It can take a lot of different systems, services, and tools to successfully work from anywhere, but the technology available today makes it totally doable and relatively stress-free. (Things have come a long way since I first started out in 2005!)
Here’s as close as I can get to a comprehensive list of all the tools I use to run my businesses no matter where I go.
(Note that links with a * are affiliate links, which means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission or other credit/benefit—and you may also get free credits or access to special deals. There is no extra cost to you, and every little bit helps support Nomadtopia. Tools in italics are ones I’ve used in the past or very occasionally and still recommend but don’t use much right now.)
Task Management: Asana
Password Management: LastPass*
Paper Mail Back Home: My parents (thanks, Mom and Dad!)
Invoicing and Bookkeeping: Xero*
Budgeting: You Need a Budget*
Tax Advice and Preparation: Greenback Expat Tax Services
Banking: Wells Fargo (looking to change this!), Chase credit cards
Signing PDFs and Sending Client Contracts: HelloSign*
VPN: Private Internet Access*
Website Hosting: I’m currently in the process of switching all our domains to FastComet from A Small Orange
Domain Registration: NameSilo*
Site Backups: BackupBuddy
CRM (Customer Relationship Management): Streak* (I just started using this and I’m already in love; it helps me keep track of everyone from potential podcast guests to editing clients)
U.S. Cell Phone Plan: AT&T Prepaid
Productivity: Alfred (Mac keyboard shortcuts, search, etc.), f.lux and Twilight (reduce blue light on screens as night falls), RescueTime (track app usage), Zapier* and IFTTT (for automation and integrations), Toby (to wrangle Chrome tabs)
Time Tracking: OfficeTime
Track Missing Devices: Prey
Checking Wi-Fi Speeds: Speedtest.net
Check out the Resources page for some of the travel-related tools we use, as well as the tools I’ve created to help you live your own Nomadtopia. Learn about all the gadgets and other items I travel with by checking out the Nomadtopia Packing List.
What are your must-have tools for working from anywhere? Share your recommendations in the comments!