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The Complete Digital Nomad Toolbox

Being a freelancer is tough. Being a freelancer while traveling around the world is even harder.

Finding the right software for a specific task can make the traveling developer’s life that much easier. However, testing these softwares to find the perfect match can be frustrating and take up a lot of valuable time. I’ve created a list of the best resources I regularly use to make my life as a Travel Developer that much easier.


Customer Relationship Management — Insightly

Project Management — Trello(personal), Asana(team), Zenhub(developers)

Calendar — Fantastical 2

Proposals — Prospero, Proppy, Proposify, Sketch (design your own)

Automate Tasks — IFTTT, Zapier

FileStorage — Dropbox, Google Drive

Team Communication — Slack

Task Management — Wunderlist

Email — Mixmax

Passwords — 1Password (mac), LastPass (pc)


Blogging — Medium (duh)

Social Media Posts — Buffer

Social Media Designs — Canva


File Compression — CompressNow

Site Speed — Pingdom, Google PageSpeed

Coding Questions — Stack Overflow

Hiring Other Freelancers — Upwork

Source Control — Github, SourceTree

Analytics — Google, Mixpanel

Time Tracking — Toggl


Online Payments — Stripe

Accounting — Wave, Quickbooks

Expenses — Expensify

Invoicing — Bonsai, Wave, Quickbooks,

Contracts/Legal — Bonsai


Design — Sketch

Prototyping — Invision

Icons — NounProject

Portfolio — Dribbble, Behance

Colors — Coolors

Free Pictures — Freepik, Unsplash

Fonts — Google Fonts, Dafont

Logo (other outsourced designs) — 99designs

The key to success as a freelance entrepreneur is cultivating the love and passion you put into your area of expertise(design, development, etc.), and applying that detailed, hard work into every aspect of your business.

To find out more about how I work as a Digital Nomad you can start my course for free at

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If you want to learn how to become a digital nomad and escape the rat race, check out my free guide called: “Digital Nomad Guide to Working Anywhere in the World (2017 Edition)”.

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Originally published at on May 16, 2016.




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