Here’s a few tools for freelance writers that I hope you’ll find useful. They make my life a whole lot easier too, so I thought I’d share a few of them with you.
Technology can be our best friend – when it’s all running smoothly that is, but when it isn’t, our jobs become so much harder. So, it’s vital to have secure backups in place that are off-site.
SugarSync, once set up, is a set and forget piece of software that you load onto your PC and it backs up the files and folders you select. Every time I login to my computer, and work on any of my files, it’s actively saving to the Cloud. What’s particularly great about this is that I don’t have to remember to backup myself.
With subscriptions available from USD7.49 per month, it’s an affordable back up solution for me. I also have this loaded on my iPad too, so I can file share between my iPad and my laptop.
2. Microsoft Word on my iPad
With the latest version of Microsoft Office, my subscription enables me to load a version on my iPad. Although a cut down version of the software, it still works well enough to enable me to draft up a blog post, or an article and then I can do the formatting later on my PC.
3. iPad Keyboard
I love the keyboard for the iPad. It has a nice feel to the keypad, has a great cover where the top folds up to become a stand for iPad. My only issue is not having a mouse attached, or when I go back to my laptop I keep forgetting I don’t need to touch the laptop screen.
It packs away nicely for travel too so you don’t need to take a laptop away if you’re on a quick trip. It’s a great little add on the the iPad to increase its functionality and wireless too.
4. Olympus Digital Recorder & Telephone Pickup Mic
If I need to conduct a phone interview, then an Olympus Digital voice recorder (VN-711PC) at $79.95 and paired with the Olympus Telephone Pickup Mic – TP8 at $39.95 are great buys. The ear piece microphone goes in one ear then plugs into the Olympus digital voice recorder.
Both devices I purchased from Dictate.
Hopefully some of these tools may be helpful to you.