If you’ve switched from a PC to a Mac, you’re in for a treat. MacBook owners can attest to the fact how durable and reliable a Mac is. Especially if you’re a Creative Hustler! 

But making that transition can also be a little bit confusing. If you’re used to the keyboard shortcuts of Windows or accustomed to finding apps or launching them on Windows, doing the same thing on Mac can seem pretty bizarre at first.

Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of 9 things that every new MacBook owner should know, especially as our start out on your freelance/side hustle: 

1. Have a backup plan

This is just one of the basic checklist items that you should get checked off as soon as you set up your Mac. Mac has a feature called the Time Machine to take snapshots of your data at regular intervals, and this can come in handy if you accidentally delete a file or if your laptop has to be formatted for some reason. 

2. Sign in to iCloud

Another popular reason why people love Mac is the Apple ecosystem. Everything is synced across devices, and you just need one iCloud account. 

If you don’t have an iCloud account, you can create one for free when setting up the Mac. 

3. Set up Optimized Storage

You can use the iCloud’s syncing options to make sure you don’t clutter up your Mac with unnecessary files and have a centralized location to store all of your data. 

This will also help you speed up your Mac considerably since storage is a huge reason why MacBooks end up underperforming. If you would like to know more about how to speed up your Mac, you can learn more here

4. Set up automatic downloads

Apple regularly updates the macOS with new and exciting features that improve performance and fix bugs. Instead of doing this manually, you can set up automatic downloads, which will run in the background. 

It is important that you download the latest OS, whether you do it manually or automatically, because this will protect your system from security breaches if there is one. 

5. Set up Email and Calendar

There are many great email and calendar apps, but you should still set up the in-built Mail and Calendar because third-party apps are not always reliable and may stop working without warning. 

6. Download apps from the Mac App Store

MacBooks have an App Store in-built from where you can download apps pretty easily. You can find all your favorite apps from the App Store. This doesn’t require you to set up anything manually. Once the app is downloaded, you can launch it and start using it.

If something is not available on the Mac App Store, you can search for it online and download the .dmg file and run it on your system. 

The system will show you a warning when you try to install the app because the file has been downloaded from the internet. But, If you know and trust the app, you can ignore the system’s warnings and proceed to installation.

7. Start using Spotlight

Search works differently on Mac, and it is better, as many ex-PC users claim. Spotlight allows you to perform local and web searches. 

You can look up files and images that are already on the system, or you can ask it questions about the weather or convert currency. 

Spotlight is a great feature if you want to look up buried email attachments or find and launch apps easily. 

To access Spotlight, you can either click on the search icon on the menu bar or, better yet, press Command + Space to instantly access it. 

8. Migrate your files

If you’ve moved from PC to Mac, you need to be able to migrate your files to Mac easily. Particularly if these are important personal files or data you need for work

To do this, you can use the Migration Assistant and follow the outlined steps, and the entire process will run seamlessly. 

9. Use the help menu

If you feel stuck and are not sure about how to perform a task, you can rely on the Help menu. Instead of having an onboarding where you are walked through all of the features of the MacBook, Apple has designed it so that each app and process has a Help Menu on it. 

This answers your questions, has step-by-step tutorials, and you can easily search for the query you need help with without spending time looking for answers on the internet.


Here’s a quick summary of everything you need to know as a new MacBook user:

  • Have a backup plan
  • Sign in to iCloud
  • Set up optimized storage
  • Set up automatic downloads
  • Set up Email and calendar
  • Download apps from the Mac App Store
  • Start using Spotlight
  • Migrate your files
  • Use the help menu

That’s it. Your initial setup will help you take care of the most basic items. Once you’re comfortable with the MacBook, you can start trying out more advanced features.