Computer Hardware for Freelancers
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Smart Ways to Economize
Being a new freelancer means lots of new expenses at a time when your income will be taking a major hit. If you’re not in a position to shell out major coin for a new computer, take heart: you probably don’t need to. There are lots of smart ways to save money.
Perhaps the easiest is to acquire a used computer. If all you’re using the machine for is accessing online freelancing sites and basic functions such as office applications, you can probably get by with a machine three or even five years old. These computers can often be had for a song from people who really need the latest technologies and are looking to get rid of older units. In fact, you can sometimes get older computers for free.
If you’re going new, then watch for sales. Big companies often run specials that can cut hundreds off prices. Look especially for clearances on units that are being discontinued or closed out: a model that’s a year old will often cost half of what a new one goes for, and will be 90% as fast.
Desktops are cheaper than laptops. If you don’t really need the mobility—and it undeniably has advantages—then consider a desktop. You can always add a laptop later on once the money starts coming in.
Finally, beware of fancy frills that sound cool but aren’t necessary and really add to the cost. Do you really need a pricey solid state hard drive? Probably not. Are you getting that hot-rod video adapter for your freelancing, or to let you play the latest first-person-shooter video game? Only you really know the truth. :)
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