If you’re like me, then your freelancing is something done when you’ve got the time no matter where you happen to be. The airport terminal is as good a place to catch up on the concerns of clients as well as the sidelines of your child’s soccer practice.
But between the office computer, laptops, and additional mobile devices to rely on each with their own time and place to be used, it’s not easy being able to swing from one project to another especially if one is for the full-time gig and the other is part of a private venture. In response to this, cloud computing is becoming an increasingly popular way for freelancers to have the freedom to move between projects between other obligations on-the-go.
Even though cloud computing is a simple concept, the implementation of it on an independent scale can get surprisingly complicated, especially when trying to decide what particular route should be taken that bypasses traditional reliance on communication and data transfer between devices. We all know that cloud computing essentially entails keeping all data online to be accessed from anywhere, but for a freelancer, the more important task to be achieved is to be able to access applications from multiple locations. For this, anything from uniting a collection of thin client devices to converting to Chrome can be ideal depending on how involved you are with the data management itself and how sophisticated your necessary applications have to be.
To figure out which route to the cloud is right for you, first consider the current state of your on-the-go online access. Those with multiple devices, but who handle minimal levels of sophisticated content, should simply investigate available cloud storage services provided by Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Apple. Those who can’t remotely operate their advanced applications needed for freelance work without pricey hardware should opt for simplistic streamlined computers that can access these advanced applications if they’re put onto an accessible server from a home-base station. Those who simply need a way to travel without having to worry about emailing themselves important documents and other information should just start using cloud-based open source applications such as those provided by Google.
The primary objective is to not let your schedule interfere with freelance opportunities if you have the energy to do them just not the around-the-clock access to the available technology. If flash drives and email does the job, then that’s perfect. But for others with more elaborate objectives and assignments, consider shifting the majority of your data and function onto a cloud or other remote location. That way you can finally be free to do all the freelancing you want.