Backup! Whether you are freelancing, self-employed, working from home – whatever label you want to put on it – you need to ensure that everything that you have worked upon is safe. When you are employed by a company or business, it is up to them to back up each piece of work that you complete.
If they don’t, it’s their fault when it all goes wrong and you’re still paid regardless. When you are working for yourself, this could be a lot of work down the drain and even more money lost. It can take weeks to get back to where you need to be. Oh, that I know – there’s a lot of work if you don’t backup..
1.Use Free Tools
The one way of ensuring that everything is properly backed up is to use tools online that are readily available for you. If you are utilising Google Drive and making use of things within it like the spreadsheets and documents that you can create, these are automatically saved with every single change that you make. This is extremely clever and of the utmost importance when you are working on something that is taking a lot of editing. Not only that, but others can join in too if you make your content visible to them and share your link.
2. Save To Physicals
There are sites online, such as iCloud, which will save your pictures, documents and other bits and pieces for a monthly fee. This is all well and good, but is still not 100% safe. There have been reports of hacking in the past, and while it’s a great idea in theory, you need to ensure that you are completely tech savvy to get to grips with it and know where to go to find all of your items.
There are sites like Nationwide Disc Replication which can be useful for reproducing any sound recordings or videos that you may have stored, and external hard drives are also worth looking into to keep everything safe and sound on another device. It’s important to remember that although laptops and computers can store quite a lot of things, they’re also prone to failing – which means that there’s a likelihood that you could lose everything that you haven’t backed up.
3. Send, Send, Send
Don’t forget just how important attachments to emails can be. If you have the storage available with your email provider, try sending certain projects to yourself to look back on later. Not only is this good as you can access it from remote locations and without needing to have your device there to see it, but it can be sent to other people for review.
If you are working on a project with somebody else, simply make up a new email to send things within and make sure that you both know the username and password to log in to it. That way, not only is it backed up, but for those who have opened the files on other devices, it should be saved to their hard drive also.
Two birds with one very easy stone!