So you want to work online for a living? well there are certain tools that can prove very helpful.
Here is my complete list of the tools you will need to work on the web:
Computer: This may be an obvious choice, as I tend to find that online workers without a computer tend to struggle! but it is also important that you get the best computer you can afford. There is no point buying a PC that is going to be out of date by the time you get it home.
Also, if possible try and get a notebook as well. There will be times (especially in summer) when you can work in the garden etc… so try not to be tied to one area.
Internet Access: Dial-up is not an option here. It would be like the postman (mail man) trying to carry his letters on his head. Don’t make life hard for yourself! get broadband/cable and you will have the speed to do your web work effectively.
Phone line: Ideally you should get a seperate phone line. Also, try and avoid VOIP like Skype and Vonage. They are great for talking to your friends cheaply, but your boss will not be impressed if you keep cutting out.
Get help from the pros: Don’t try and do everything yourself. The best decision I made this year was to hire a good accountant. These people are generally worth the money, so save yourself time and money and get a good accountant today.
Social network accounts: Social networking sites like blogs, forums, Digg etc… are well worth taking the time to join. Not only do they provide a much needed rest from the stresses of work, they also allow you to learn and netowrk with your peers. I have made some great contacts from forums etc…
Backup or Packup: There will be times when technlogy lets you down. So be prepared for this and make sure all your data is stored in an offline storage area.
If you have any more tips then feel free to add them in the comments section.