It is virtually impossible to be a full-time freelance writer without being computer literate. Moreover, it is becoming impossible to sustain yourself in this business unless you are on-line, with e-mail, both home and away. It goes without saying that you have a cell phone and a pager (preferably all in one), a fax machine, a second phone line, a laptop, and the ability to cross computer platforms. You may also own a scanner, a copy machine, a dependable back-upsystem, a Palm Pilot, a portable e-mail device, and countless software programs.
If you are at the stage of merely contemplating going into business, that list may seem daunting. First, there is the cost; second, there is the necessity to set up and use all of that can't-live-without equipment. When I started my business some of that technology didn't even exist; or, if it did, it wasn't absolutely necessary for survival. What is so astonishing is how much has changed in so short a time. I have added one piece of equipment at a time over the years because I felt it enabled me to better serve my clients. From one now-extinct Osborne computer and a dot-matrix printer, I have upgraded to the point of having barely any open desk space and a floor full of twisted, overlapping electrical cords. And I suspect I'm not finished "adding."
Any major corporation that is not set up to compete in the era of e-commerce will be at a distinct disadvantage in the 21st century. Like it or not, that is tomorrow's reality, and tomorrow has a way of coming around before we are ready. While you may never be connected to a WAN (wide area network) or have your clients pay you with credit cards or electronic checks, there are other things that will be expected of you as a businessperson. Here are some steps you should take, if you are to meet those expectations.
Bobbi Linkemer is a ghostwriter, editor, and the author of 12 books. She works with executives and entrepreneurs who want to enhance their credibility and increase business by writing books. Visit http://www.WriteANonfictionBook.com or call 314-968-8661.
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