File Sharing For Freelance Writers

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File Sharing for FreelancersFor people trying to make a bit of money on the side through freelance writing, flexibility is always important. Not everybody has a given block of time scheduled each day to devote to freelance projects, and that means it’s important to be able to access content, write material, and communicate with clients on the go. Fortunately, thanks in large part to improving technology, freelance writers can generally have access to the tools they need to do their work throughout an average day. In fact, there are even some emerging tech tools and programs that can significantly simplify the life of a freelance writer. Consider, for example, an advanced file sharing service like Share File.

Advanced file sharing services and cloud computing are designed to make it easier for people to work on and share documents online, and provide numerous specific services that can be very beneficial for your freelance career. Here are a few such services.

Send Large Files

The ability to send large files with ease can certainly be helpful in instances when you have a particularly large writing project, or even a bundle of smaller projects that you need to send. Often, basic email can fall short of your needs in such cases, whereas an advanced file sharing service can easily transfer large and complex files to suit your needs.

Send Files With Security

Additionally, with access to an advanced file sharing network, you can enjoy additional security for your digital file transfers. For many clients, the knowledge that files are encrypted and/or protected by passwords can be very comforting, as they can be more certain that your writing projects are exclusively for their use.

Back Up Your Work

If your advanced file sharing provider also gives you access to a cloud computing network, you can also enjoy a very unique sort of backup for your own work. When your writing projects are saved to the cloud, they are protected from any sort of issue that might arise with your computer or equipment. For example, if your hard drive crashes, or your laptop is lost or stolen, your actual work files will still be safely preserved in the cloud, which you can then access from another device. For sensitive projects or a high volume of freelance work, this backup can be invaluable.

Enjoy Cloud Flexibility

Finally, you can also enjoy the general flexibility provided by access to a cloud computing network. Just as you can access files on the cloud if the need to retrieve them arises, you can also do so simply for the sake of convenience. For example, if you have a desktop computer at home and a laptop for when you’re out of the house, you can work on the same document from either device, so long as it is saved conveniently to the cloud. This allows you the flexibility that freelance writers crave, and often require.

Editor’s Note: When I was freelancing more often, I used file sharing each and every day.  It was much easier to create work and then just share it, especially when the file size was too big for email.  File sharing is fast, secure, and a great option for freelancers and business owners alike.

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  1. May 9, 2013 at 7:16 am — Reply

    Sharing files is so important when you are a freelancer/contractor. I would highly recommend DropBox, though I’m sure there are better and more secure paid options out there. For my purposes DropBox works best.

    • May 9, 2013 at 2:35 pm — Reply

      It is very important. Dropbox is a good one along with many others. It really depends on your need.

  2. May 9, 2013 at 9:25 am — Reply

    File sharing is a 100% necessity when you are not only a freelancer, but on the go. I love using DropBox too, they got my loyalty when they started working with the university I went too. It is so much more reliable and convenient than using a flash drive or an external hard drive. I can’t imagine what it was like before.

    • May 9, 2013 at 2:36 pm — Reply

      Yeah, I remember those days. I also remember the days you would have to write it to a disk. So much more convenient now.

  3. May 9, 2013 at 9:34 am — Reply

    We just started using Dropbox for our business over the last few months. It makes things so much easier for us as we can access pretty much anything at anytime as opposed to having to email between the two of us. The time savings is well worth it.

    • May 9, 2013 at 2:36 pm — Reply

      I agree with you there. The time that you save is well worth it.

  4. May 9, 2013 at 9:47 am — Reply

    There are a lot of them out there these days — Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft Skydrive, Megabox. Each have their own advantages and disadvantages

    • May 9, 2013 at 2:36 pm — Reply

      You are correct. You have to find the one that meets all of your needs along with the needs of your clients.

  5. May 9, 2013 at 9:59 am — Reply

    I use google docs mainly and share it with others, but I don’t know if you can send big files.

    • May 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm — Reply

      I use that for personal things. There are times when I need better security or more options.

  6. May 9, 2013 at 11:03 am — Reply

    I’ve got experience with Google Drive and Dropbox. Both seem ok to me. I think cloud will continue to growing so I need to learn more. This is good information, thanks!

    • May 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm — Reply

      The cloud will be the standard soon enough. Unfortunately, it just means more fuel for hackers.

  7. Jenny @ Frugal Guru Guide
    May 9, 2013 at 10:40 am — Reply

    Dropbox and Google Drive are two free resources for this.

    • May 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm — Reply

      Yep, they are good, but some clients require more options or enhanced security depending on the project. The free accounts don’t provide that.

  8. May 9, 2013 at 12:37 pm — Reply

    I’ve seen a few people write about sharefile now. I’ll have to check it out. I currently use Google Drive for everything and, like others have said, it’s been great for me.

    • May 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm — Reply

      They are from my city, so I am well aware of them. They have a good product and it works well for many businesses. You only need to get what works for you.

  9. May 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm — Reply

    I’ve used dropbox as well for different types of projects and it works well. It is good to have options for sharing files. In the old days you had to try to email large files to one another and quite often it would fail because the file size would exceed the limit allowed.

    • May 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm — Reply

      Those days were not cool. It took so long and then you might not have known it failed until it was too late. Zipping files is not fun anymore.

  10. May 10, 2013 at 5:42 am — Reply

    Thanks for this post!
    The file sharing provides freelancers with the opportunity of working from any computer, anywhere. Without such services, freelancers either need to carry their unfinished work with them in a USB flash drive or they need to mail all the work to themselves. If they are not using a file sharing, it becomes a hassle for them to continue their work from where they left off. If they have forgotten to mail themselves something, then their work is hindered.
    It’s important indeed.

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