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At first, quitting your job to become a remote freelancer feels like the best decision in the world. You don’t need to get up early in the morning to catch the bus. You won’t have an overbearing boss pressuring you to complete a job on a tight schedule.
However, a few months along down the line, you may start to wonder if you made the right decision. Your income starts to diminish, clients may become hard to retain, and you get drowned in more tasks than you handled while working your 9-5 job.
This is usually a result of not having the right tools to expedite tasks and maximize productivity while working remotely.
1. A Password Manager
A password manager creates and stores the passwords for all your accounts. If you use multiple freelance platforms to get customers, you’d most likely use multiple passwords.
Also, custom jobs could require you to create several online accounts to satisfy your clients. The more accounts you’re logged in to, the higher the risk of a hack. What’s worse, if you use the same password across different accounts, you could get hacked through password stuffing.
A password manager would autofill your password when you visit websites and create unique, strong passwords for you.
A VPN encrypts your flow of internet traffic, ensuring only you and the service you’re communicating with receives the information transmitted.
If you’ve ever worked on public Wi-Fi, you could have had your activity spied on by a hacker connected to the same network. If a hijacker intercepts communications with your client and receives sensitive information, it could be used to blackmail your client.
Freelancers heavily rely on customer reviews. If your reputation gets wrecked, it could mean the end of your career. Using a VPN app would go a long way in improving your cybersecurity.
Trello is an online project management tool that allows your client to track your work progress. It is also perfect for collaboration between teams, which helps if you’re working remotely for a firm.
Trello utilizes a board and card system. The board contains various topics that have cards under them. Once you’re done with a task, you mark the task completed. Members on the board would receive a notification updating them on your progress. You can also upload files from online storage services like Dropbox.
I hope these tips can help you ensure security and boost your productivity.