We all know that in this day and age technology makes the world go round, and for the majority of us, without it we would be lost. We have all become reliant on technology to get us by in everyday life, with certain professions being more reliant than others.
When working as a contractor or freelancer, you are expected to be at the top of your game which in the modern world often requires you to use the most up-to-date technology.
Take a look at our top five rated gadgets that could improve your day-to-day life as a contractor.
Gadgets for Contractors as suggested by the Brookson One Team
As a contractor you will always need a trusty device to work from, whether it is an Apple iPad, Microsoft Surface, Amazon Kindle or Samsung Note you will need something light and easy to transport. Whether you need it to present content during a meeting, or need a way to take notes quickly, a tablet will improve your day-to-day life as a contractor.
The ability to download and sync across different devices makes it easier to work remotely and manage your schedule from any location.
A tablet is great to use on the go; you can continue your work tasks that you would usually complete in the office. You can keep up-to-date with your accounts, arrange meetings and even complete research for future jobs.
Your day as a contractor can often be long and you will need to stay in contact with the outside world, reply to an email or accept tomorrow’s meeting request. By keeping a power charger with you, you will be able to keep your phone fully charged allowing you to never lose contact.
The development of power chargers has improved over the years; the majority of batteries allow two full phone charges and some are compatible with certain tablets and laptops, which is a bonus!
All you need to do is make sure the power pack is charged overnight and you are then ready to face the day.
The Dashcam is our newest gadget here to become more readily accessible and lowered in cost. It’s great for contractors travelling by car. As a contractor you will often have to spent a lot of time travelling up and down the country, no matter the weather, location or time you set off, you will always have somewhere you need to be. This is why purchasing a Dash Cam should be on every contractor’s mind.
By investing in a Dash Cam you will be able to protect yourself if ever involved in an unfortunate incident or even help a fellow road user if you have witnessed an accident.
FitBit or health tracker
The life of a contractor is often a busy one and consequently, it can be difficult to keep on top of staying active. By using a FitBit, you are able to track your fitness activity. The band works wirelessly and allows you to count calories, monitor your heart rate, track workout minutes and steps taken throughout the day. The app then collates all your stats making it easier to keep track and even gives you a little nudge if you’ve been still for a while!
Amazon Echo or Google Home
Have your own PA with a new smart home device that’s very at home in the home office and our favourite on the list of gadgets for contractors!
The Amazon Echo, also known as Alexa or the Google Home, can save you time by helping you complete your daily tasks. Once connected to your internet, you’re good to go!
These small home devices can add meetings to your diary, read out your schedule, call relevant people or get the answer to any question that may pop into your head, like what the weather is like in a certain location or how the traffic is on your designated route.
They are also great for personal use, you can play music (must have Spotify premium or amazon prime for this to work), control your TV and have the latest news read out to you. You can also turn your home into a ‘Smart home’, which allows you to turn lights on, set a timer for your heating and even open and close the garage door.
Smart home devices are fun for all to use, so if you work in an office with numerous staff members or even if it’s just yourself, why not install one and liven your day up!
If you have any other suggestions for contractor gadgets, please leave your comment in the comments section below.
If you’ve got the tools to do your work, it’s important that the tools to keep your finances working for you are there too. By joining Brookson, you’ll see that you are supported by a huge family of professionals working for you. We are a company that was built by contractors for contracts, and we know what you’re facing every day, that’s why we give you a dedicated accountant and unlimited IR35 reviews. Brookson One give you that extra peace of mind, so you can continue searching for the best gadgets for contractors without worrying about what’s happening with your accounts!