10 Things Every Freelancer Needs

It's 2017, and it's becoming increasingly possible and sometimes necessary to work from wherever you are. Despite the growing number of people working from home, on-the-go and freelancing, whether it's better tech or general convenience, the office still has some benefits Starbucks likely lacks. Rather than suffering a two-hour commute to make a copy, check out ten things you need to be productive from wherever you are.

1. Doxie Go Plus Portable Document Scanner

Speaking of making copies, the Doxie lets you scan photos, receipts and documents from wherever you are in just eight seconds. The size of a rolled up magazine, it's completely portable and equipped with a battery that keeps you from searching for an outlet at Starbucks. It can store up to 450 pages or 1,800 photos before you'll need to sync to a device of your choice.  

2. Canon Pixma iP110 Wireless Mobile Printer

Rather than beginning a typically fruitless search for a nearby Kinkos (Reminder: it's 2017), the Pixma will allow you to print directly from that booth you fought the rush hour crowd so hard for. With its featured AirPrint technology, you'll be able to print from any Apple device as long as your connected to WiFi. Just don't forget to buy ink. 

3. Aukey 20000mAh Universal Portable External Power Bank

A dead battery can mean a dead career if you keep missing important phone calls. It's Quick Charge technology is designed to charge your devices 75% faster than traditional charging, so you don't spend a two-hour meeting with your face glued to an outlet. With safeguards against excessive current, overheating and overcharging, the power bank claims to charge an iPhone 7 6 and a half times. 

4. HooToo iPhone Flash Drive

If you're anything like me (sorry) and don't understand the Cloud, Google Docs or common sense, your inbox is full of things you sent yourself in the effort to transport info from your phone to your computer. More often than not, these snippets of brilliance end up being forgotten along with news of sales past and present. Rather than continuing this deluge of self-spamming, plug into your iPhone with HooToo's iPlugmate. With 32 GB of backup space, the convenient device can store and easily transfer all that data that once clogged up your phone. 

5. Asus MB168B Portable Monitor

Laptops are certainly more adaptable when it comes working remote, but they certainly have their limitations. In the effort to do approximately 48 things at once, a small screen will find you with more open tabs than anyone needs. With Asus's portable monitor, you can simply connect your laptop via USB and have more than enough room to not check your email. 

6. Logitech Wireless Mini Mouse

Yes, you'll look like a geeky gamer, but like a portable monitor, a mouse goes a long way to bringing the convenience of a desktop to your laptop. This extra-small wireless version from Logitech makes hours moving through spreadsheets a little less tedious...maybe. 

7. Ansion K6 Bluetooth Headset

Sorry, working remote can't erase all the social burdens of modern society. There will come a time when the power of email will fail and you'll be forced to interact with other human beings, whether a conference call or Skype meeting. Rather than providing Starbucks's latest background music to an entire boardroom, this isolating Bluetooth headset from Ansion ensures everyone can hear you awkwardly introduce yourself with complete clarity. 

8. Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard

If you frequently work from a phone or tablet, you know that after about the eighth email, you feel like an 87-year-old using a flip phone for the first time. Logitech's multi-device keyboard is compatible with most brands and lets you easily switch back and forth, spamming your co-workers from all of your devices. 

9. At-a-GLANCE 2017 Appointment Book/Planner

It may seem obvious, but one of the largest problems faced by freelancers and those working remote is organization. For the most part, you won't have a boss shoving deadlines down your throat; it's all on you. With designated pages for appointments and daily to-do lists, this planner will give you a terrifying look at the week ahead. 

10. Travel Electronics Organizer

Having all these tools at your disposable is all fun and games until you have to lug them around. This lightweight travel organizer keeps your cords, pesky mouse and electronics from ending up in a tangled bundle at the bottom of your backpack. Why invest in all this gear if you're just going to lose it? 

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