The workforce in Framingham, Natick, Sudbury, MA and the rest of the country has undergone a huge transition over the last several years.
The shift has been to a freelancer model. It’s been accelerated by the pandemic causing a shift in where people work, and the need for businesses to reduce their costs.
It’s estimated that by the end of 2020, nearly half (48%) of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers.
Companies save on employee taxes and other costs by hiring freelancers. People that move from working for someone else to full-time freelancing often enjoy the freedom it brings. It can also end up being more lucrative.
When you move from working for another company to freelancing for yourself, you need to consider the tools that are vital to your livelihood – which for most is your computer.
Nearly all people that work independently as an outside contract for a business are relying on their computer every day. They may do customer support work and need to connect to cloud platforms, do website design and maintenance, handle bookkeeping, or something else.
If their PC goes down due to a malware infection or slows down because it’s not properly maintained, that’s money directly being lost by a person who can’t deliver work as usual.
Taking care of your PC through managed computer support services is even more important if you’re working on your own than it is if you’re working for a large company, because your next paycheck is riding on your computer.
What Are the Advantages of Using Managed IT Support if You Freelance?
If you’re a freelancer making an average of $28 per hour and your computer begins slowing you down because it’s not maintained, you can end up making less income per week.
For example, a slowdown of just an hour per day in what you’re able to accomplish, can mean a loss of $140 per week in earnings or about $560 per month, which is significant.
It’s vital to keep your computer properly maintained, which can be done through an affordable managed IT plan through Pro Tech Guy. Here are the advantages that have a direct impact on your freelance income.
Ongoing Maintenance to Keep PC Efficient
If you start experiencing frustrating slowdowns, it can totally hurt your business. If you don’t have help from a professional, it can mean you spend hours searching online and trying different “computer speed up” tricks, which may or may not work.
When you have a managed services plan, your system is maintained regularly, which includes best practices for keeping your system fast and efficient.
Protection from Ransomware & Viruses
If your computer gets hit with ransomware or another type of malware, you could be without a way to support yourself until you figure out a solution. Just one click on a fake phishing email can mean a major problem and dire emergency for you.
Your freelance business is a business just like any other and it needs cybersecurity protection.
Managed IT services include managing all your security patches and updates, which ensure your system isn’t left vulnerable to a hacker. They can also include other safeguards like:
- Managed antivirus/anti-malware
- Managed backup and recovery
Immediate Help When You Need It
Through remote IT support, our team at Pro Tech Guy can help you with a software issue on many popular programs (like QuickBooks, Outlook, Microsoft 365, and more).
Instead of wasting your billable hours stuck on an Excel issue, you can take advantage of fast remote support to get the help you need and get back to work.
Removal of Malicious Software
If you happen to trust the wrong website and end up with a malware infection, you can be left with missing customer work files, and without a way to finish your projects.
Having a managed IT service relationship can turn panic into action. We can remove malicious spyware, ransomware, viruses, and more remotely, and put protections in place to ensure you don’t suffer the same problem again in the future.
You’re Not Alone, You Have a Technology Ally
Being a freelancer can sometimes feel like you’re on an island by yourself without any support system.
When you sign up for monthly managed IT support for your device, you have a technology ally to call on whenever you need help. This includes asking for recommendations when you’re planning to upgrade your device or inquiring about the most secure Wi-Fi setup.
Our mission is to make your business the best it can be by keeping your technology fully optimized.
Ask About Our Affordable Freelance Business IT Packages
Pro Tech Guy offers affordable and customizable managed IT packages for companies and freelance businesses. Protect your livelihood by keeping your computer running smoothly!
Contact us today to learn more. Call 508-364-8189 or reach us online.