There is so much talk about ‘digital nomads’ floating around at the moment. The notion that you can be a free spirit, travel the world, grow your business and make loads of money has captured the spirits of many workers across the globe. The freelance economy in the UK has ‘grown by 25% since 2009’ and has an estimated £109 billion turnover a year, and there are no signs of it slowing.
But going it alone is not as easy as some digital nomads make it seem. You have to be supremely disciplined, organised whilst still being flexible with your plans to make it work. The good news is that there are now a slew of companies that have popped up to serve freelance and nomadic workers. We’ve put together a handy list of the best resources and tools that you can use to make your freelance life a whole lot easier!
This is a must-use for anyone who has to work across different time zones. It quickly removes any guesswork about what the time is – anywhere in the world, relative to where you are. If you’ve ever tried to schedule a call you know how much of a time saver this tool will be!
When you are on the move you need to make sure you are super organised with everything including your time, clients, work, travel and accommodation. Juggling everything can be a right pain the you-know-where, but with Wunderlist you can say goodbye to the stress! Wunderlist is a really good organiser that you can use to keep on track with all your tasks, but more than this it allows you to share your lists with others and work collaboratively through the app.
Technically this is not an app for working, but trust me this is one you’ll be using a lot if you move travel frequently. Use Beanhunter to find the best place to grab a coffee with nice vibes. Considering most of us have at some point worked from a coffee shop, this can be a lifesaver for finding somewhere that will give you a superb coffee fix and has good wifi – it’s a win-win!
We’re big fans of Teleport and it’s not difficult to see why. Teleport lets you find the best place to live and work based on various factors that you set. It’s a great way to find new places to explore, and even if you are just trying it out, it’s fun to use!
Not sure where you can work from next? Maybe you are bored of going to the same places, (after all, you’re supposed to be free to roam)? Well Workfrom is your friend. It’s a great resource curated by other nomad workers who share their own hidden gems and work-friendly spaces in various cities and towns across the globe. The best thing about this app is that there is a real sense of community and you can even sign up and meet others, and possibly even make some new friends or deals while you’re at it!
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