For any freelancer working from home, the PC is going to be the heart of their day-to-day work. Understanding the terms used to describe the various parts of the PC can save you money in ensuring you only buy what you need.
Now that you understand about the main components that make up a PC, you should look to consider any other peripherals that fulfil your computing needs.
How else can you optimise your PC? Read the freelancer's 'need to know' on connectivity, networking, printing, VoIP calling and 'burning.'
Freelance UK's simplified guide to choosing an operating system when buying a PC.
With a new fast broadband connection, the threat of viruses, worms and phishing attacks await the unprotected. Make sure you are not a victim with our guide to staying safe online.
A power failure shuts your PC down unexpectedly and, when the power returns you see the message in white text on a plain black background "No drive was detected". Oh dear, your hard drive has died. You did back up your data didn't you?
Data loss can occur in more circumstances than a hard drive failure. Have you ever deleted a file by accident or overwritten an important file? Mistakes are easily made; how to recover lost files and restore a whole drive should failure occur.
How to perform backup, which data you should back up, and some of the pros and cons of back up methods to making sure you can recover should the worst ever happen.
With your PC sorted, software installed and a good backup routine, you can look at choosing a partner to get you online and communicating with the rest of the world.
It's easy to register a domain name but beware: not all hosts provide a good service. This guide teaches you the rights and wrongs of domain ownership.
How to set up web & mail facilities so you can run your own e-mail address and build your own website.