How being a Green Freelancer Can Save you Money

By | April 14, 2012

Companies all over the world are changing their ways and doing their best to go green. If you’re a freelancer you probably think you’re already pretty eco-friendly, as it’s just you working on projects.

Becoming a green freelancer can make financial sense though, as there are many savings to be made when investing in eco-friendly methods and materials. Though it may seem that you’re doing hardly anything at all to help the environment, you’ll be reducing your own carbon footprint by a significant amount.

So, what can you do to go green?

1) Minimise your gadgetry

Freelancers have a habit of collecting as many useful gadgets as possible, but you really can have too much of a good thing.

Do you really need to be using your tablet and PC at the same time, for instance? And do you need to have your TV or radio on in the background?

Working from home automatically means that your energy bills will go up, as you won’t be in a company office for eight hours a day. However, there are many other savings to be made. The telework calculator can show you your potential savings in terms of fuel efficiency. When I calculated by savings it showed that I could save $6,133.48 working from home and also free up 174 hours in productivity.

Make sure you make the most of those savings by being savvy with your home energy usage though.

2) Use recycled printer paper

Every freelancer needs a printer, whether it’s used to print of the majority of their work or just to provide themselves with hard copies of invoices. You can buy recycled printer paper from high street retailers and a lot of the time it actually works out cheaper. Also, refilling ink carts is much cheaper than buying new ones.

3) Go for green web hosting

Promoting your services via a website is one of the best ways to grow your business. Even this can make its mark on the environment though, so you should consider using a green web hosting provider. Look out for ones that are based in your country, Uses renewable power in its data centres and has a good history of eco-friendliness.

4) Overhaul your home office

Actually, it isn’t just your home office that you’ll need to take a look at. You should double-check your entire home to see whether you can improve its energy efficiency. For example, you should make sure your insulation is up to scratch, that your windows are double or even triple glazed (as opposed to single glazed), and that you’re using energy saving light bulbs in every room.

Being a green freelancer isn’t nearly as difficult as it sounds at first, and you could save a considerable amount of money on your energy bills as a result.

This post was contributed by Aurora Johnson on behalf of Nixon Williams, an accountancy firm providing services such as IR35 advice for freelancers.

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