I know it's easy to remind people not to buy this or that, but the impulse is really difficult to resist. Because more often than not, it is more tempting to splurge on your wants when you have the money rather than to think on how to wisely spend your hard earned income.
So I'm changing that style. As they say, if you can't beat them, join them. Go ahead, BUY BUY BUY! But before you indulge read through the shopping list I've prepared for you. Then go ahead and enjoy your shopping spree!
Computer and Equipments
I know you are itching to get the latest version of Mac as much as I do. If you can afford it, go for it! As an online worker who spends 40 hours or more in front of the computer, it is imperative that you invest in a machine that will give you the security and reliability in delivering your work. Whether it's a Mac or a PC, what's important is that it's up to the task.
I'd also recommend that you get an uninterrupted power supply (UPS), external hard disk, extra battery pack for your laptop and a comfy office furniture that will make you work comfortably.
A Book or Special Training Course
Get a good book to read or a training course to enroll that will enhance your current skill set. I highly recommend The Wealthy Freelancer by Ed Gandia et al. It's power pack with great ideas that's to really bring your freelancing to the next level . The 12 secrets that they have outlined will give you a different perspective at freelancing and will open up your eyes that this is serious business!
There are many other books available out there and it's always to your advantage if you keep yourself abreast with the latest technologies, ideas and innovations. You simply can't afford to be left behind in this rapidly changing world. If you are having a second thought on investing in a short course, try ignorance. You'll lose more clients from not knowing something that you could have provided if you keep on learning!
Domain and Hosting
If you don't have a website or blog yet, it's about time for you to take your freelance business on the web. Get a website. “A carpenter doesn't have a house” won't be applicable in this era. You need to get your name out, and tell the world what you can offer. Build a brand of your own and start leveraging the power of social media in getting more clients.
This is probably the cheapest item on your shopping list but the promise of return is enormous! So don't just take it for granted. Get the domain name for your business, sign up for a reliable hosting provider. My current hosting is with www.GoDaddy.com and they are doing a great job, plus great discounts for domain and hosting. For the web design part, try www.99designs.com to get some help if you can't do it yourself.
I know a whole day won't be enough to get all of these and set up completely. It will keep you busy for a little while and ward off another attack of impulsive buying.
Bottomline: It's not a sin to spend on something you really want to have as long as you can afford it. And there is a better word that we ought to learn about money that's more powerful than spending, and that is INVESTING.
Now it's your turn. The comment is open so get me another item on the shopping list for our shopaholic freelancer. What do you think is another worthwhile investment for a freelancer?
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