimes I’m upnorth at the mountains enjoying the cool breeze – I’m running my business from all these places without my clients knowing that I’m actually out of town. It’s the privilege of a freelancer, leverage on it!

Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong ©2010

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