• Abi Prowse

6 Products I Can't Live Without as a Freelancer

As wonderful as the freelance lifestyle often is, being your own boss can sometimes be stressful. Staying on top of your endless to-do lists can sometimes feel a gargantuan task – especially when this is teamed with running your social media accounts, managing client correspondence, marketing yourself and your business, and, of course, organising the dreaded financial aspects of your business. It can sometimes feel impossible to stay on-track with your career goals as well as, fundamentally, making time for your personal life.

After more than two years in the industry, I still have days where everything feels like too much to handle – but these become less and less frequent as you begin find your footing in the world of freelancing. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of 6 products that have helped immensely with my sense of organisation, motivation, and, crucially, happiness. (This post is not sponsored – just filled with products I genuinely love!)

Read on for 6 of my all-time favourite freelance products.

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Yearly Diary | Papier

I could never compile a list of essential freelance products without first mentioning Papier's beautiful range of yearly diaries. Not only are there an endless array of stunning designs available, but the diary's clear, spacious layout is perfect for my somewhat hectic scribbles. Including yearly, monthly, and weekly views, as well as notes and goal-setting sections, Papier's diaries are perfect for busy freelancers. Oh, and they can be personalised, too!

Price: £21.99

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Laptop Sleeve | Goji via Currys PC World

You know it's a good purchase when your laptop sleeve outlasts two of your laptops! This soft, lightweight, well-padded laptop sleeve from Goji was one of the best business investments I've made. The perfect way to safely transport your laptop when you're on the go, make sure to always use a good laptop sleeve to keep your computer secure. After all, your entire livelihood probably depends on a healthy, working laptop.

Price: £16.99

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Reusable Water Bottle | Chilly's

Staying hydrated is key to maintaining productivity and keeping your energy levels up. A fantastic way to easily track how much water you're drinking is by investing in a reusable water bottle, like this one from Chilly's. If you use coworking spaces, it's also a great way to stay hydrated without leaving your desk every 30 minutes to head over to the water cooler.

Price: £20

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Laptop Support | Ikea

When you spend all day sitting at a desk with your head bent towards a laptop screen, it can wreak havoc with your neck and back - trust me, I've been there! Whilst the ideal option would be to invest in a large monitor, comfortable ergonomic chair, and wireless keyboard and mouse, this option isn't always feasible for those who travel often, or work from a coworking space. Instead, purchase one of these laptop supports from Ikea, which lift up your laptop so that your gaze is directed upwards. It may only be a small change, but it can make a huge difference to your comfort.

Price: £4.50

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Glasses | Iolla

If, like me, you're blind as a bat, then you'll need to make sure you aren't straining your eyes when you settle down for a day of work. Scottish brand Iolla offer beautiful, quirky frames which are designed to be long-lasting, as well as achingly trendy. Try these elegant Rowling frames, which come in a range of colours.

Price: £75

Funky Mug | Bogapott

Most freelancers start their day with a good cup of coffee or a mug of tea - and a fun, quirky mug is guaranteed to lift your mood! This beautiful ceramic mug is from tiny studio-slash-café Bogapott, located in Tallinn, Estonia. Sadly, they do not sell their products online - but there are so many places that do! Try Becca Ceramics, for example, whose stunning handmade mugs will look perfect on your desk.

Price: Various.


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