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Hi guys! We’re starting a new series of sorts called ‘Coaching Connection’ where we’ll be answering different questions you have regarding the world of writing. 

Today’s question comes from Kimberly in the Healthcare Writers Network asking: What type of laptop is suitable for the freelance writer?

Personally, I had a Macbook back in the day that I loved. One day my son and my dog were chasing each other and a cup of water spilled on it.

Rest in peace, Mac.

Now, I use a new computer called an Asus Chromebook, which is included in my list, so without further ado, here’s the rundown of what I think are the best computers for freelance writers:


Dell Notebook

For $200, this computer looks suitable for a writer. I put this one as number one because it is a Windows-based computer. I still think of myself as a Mac girl, but I know many people are still on the Windows platform.

If you are just starting out this computer will do the job. I would suggest buying Word 2016 for it because some clients do require Word Documents as their final form of your draft.



Apple provides their computers, but the cheapest one you can get is about $1,000. I loved my MacBook because I never had any troubles with viruses or with it freezing. At the time that mine crashed after the dog had spilled water on it I was not the market to spend $1,000 on the computer. I love the computer I have now, but my heart will always be with Mac.

If you are using this computer for more than just business, then I say, make the investment.


Asus Flipbook

The Asus Flipbook is my current computer. It was around $300 but worth every penny. I was originally introduced to a Chromebook when my son was using it in school, and I actually love the platform because I love the Google platform. I love Google Docs, Google Drive, Spreadsheets, etc and the more you use this computer the more familiar you get with it. There are a couple of downsides to it, though. It is smaller, so sometimes you want something that is a little bigger when you are working. Another downside is that the storage on the device is not huge, but you do have Google Drive, so you can store in the “cloud”. Luckily, I still have a desktop computer that I can do my word documents on.

This computer is cute and light, and I prefer it compared to a Macbook, which was a little heavier (though the Macbook Air is lighter) when I was toting it around. It’s also a touchscreen which is cool because my little one can do his iPad games on it. It also flipped to a TV mode it is unique.

There it is. My rundown of three different types of computers and three different types of  platforms that could work for you as a freelance writer. I always suggest getting Word 2016 for any of the computers that you have just because some clients require it and some things don’t work on Mac and Chrome, but everything seems to always work on a Windows platform. If you are familiar with Google Drive, that’s another thing that I would say to use because many clients work off of it.


That’s all I’ve got, for now, I hope that answered your question, Kim.


Do you have a question about freelance writing? Send it to my email or post in our private Facebook group. I will be answering questions weekly.


A special offer for YOU! I am offering a 15-minute complimentary introductory call with me to discuss your business needs and what I can do for you as a coach. I want to make your freelance business successful, as I have with mine.


Thanks you everyone, see you soon!




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Janine Kelbach

Nurse and Writer at WriteRN
Janine Kelbach, RNC-OB, started her nursing career in a community hospital learning the basics of labor and delivery, admitting patients, the normal newborn, and scrubbing into the operating room. She quickly became a breastfeeding resource nurse and certified CPR instructor. In 2007, she took a position in a higher acuity facility in the Cleveland, Ohio area. There she worked postpartum and labor and delivery. She became the assistant manager and educated new nurses, developed educational content, and managed other labor and delivery specifications. She has worked homecare jobs with high risk pregnant women in the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio, obtained her CCW and decided her life was not worth losing over her work. She has 2 young boys, a husband, 2 cats, and a great Dane. Writing has always been a passion of hers, but launched her career while caring for her grandmother in 2012...and never looked back to the streets of Cleveland. She still works in the hospital part time as the charge nurse in labor and delivery.

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