Don’t Make These Tech Mistakes When You First Go Freelance

When you begin your own blog business, you are going to need to invest in a top notch laptop and iPad for your work. After all, you are not going to be able to make a ton of money if you don’t have the tools to do the work! But once you do get your new tech, you need to make sure you don’t make any silly mistakes. Therefore, here are some errors you need to avoid with your tech for work.

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Not claiming it on your tax bill

A lot of people go out and spend a small fortune on a new laptop to use for their blogging business. And it can leave them rather broke for the rest of the month. However, you might not realise that you can actually claim the tech you buy against your tax bill! That means when April rolls around, you will have less tax to pay for your blogging business. Therefore, keep the receipt and then enter the exact amount when you are doing your tax at the end of the year. And then it won’t feel like such a large purchase when you get a reduced tax bill.

Putting your files at risk

When you are doing work from home on your device, it’s vital that you keep your files safe. For one thing, you don’t want to end up losing your documents. Otherwise, you might have just spent ages working on something that you can’t get back!  And important files that have your details on need to be kept safe, so they don’t end up in the wrong hands. For one thing, you can protect your files by getting a backup drive. That way, you can put the files on the hard drive to ensure that even if you deleted them by mistake, you still have a copy.

Always print off any documents like invoices and keep them in a file. And to ensure you keep your files safe, be careful about who you lend your tech to. After all, you don’t want a so-called friend stealing your ideas for their blog when they are meant to be helping them out. In fact, if you don’t trust them, you might want to look into some form of whatsapp tracker to see what they are up to. That way, you know whether it’s safe to lend them your equipment.

Forgetting to set up insurance

I think we all have made an error in our time with our pieces of tech. For example, we have accidentally dropped our iPhone in the toilet. Or we have smashed our tablet screen on the floor. But when it happens with your tech you use for work, it can cause dire circumstances. In fact, you might have to stop working until you can get them fixed by a tech professional. Therefore, you should also look into getting some form of insurance. After all, it will cover you for errors that go wrong with your devices. And that way, you don’t have to pay out a small fortune if devices do stop working! Therefore, get some cover to ensure you don’t have to worry if something goes wrong. Also, try and keep your personal and work files separate, so nothing ends up in the wrong hands!

Author: Sam Charles

Meet Sam, the creator behind UK lifestyle blog, Strawberry Squeeze 🍓 Sam is a newlywed living in Cornwall studying her PgDip in Strategic Direction and Leadership with the Chartered Management Institute 🍕🐰 She's also the Founder + Director of multi-award-winning SEO & PPC agency, Float Digital ✨

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