Thinking about quitting your desk job?
Ready to travel the world and work while you do it?
While traveling and working abroad can be a life changing, eye-opening experience, there’s a learning curve. Fortunately, there are numerous apps and websites that can help you live your most organized and productive digital nomad life.
Let’s look at some of the most useful tools for digital nomads.
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Digital Nomad Tools for Communication
Communication is of the utmost importance when working abroad and on the road. Here are a few tools to make it easier:
As someone who works around the world, your life will be infinitely easier if you can speak the local languages.
If you’re looking for a method to familiarize yourself with a language as well as deepen your knowledge of the culture, FluentU is the best way to go!
FluentU takes real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.
Watching authentic videos is an entertaining method to immerse yourself in a language the way native speakers really use it, while actively building your vocabulary.
FluentU’s lessons grow with you: Personalized quizzes take into account what you’ve already learned and test you on areas you haven’t mastered yet.
Cost: The first two weeks are free. Then it’s $15 per month for the basic plan or $30 for the premium plan. Less if you sign up for a year upfront!
Granted, if you’re just on vacation or only working somewhere for a couple weeks, you may not want to put a ton of time into studying the language.
That’s where Google Translate comes in. This tool is useful when you’re in a bind or need to quickly translate a phrase in a foreign language.
Skype is one of the most popular platforms for video calls out there.
It’s especially useful for digital nomads. Companies often use Skype to conduct interviews, and you can use it to talk with your clients.
Cost: Free (in-app purchases available).
Digital Nomad Tools for Your Workspace
As a nomad, having a permanent workspace is irrelevant. But there are some things you can do to set up or find conducive temporary work stations.
Mobile Phone Personal HotSpot
If you work with a lot of deadlines or find yourself in locations that don’t have Wi-Fi readily available, I recommend utilizing a personal hotspot.
This is a feature available on most smartphones that allows you to connect your laptop to your data plan.
Cost: Usually free, but you should speak with your cell phone service provider.
External Hard Drive
Whenever you work from your computer, it’s important to back up your files.
I recommend copying all your important files and documents from your computer to an external hard drive. Store the hard drive somewhere safe in case anything happens to your laptop during your travels.
Cost: It varies.
As a digital nomad constantly on the move, it’s important to always be able to figure out where you are!
Google Maps is a handy app with detailed maps. It provides driving, walking and public transit directions.
If you like working around other people, you should check out a coworking space. These areas are designed for remote, freelance and digital nomad workers and can be found in cities all over the world.
Croissant is a wonderful app that helps you find coworking spaces. You can pay for time in the coworking space and check into the shared working space, all from the app.
Coworker is also a website that helps you locate coworking spaces near you.
Its database is larger than Croissant and includes over 10,000 coworking spaces in nearly 160 countries.
You can search for coworking spaces by city or by other criteria, such as “near beach.” The coworking spaces themselves will charge some fees.
Digital Nomad Tools for Healthy Habits
Working as a digital nomad is awesome, but you may need to spend some time on establishing healthy habits.
If you create your own hours and work on your own, it can be easy to either get so caught up in work that you never take a break… or become easily distracted from your job.
Do you have a million things to do? Worried you might forget something?
Wunderlist is here to help. Use it to create your ultimate to-do list.
It also helps you manage projects by keeping a running list of tasks that need to be completed, as well as which team member is responsible for each task.
Sometimes working alone and from your computer can lead to distractions. It’s all too easy to click over to Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.
SelfControl is a productivity app that lets you block certain websites for a set amount of time. Select the websites you want to block and set the timer. Then you can focus on your work!
Take A Break Please
As a digital nomad, it can be easy to become too engrossed in work and caught up in deadlines.
Take A Break Please tells you when to take a break. You set the timer for your timed breaks, and when a break starts, the app will dim your computer screen so that you’re forced to step away.
If you’re tired of busy work or simply don’t have time for it, use Fancy Hands to help.
This program gives you access to personal assistance services.
Sign into the app or website and submit a request for assistance to Fancy Hands’s team of real-life, U.S.-based assistants. They can help you with just about everything, even if you aren’t in America!
Do you need someone to hire you a car, find you the best deals on flights home or organize your email inbox? Get in touch with Fancy Hands.
Cost: The app itself is free to download. Depending on which plan you choose, you’ll pay between $29.99 and $199.99 per month.
Toggl is a great app if you work and get paid by the hour. It allows you to easily track the time you’ve worked.
It can be synced with multiple devices and generate reports of time worked.
Digital Nomad Tools for Storage
Whether you’re an independent worker or work with a team, it’s important to be able to easily store your work and share it with your coworkers… wherever they may be.
Google Drive is one of the most preferred methods of storing and sharing documents.
As part of Google’s G Suite cloud apps, it makes collaborating and communicating simple. You can go from your Gmail to Google Docs to Google Drive without worrying about a document’s compatibility and shareability.
The platform is easy to operate and keeps everything organized and at your fingertips.
Another great tool for storage and sharing is Dropbox.
Dropbox is the go-to tool for businesses and teams who need to easily share a large number of files and documents. This is a nice alternative to Google Drive if your team doesn’t operate within Google’s office suite features.
Cost: Try Dropbox free for 30 days. After that, you’ll pay between $12.50 and $20 per month, depending on your plan.
Digital Nomad Tools for Project Management and Collaboration
In many cases as a digital nomad, you’ll find yourself working as part of a larger global team.
Project management and collaboration are two key components of completing your tasks successfully.
Evernote is a life saver. It keeps track of everything. From project deadlines, to to-do lists, to meetings and idea lists, this app has you covered.
You can use it on a personal level or use the business plan to keep your team on the same page.
Cost: Ranging from free (Basic) up to $14.99 per month (Business).
Trello is a must-have tool if you work with a team. It keeps the whole team on task and shows you exactly what everyone is working on in real time.
First, create a task sheet for the project.
Then create workflow lists, such as “To-do,” “Doing” and “Done.”
For each task, you can include a checklist, due dates and notes. When an item is being worked on, move it to the “Doing” list, which keeps everyone involved in the project up to date. When a task is complete, strike it through or move it to the “Done” list.
It can be challenging to coordinate multiple schedules when setting up meetings. Doodle makes it simple.
Using this app, you can chart out availability and ask invitees to select the times that work best for them.
Cost: There’s a 14-day free trial, then it’s $10-15 per month, depending on your plan.
Slack is a collaboration platform. It includes chatting and conference call features so that you can easily communicate with members of your team.
Additionally, it has a file sharing feature. Working remotely has never been this simple!
Cost: Depending on your plan, it ranges from free to $12.50 per month.
Digital Nomad Tools for Specialized Fields
Most digital nomads fall into a few categories of work: copywriting and editorial work, project management and software development.
Here are some tools that cater to these professions:
For software developers, GitHub is the place to be.
The site helps you communicate with software developers and collaborate on coding projects. You can upload completed projects and share them with clients.
Cost: Depending on your needs, pricing runs from free to $21.
If you work in design or need to create a product, InVision is the tool for you.
This is a leading platform in the field of digital product design. The site lets you create a product and discuss it with your team all within the app.
Whether you’re looking for new clients or in need of some employees, Upwork is the website to visit.
This company connects employers with top freelancers in all types of industries, including writers and editors, software developers and virtual assistants.
If you’re searching for work, you can apply for jobs on the site and set your own hourly wage. If you need to hire workers, post your job on Upwork and wait for applications.
Cost: Prices vary drastically based on what your needs are. Check out the detailed pricing page here.
Armed with these tools, you can up your digital nomad game and compete in the digital workforce.
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