Digital nomad community – tools to help you work remotely

If 2020 has taught us anything (let’s be honest, it’s taught us a lot) it’s that remote working is more feasible than many companies would have led us to believe. So it’s about time you build your remote working tool kit and join the digital nomad community.

Digital nomad jobs are no longer synonymous with just the travel blogger. Digital nomads today come from all fields employment. Some global companies are feeding the digital nomad trend in a number of ways, as everyone from big corporations to independent start ups are starting to see the benefits of a work force working from home. 

That means, the location independent job can have its time in the sun. Quite literally.

Which means that where you choose to call home is up to you.

A digital nomad at work. Photo Credit: Austin Distel
A digital nomad at work. Photo Credit: Austin Distel

Freelance and remote workers are on the the rise and many who fall into this category are doing it while they travel. Travelling while you work is no easy feat, however. It’s certainly not all sun beds and cocktails as it may sometimes appear, but more finding the best team collaboration tools, co-ordinating visas, hustling hard, and of course – finding the free wifi and co-working spaces.

Contemporary Class co-founder and editor, Katie Silcox, has been working as part of the digital nomad community for the last year and a half. In this article, she shares some of the remote working tools that make it possible.

Remote working tools to help the digital nomad community:

Part of the digital nomad community working from the beach
Part of the digital nomad community working from the beach

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DIGITAL NOMAD TOOLS: NO. 1 – COWORKING CENTRE

The dream might be to work pool-side, or even to work from home in your pyjamas. But many freelance, remote workers will tell you that this is not all it’s cracked up to be. Remote working can be lonely; in fact many remote workers have battled with depression, as a direct result of limited human interaction and a lack of boundaries between the workplace and the home. Coworking centres, or collaborative workspaces, have cropped up all over the world and offer a solution to this; most of them offer strong wifi, fellow remote workers to interact with, and importantly – free coffee. We love WeWork and Impact Hub coworking, but many cities boast fantastic locally run, independent collaborative workspaces too. Check out what’s around you, wherever you are in the world.

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DIGITAL NOMAD TOOLS: NO. 2 – CO-LIVING SPACES

We’ve all heard of WeWork, but have you heard of WeLive? Located in NYC and brought to you by the former, this is a space for digital nomads to bed down amongst like-minded people. If you’re on the move often, consider trying out this, or somewhere similar. It’s comforting to know that wherever you’re putting your head down for the night, the people sharing your living space will understand you and your lifestyle. Other well-known co-living spaces include Common and Outside.

DIGITAL NOMAD TOOLS: NO. 3 – FREE CO-LIVING SPACES (YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT!)

A recent trend is co living spaces offering free accommodation (particularly as they launch). Often sold as a chance to show you their space with no incentive to promote the space, but instead just to enjoy it. Of course, a high percentage of the people staying will either inadvertently showcase the space via social media posts, or actively via blog and review posts. But, if you’re doing digital nomadism on a budget, keep an eye out for such offers, often advertised via social media channels.  

DIGITAL NOMAD TOOLS: NO.4 – DIGITAL NOMAD VISAS

Estonia has gone as far as to offer Digital Nomad visas, which we think is a fantastic idea, not least because applying for and being granted visas is often a huge stress on the travelling worker. The visa allows a digital nomad to stay and work from the country for a year. Estonia was the first country to implement this, but others are looking to do the same. Neighbouring country, Lithuania is actively working on a digital nomad visa, as is Malaysia. Watch this space for more.

DIGITAL NOMAD TOOLS: NO 5 – ONLINE REMOTE WORKING TOOLS AND RESOURCES

Email is old news. Today there are far more helpful team communication tools for remote colleagues. We recommend Slack for communicating with peers, Asana, Trello or Monday for project management (solo or collectively with a team in varied locations), Zoom for hosting global video conferences, and GoogleDocs for sharing important documents remotely. 

Another incredibly handy resource is the ‘fill & sign’ tool in Adobe PDF. Perfect when companies require a signature on their invoices, and it will help ensure no late payments. 

A digital nomad working from the beach
A digital nomad working from the beach

DIGITAL NOMAD TOOLS: NO.6 – FACEBOOK SUPPORT GROUPS 

For the digital nomad, there are Facebook groups in their thousands. Almost each and every country you visit will have a Facebook group dedicated to the digital nomads living in it. Not to mention thousands more specific interest groups. Here’s one that operates globally – but research and find groups relevant to you, your lifestyle, the country and city you’re located in, and the interests you may share.


DIGITAL NOMAD TOOLS: NO. 7 – FREELANCER’S NEWSLETTERS

Many freelancers are sending out newsletters specific to their niche. Some act as an information point, some as a sense of community, and others share up-to-date job bulletins. Here’s an excellent freelance newsletter by Anna Codrea-Rado, but again, this is about researching your areas of interest and finding the right one – or more – for you.

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