Many freelancers spend a lot of time travelling. That can be overseas, interstate or even commuting between home and client sites or co-working spaces. In order to maximise productivity, there are some things you can do to make the time you spend travelling more productive, ensure you can hit the ground running when you arrive at your destination, and make sure your departure and arrival are as smooth as possible.
Last week, in Australia, one of the country’s largest television networks entered a deal to “merge” with one of the largest newspaper publishers in the country. The deal between the Nine Network and Fairfax Media is the first media mega-merger since changes in the law that were previously in place and designed to stop the concentration of media power. But transformation in the media and many other industries has been happening for years. For a freelancer, this can be a source of both anxiety and opportunity.
A while ago, I wrote about how I came to get the job of editor for Macworld Australia. It came after many years of being a freelance contributor to the magazine. But I wasn’t the only long-term contributor. I also ensured that I maintained a good relationship with the publishers and it was the combination of relationships and experience that got me that job. But, the publisher has decided to shutter that operation and I lost a long-timer retainer client. While that hurt, the pain was short-lived.
Setting up your own email is easy and makes you look like a professional.
Although there are lots of free email services like Gmail, Windows Live and Yahoo!, setting up a domain name and customised email address is much easier than it sounds and can be done by anyone who has a moderate level of computer literacy. If you can follow instructions, type and use a mouse – you can set up your own email.
One of the perks of being a freelancer is that you get to travel. It’s not always to glamourous locales but between meeting people for interviews, working at conferences and, occassionally, working in cafes, libraries and co-working spaces you may find yourself needing to use an internet connection that might not be as trustworthy as you’d like. So, how do you stay safe online when you’re away from the safety of your home office? Here are some tips.