No one likes to be called cheap.
Except if you are starting out as a writer, then you are starting out with a shoestring budget. How will you manage if you got to feed your family, car repairs, rent/mortgages, church tithes, love offerings and the like?
You could apply for a grant to help fund your dreams and there are plenty of resources available to do this.
As a frugal scribe, I would like to show you how to save money as a fledgling or seasoned writer.
Here are 5 tools frugal writers cannot live without (no particular order because frugal is what frugal does):
(Note: I will feature one affiliate link below. I don’t get any payment from it. The link is in the Dropbox commentary below. Just to give you a head’s up.)
Are you looking for a way to store your precious documents and WIPs? Do you even have a backup plan? What would you do if all of your WIPs were gone? How would you recover them?
Dropbox comes to the rescue.
Dropbox is a free service that will store your files up to 2GB of information. You can store vairous WIPs and in different locations to make sure maximum protection. For example, I have some of my WIPs on Dropbox and some on a flash drive. So I make sure that I will never be without a place to reach them.
Dropbox’s size limit can be expanded by having others join under your account and you can also gain more size by following easy tasks they set out.
If you are interested in signing up (hint, hint), please go HERE to see if this is something you may be interested in.
Now there was a time I would have resisted change. Me leaving Windows? Ha! Stifle thy heathen tongue! I was somewhat satisfied with Windows and did not think there was anyway out of this box.
Until I read this post by Murray Lynn and the rest they say is history.
As a frugal writer though, I began to see the fallacy of paying for Windows upgrades along with a slew of issues (e.g. trojan horses, viruses, firewalls, blue screen of death, etc, etc, etc).
With a lump in my throat, I switched to Linux and haven’t looked back at all. Yes, there was a few bumps in the road and learning curves yet the results have been money-saving success.
If you want more about Linux, check out the excellent article from Lifehacker: Getting Started with Linux: Pick the Right Linux Flavor for You
1. Linux Mint 11 for beginners
2. Fedora 15 for immediate /advanced
I do not have any love loss for Google at all. The company has shown questionable ethics and this made me look for an alternative to all of their privacy shenanigans. During my quest to exorcise the Google demons from my computer life, I found an alternative to Google apps in the form of Zoho.
From the company’s website:
Zoho.com offers a comprehensive suite of award-winning on-line business, productivity & collaboration applications. Customers use Zoho Applications to run their business processes, manage their information and be more productive while at the office or on the go, without having to worry about expensive or outdated hardware or software.
Zoho’s robust suite offers everything the frugal writer needs for success from a Writer to Spreadsheet. Zoho is a refreshing breath of air from the polluted landscape of Google.
You can find out more about Zoho HERE.
While I haven’t used this a lot, I think I will give this a closer look in June. Evernote allows you to capture any ideas and store them. As writers, we all know the importance of stealing like an artist and Evernote helps you to in your idea safari hunt.
Watch Evernote in action HERE.
5)Open Source Programs:
Finally, the greatest money saver. Open Source programs. What is Open Source?
Glad you asked.
Since I am visual, we will look at what Open Source is through a video featuring the history of Linux (shameless plug). Roll it!
*Wipes tears of joy from my eyes*
Okay, fine. I’ll show an unbiased video. Eeesh. I leave for one weekend and now you are being bossy. Picky, picky, picky.
That’s a wrap. Did I leave anything out? What frugal tools do you use as a writer? Share your comments below.