The Latest Gadgets to Help Freelancers

Technology had evolved over the years and now almost anyone has some form of smartphone, laptop, tablet or PC.

Over 90% of UK adults own/use a mobile phone and 50% of 16-24-year-olds have a smartphone, according to the latest Ofcom’s Communication Market Report. And research by Mintel has revealed that 10% of adults own a tablet.

But that’s not just it- according to AppsWorld there are 5.9 billion mobile phone subscribers which equates to around 87% of the world’s population; and one in seven searches online is via a mobile.

There are various gadgets on the market that can help in our day-to-day lives. Mobiles can keep us connected to our customers and loved ones; tablets can help us to remember meetings and events; and the internet can give us to access to information from around the world.

Why is it so important? If you are self-employed, you can take your business to the next level in 2013 by taking advantage of technology. The latest gadgets can help freelancers so you need to join the appliance revolution to succeed.

•    iPhone 5

The iPhone is a necessity for any contractor. It can help you to stay organised by listing all your engagements in the diary and it provides access to Apple’s iCloud so it is ideal for working on the move. The technology means if you are regularly going back and forth to your client, you can pick things up from where you left them, without having to carry around an external hard drive.

What is more, you need to be on it 24/7 and the iPhone can give you access to calls, emails and correspondence at all times. By responding to queries quickly, you show that you are dynamic, committed and professional.

What is cloud computing? It is internet-based computing whereby shared resources and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand. You don’t even need to use the same device to access the information.

•    Google Nexus 7 from Asus tablet

There will be times when you need to travel back and forth between workplaces and this device is perfect. It is just 10.45mm thin, 340g light and its seven-inch screen means it is portable and easy to fit in your bag, so you don’t need to carry around large bulky equipment.

It has the world’s first 7” quad-core tablet delivering an advanced multimedia experience with up to 9.5* hours of battery life so it will last all day when travelling.

And its super-fast Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor ensures that everything is faster so the pages load quickly and you can run multiple apps at a time. Overall, you can complete your work much faster, boosting productivity.

•    iPad mini

Believe it or not but by owning the latest technology you can boost your image as a professional. They are symbols of status so make sure you get your hands on the latest iPad mini. By showcasing this at a meeting, you will impress the client and reveal how proficient you are about your business.

But make sure that it doesn’t distract you from your work. Having access to the latest news and information on the web should improve your work, not hinder it!


It is a standard practice to own and use a smartphone/tablet to cater to your flexible work arrangements. By embracing the latest gizmos, you can boost your efficiency and improve your income.

This article was provided by Nixon Williams, the expert contractor accountancy company. For more specialist freelancer advice, speak to the professionals today or visit the website.