I get asked soooo often about which tools and services I use for my location independent business, so I thought I’d put them all together for you here. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I receive a small commission if you decide to buy a service or tool through my link at absolutely no extra cost to you! It’s a win win 😍 And I only recommend things I use myself or have tested out myself!
My absolutely favourite theme of all time is the Divi Theme by Elegant Themes. It’s super easy to use with its own drag-and-drop builder, there are tonnes of tutorials and resources out there because it’s one of the most popular themes AND you can use it on as many websites as you want, even client websites. Check Divi out, I’m sure you’ll love it too!
Zoom is another one of my favourite new tools and it’s where I hold all my meetings, live events and even Facebook Lives now. It’s super reliable, has great connectivity and you can record all your meetings to share or upload them later. It’s so much more than just meeting software, you can even record courses in Zoom.
If you haven’t heard of Zapier yet, be prepared to have your mind blown! Zapier is an automation app that lets you connect over 1000 other tools. This means you can build very clever and creative workflows that help save you time and run your business more smoothly. It makes each one of your other apps and tools more powerful, that’s why it’s definitely worth the investment for me.
SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS
SmarterQueue is my favourite tool for scheduling posts to Facebook and Twitter. It’s just as powerful as Meet Edgar, but costs a fraction of the price. You can re-share evergreen content so that your blog posts get the love they need regularly. Get a free month’s trial by using this link.
Finding accommodation in new destinations is a constant struggle for Digital Nomad Girls. Thankfully, AirBnB connects travellers with locals who are renting rooms, apartments, and houses. It feels more like having a home than staying in a hostel or hotel.
Get €29 in free travel credit when you sign up with this link.
Having solid travel insurance is an absolute must as a Digital Nomad or long term traveller, no matter what country you’re from. World Nomads can protect you in case of medical emergency, but also if you have to fly home to be treated, which could cost tens of thousands otherwise.
World Nomads is available to travellers from over 150 countries and is the most popular digital nomad insurance.
Housesitting is becoming more and more popular among digital nomads, and with good reason. Who doesn’t love to stay in lovely homes for free while looking after adorable furry friends?
Trusted Housesitters is the biggest housesitting marketplace and for only $89 a year you can sit as much as you like.
BANKING & LEGAL
If you’re a freelancer and receive money in US Dollars, Euros, British Pounds, Australian Dollars or Canadian Dollars, Transferwisecould be the perfect solution for you. Not only are their international transfer fees ridiculously low (like seriously, how do they even make a profit?) but they also offer borderless bank accounts that allow you to avoid paying fees for receiving money from international clients. They also offer business accounts.
Use this link to get your first £500 worth of international transfers for free!
If your business is registered in the UK, then definitely check out Tide. It’s a 100% online business bank account with super low fees and a great app. It also connects with Paypal and Stripe, unlike many other online banks, and you get a Mastercard Debit Card to use for business expenses.
Dealing with all the legal stuff around your business can be a real pain, especially if you can’t really afford a lawyer yet. Our very own DNG lawyer Janet Alexandersson has put together a Legal Toolkit for Online Entrepreneurs which contains all the contracts, policies, and other templates you need plus explanations on how to use them. Get 30% off with the code ‘blooming’ here.
COURSES & PROGRAMS
If you’re interested in getting started working as a VA (virtual assistant) then my friend Hannah Dixon has a great course for you, the VA Starter Kit. It teaches you how to set yourself up as a VA, find your skills, find clients and make a good living while being able to travel the world. Her course is super popular and she also runs a free 5-day VA challenge regularly to get you started!
More coming soon!
Have you ever wanted to cross Russia on the trans-Siberian railway? Well, now you can share the experience with a bunch of digital nomads aboard Nomad Train!
Gynopedia is a free resource for sexual, reproductive and women’s health care. It’s a wiki, so anyone can contribute or edit information. You search for a city and Gynopedia provides information related to birth control, emergency contraception, STI tests, gynecologists, abortion clinics and more.