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The best apps and tools for digital nomads

With the advancement in today’s technology, work-from-home jobs are increasing. What this means is that the traditional job of sitting at a desk and working in one set location is decreasing with time, giving rise to new and developed work-from-anywhere digital nomads.

As a matter of fact, 53 million Americans, or thirty-four percent of the workforce, are freelancers, and the number is expected to increase to forty percent by 2020. So imagine how many individuals will be traveling, shopping, having lunch outings, and driving on the road instead of working behind a desk.

These digital nomads who appear to have wonderful freedom are actually working hard, just not in a permanent office. They just have the opportunity to work from anywhere and anytime with the convenient assistance of various websites, add-ons, and apps. Here are ten such websites and apps that are allowing these lucky digital nomads to perform their professional duties from anywhere and at any time.

Workfrom

A challenge for freelancers or other work-from-home individuals is finding an appropriate and worker-friendly place to work that provides WiFi, power outlets, and essential space. Workfrom takes this challenge away with its feature of finding and sharing the best coffee shops and bars in the area to work from.

Best of all, it does not only provide places to work from in the United States, but in other parts of the world as well. This is especially convenient if you are traveling to another country like Europe.

Toggl

togglThis particular time management software is excellent for freelancers and teams when it comes to real-time tracking. With Toggl, you will have the ability to keep track of project progress, deadlines, and see how your colleagues are coming along.

In addition, if you are a freelancer with many clients, Toggl gives you the ability to organize your time by projects and mark them as billable once finished.

Trello

Working from home may sometimes become disorganized with the variety of projects that need to be completed by a certain deadline. This is where Trello, a web-based project management application, comes handy.

Ideal for individuals as well as for teamwork, this app provides boards, lists, and cards that enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun and interesting way. Trello provides basic free services with a choice to take advantage of its advanced features for a fee.

Evernote

EvernoteAs a remote worker, you have the ability to work from home one day and travel the next, which means that you need a strategy to remember all of your important dates and notes. Evernote can assist you with its feature of taking notes, saving appointments, contacts, assignments, and tasks, and makes it all accessible anywhere you go.

To top it all off, notes can either be in digital, analog, or audio format. There is a choice between the free version or the paid version with advanced features.

World Time Buddy

There’s always the option of checking out various simple ‘world clock’ websites to determine the exact time anywhere in the world. However, World Time Buddy is much more advanced, and is suited even for more adventurous travelers.

Let’s say you’re taking a long route across the sea with no land in sight for days – this app will help you to navigate more precisely, and define the exact time while passing through different time zones. It works as a world clock, time zone converter, meeting scheduler, and has many more useful features for digital nomads.

NomadList

Don’t think that all remote workers and freelancers are always satisfied with where they live. Maybe the place where they currently live is not the best for working as a remote professional, so they are looking to move to that perfect location.

NomadList provides the service of finding the best cities to live and work remotely. This precise app provides the capability of tracking information about the weather, cost of living, local customs, and safety statistics for making working and traveling easier.

Conclusion

Being a work-from-home professional can prove to be very tedious with many tasks and deadlines it entails. In addition, being stuck in one place while working can turn out to be counterproductive. This is why many employees who work from home turn into digital nomads. However, being a successful digital nomad requires planning, self-discipline and excellent time management skills. You also need the right tools. The apps covered in this article will definitely come handy and make your job and life easier.


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— John Porter

John Porter is a Southampton-based freelance writer, poor snooker player and a tech head especially interested in mobile apps and gadgets.


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