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Living as a digital nomad and working online while travelling the world simply wouldn’t be possible without technology. 

It’s not always easy, but without certain apps it wouldn’t be half as easy and straightforward as it can be. 

After two years of trial, error and several switch-ups,these are the apps I rely on to continue my nomadic lifestyle. They make working online as simple and effective as possible, meaning I can get my work done from anywhere. 

Let’s jump in and take a look at them… 


Banking and Invoicing apps

Being a digital nomad and working remotely means you need an effective system in place when it comes to finances. 

If I didn’t, I’d miss payments, lose track of my income and potentially lose control of my entire business. Not to mention my accountant would probably fire me.

These are the apps that have made it easy for me to manage the finance side of things while working remotely.


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Tide

The bank I’ve used since I first incorporated, Tide is an entirely digital bank. I spent ages comparing high street banks, but they were all expensive and complicated.

As soon as I heard about Tide (and researched it thoroughly), I knew it was the best option. Not only is Tide an app-first bank, meaning I can access it from anywhere, but the digital nature of it means they understand my needs as a digital nomad.

 

 

 

Best of all, it’s almost entirely free to use. There are no hefty account fees to pay – just a simple 20p charge per transaction. That means you can make 100 transactions a month and it will only cost you £20!

Tide is only available for UK residents right now, but keep scrolling to see my favourite international banking app.

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Invoice Home

For all its benefits, Tide isn’t perfect (is any bank?).

The main drawback of Tide is its very limited invoicing system. I have my retainer clients set up on there, but adding new clients is a pain. Not only do you have to add a new contact before you can invoice them, but you can’t remove their details once the invoice has been sent and paid. That means that, if you have a lot of one-off clients, you end up with a HUGE contact list to scroll through. Ugh.

To get around this, I use a separate invoicing app for such clients. That app is Invoice Home

Invoice Home is completely free and super easy to use. There are plenty of templates to choose from so all you need to do is fill in the details and hit send – and you can do it all from the mobile app. 

Using the mobile app means I can have my client’s details open on my laptop and send the invoice from my phone. Cutting out the need to switch tabs might not sound like a big deal, but it sure saves time when you have 30+ invoices to send!


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Transferwise

Due to the nature of my work, many of my invoices are paid in Euros, AUD or USD (or other currencies!). When this is the case, I usually use Transferwise for receiving payments. 

Transferwise has the best exchange rates I’ve found, sometimes saving me hundreds of pounds on transactions! 

I also use Transferwise when I’m sending payments abroad – again, because the rates and fees are pretty unbeatable.

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Digital nomad apps for working online 

With it being possible to do all kinds of jobs remotely, everybody’s workflow will look a little different. As a travel blogger, photographer and marketer, these are the apps I use daily for work.

Google Sheets

I’ve tried many organisation apps over the years, but I always come back to Google Sheets.

Google Sheets is a surprisingly useful tool, especially as I’m a very visual planner and like to organise my notes in all directions!

 

 

 

I use Google Sheets for everything from planning blog posts and storing my endless ideas to keeping track of accounts and important information.

To keep things simple, I use a new sheet for every project or area of business, and break down topics by tabs. Then, I always know where to look for whatever I need.


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Google Docs

For any writing-related work – or documents that require full sentences – I use Google Docs. This includes blog post drafts I’m working on, my branding documents, client contract templates and a big grab sheet of all the HTML codes I use regularly.

What I really love about Google Docs (and Google Sheets!) is that you can access and edit everything offline. That means I can easily work on everything whether I’m in a cosy co-working space or on a 15-hour flight and know it will all be synced across my devices.


 

Gsuite

Gsuite is a pretty recent addition to my business.

I used to run all my emails through my website host and import them via Gmail, but I recently switched to Gsuite. Now that things have picked up steadily, my business is growing and I need multiple user accounts, Gsuite is an awesome app to have. 

I currently use the basic version, which costs just $6 USD per user per month, and has been well worth it so far!


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Hours Tracker 

I’ll be honest… I’m not always great at using this. But Hours Tracker is by far my favourite app for tracking my time while working. 

You simply enter a task, then ‘clock in’ and ‘clock out’ when you’re working on it. At the end of the day or the week, you can see an overview of exactly where you spend your time.

As you can imagine, it’s a really useful app for keeping tabs on where your work hours go. I tend to use it during busy periods (to keep myself accountable!) or to identify tasks that are worth outsourcing.


 

Trello 

I’ve tried lots of “to do” apps and systems, but the only one that works for me is Trello.

I like that it’s very visual. I like that you can break things down by boards, lists and tasks – and then add notes and checklists to each task. And I like that you can move things around and reorder them easily. I’m a pretty messy planner and that last point means I can focus on getting all my thoughts down on (virtual) paper and deal with the organisation later.

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Adobe Creative Cloud

There are three Adobe programs I use regularly: Premiere Pro, Photoshop and Lightroom. But the latter is the only app I ever use on my phone.

I don’t use the mobile app a lot because I prefer a big screen, but I use Lightroom almost daily. I take as many as 10,000 photos a month, so Lightroom is a pretty essential app for me. 

I also use Adobe Premiere for video editing and Photoshop for YouTube thumbnails and other edits I can’t do with Lightroom alone.

I have them all through a Creative Cloud subscription on Adobe, and it’s a VERY worthwhile monthly investment.

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Marketing apps

Again, every business has different marketing needs. These are the apps I use so I can be sure my content goes out on time… especially when I go off the grid!

Buffer

Buffer is my app of choice for scheduling most social posts. I use it for my Twitter feed, my Facebook page and my Facebook group. I also use it to schedule regular updates and progress reports for the students of my affiliate marketing course.

For a one-off monthly payment, you can schedule unlimited posts across multiple social accounts. Best of all, though, you can easily see your top performing posts and reschedule them.


 

Tailwind

While you can schedule pins through Buffer, I prefer to take a more thorough approach to Pinterest. 

Tailwind is the only app you need to implement a killer Pinterest strategy, and it’s certainly helped me grow my traffic. There are LOADS of features included, but I mainly focus on general scheduling, the SmartLoop function (which republishes your posts automatically) and Tailwind Tribes.

I switched to the Plus plan with an Unlimited Bundle for Tribes, SmartLoop and Submissions. It’s not cheap, but it’s driven massive growth for my blog since I started using it. 

If you’re not ready to splash out yet, you can sign up for as little as $15 per month. Use this link to get a whole month for free – no strings attached!

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GetResponse

The only other marketing I do regularly is my email newsletter, and for that I use GetResponse. When I decided to upgrade from MailChimp, I spent HOURS comparing email marketing providers and made use of many free trials.

In the end, I decided to go with GetReponse because it’s affordable, easy to use and offers lots of extras. You can split your subscribers into lists, send out autoresponders and even create landing pages for sign-ups.

If you want to level up your email game, I highly recommend it. Click here to get a 30-day free trial – no credit card required.

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Jodie Marie Dewberry

Jodie has been travelling the world full time since 2017, sharing the most unique places in the world along with tips for living as a digital nomad. She has worked with a number of prominent travel brands, including airlines, tourism boards, hotels and tour operators.

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