When you first begin, it's easy to get by with "that's good enough for now" gear: an old PC or scratch pad, a corner of the dining room table. Try not to do that! These tools don't enable you to be dynamic and to expand. As you get busier with an ever increasing number of customers, your string and bubblegum set up will crumble like the walls of Jericho.
Having the correct tools will make you increasingly more proficient, more productive and, believe it or not, happier. Hardware and software are not very expensive nowadays – so get everything you need set up right from the start. Among the tools you'll need are a good reliable PC, time tracking software, a project management system, a printer, scanner, email, calendar, anti-virus software, a password manager, video conferencing software, and a tool for screen sharing.
Furthermore, those are just a few tools needed to maintain your own business. To assist your customers with running theirs, you'll also need a PDF editor, MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), and a graphics editor, along with the occasional custom tool for regular and important customers.
(Guru tip: Keep close track of any tools that have month to month membership fees. It's easy to stop utilizing these when a project ends and unknowingly continue paying for several additional months!)
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