This might be a dumb question but enlighten me: Can I use my work laptop for freelance work? When I’m home, or course. No conflicts of interest. My personal laptop died about a year ago.

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If you work anywhere that’s mid or bigger, probably not.

Your work laptop is 100% monitored by IT and they can look at anything you have done while on that laptop.

Someone posted here recently that they hired someone, and found out less than three months later that they were looking at new jobs because they searched did the search/ emails on their work computer.

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🙁 I didn't know they went that far. Thanks for the heads up!

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Depends on what you signed when you were hired, but it's a pretty big nope across the board. Most agencies have you sign a contract that says anything you create on company time, hardware, location, etc etc they own the rights to.

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Yup that’s typically the case. Look up what happened to a bunch of early Buzzfeed personalities.

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Just bought my own MacBook Pro because of this and because I want to teach myself how to code.

Doing freelance work on a work computer is not worth the risk.

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Thanks for this. Good to know. I just can’t afford a new laptop right now and would love to take advantage of the Adobe CC on my work one. Ironic that if I could freelance, maybe I could afford one 🙃

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Thanks!

If you use your work laptop and they have security software installed, theoretically, they can crawl your machine. What you create on their machine they may be able to take possession of. Which would put you in an awkward position with your freelance client.

Truthfully, the likelihood of this happening is small provided you have not been flagged for anything. The security software is in place if a laptop is lost or stolen and they can remotely kill or track the machine to insure information is not leaked and the machine is found.

But it is a risk for sure. And piece of mind is worth having your own machine.

Things to consider:
• Getting half upfront to pay for your machine.
• You can write it off at the end of the year
• You could pay for it in installments

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I'm sure it differs for every agency but what about personal laptop on agency wifi? Can they monitor that? Had no idea IT had this much reach... Probably my lack of experience in the industry :T

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I’ve seen several people fired for this. Just don’t do it. Using their machine and software is convenient, sure, but a big no no.

Get a laptop, it’s not worth the risk. You can get a credit card from Apple and pay it off in six months or a year with no interest, depending on what you sign up for

If you’re lucky, they didn’t lock out booting to an external drive. This means you can install a clean OS on that drive and boot from it, and it will be treated as a wholly separate computer. I’ve done this before back when I didn’t want to splurge on a new laptop.

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