© 2016 Savannah Wishart

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: Links with an * 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!)

P.O. Box and Virtual Address: Traveling Mailbox*

Invoicing and Bookkeeping: Xero

Payment Processing: PayPal, Stripe

Patron Payments: Simple Pay Pro

International Transfers: Xoom*, TransferWise*

Budgeting: You Need a Budget*

Tax Advice and Preparation: Gracefully Expat

Banking: Capital One Spark Business Checking and Savings, Chase credit cards

Email Marketing: ConvertKit*, Mailchimp

Signing PDFs and Sending Client Contracts: DocHubHelloSign*

Sharing Documents: Google Drive, Dropbox*

File Back-ups: SpiderOak, Dropbox*, Backblaze*, Time Machine (Mac only)

Note-Taking, Collecting Information, etc.: Evernote (get a free month of premium*), Airtable*

Scanning: CamScanner*

Editing and Writing: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel

Mind-Mapping: Mindmeister*

VPN: Private Internet Access*

Website Hosting: FastComet*

Domain Registration: NameSilo*

WordPress Themes: Avada, Divi*

Site Backups: BackupBuddy

Membership Sites, Courses: Mighty NetworksS2Member, LearnDash, BuddyPress, bbPress

Selling Online Courses: Gumroad, WooCommerce

Webinars/Video Calls: Zoom*, Crowdcast

Hosting Video/Audio Files: YouTube, Vimeo* (get up to 25% off with that link!), Amazon S3, Dropbox*

Screencasts: Screenflow (Mac only), Loom*

Communication: Skype, Google Voice, What’s AppZoom*, Free Conference Calling

CRM (Customer Relationship Management): Streak*

U.S. Cell Phone Plan: AT&T Prepaid

Hotspot & Data Usage Monitoring: TripMode, My Data Manager

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

Scheduling Appointments: Google Calendar, Acuity Scheduling*, World Time Buddy to sort out time differences, Doodle for scheduling with multiple people

Scheduling/Posting to Social Media: SmarterQueue*, Buffer, Gramblr, Ecamm Live* (FB Live broadcasts)

Surveys/Forms: TypeformWufooGoogle Forms, JotForm

Email Management: Gmail, Boomerang*

Podcasting: Audacity, GarageBand, Libsyn, SkypeEcamm Call Recorder*, Zoom*

Business Cards: Moo (get 10% off your first order*)

Track Missing Devices: Prey

Checking Wi-Fi Speeds: Speedtest.net

Finding Places to Work: WorkfromYelp, LiquidSpace


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!