A digital nomad is someone who works online while using the freedom that grants them in order to travel the world and see the sights. These people aren’t necessarily incredibly wealthy – in fact they often make do on a minimal salary – but the point is that they design their lifestyle in such a way that they don’t even need to be wealthy in order to enjoy experiencing the world and living with the kind of freedom most of us never taste.
The secret to success as a digital nomad then is to be able to work from anywhere and to generate an income from a café with the minimal time and fuss. Apps can help in this aim to a great extent – as they let you quickly perform tasks on a mobile device that will be always connected to the internet, always right in your pocket and rarely short of battery.
If you want to liberate yourself from the shackles of working in the office then, try out these apps to start working faster and more remotely.
An amazing application for Android devices is AndFTP from Lyesoft. AndFTP is an application for your android phone which you can use to download and upload files from a server using FTP. This way, it allows users to manage a blog from anywhere using a smartphone. If you want to quickly edit a page or upload a new image, then this can be a blessing and it can also be handy for storing and transferring files that you want to share between devices. And another advantage? It is free to use.
If you run a blog that’s based on WordPress, then you won’t need to use an FTP most of the time as you’ll have a nice content management system already in place. The official app will bring this content management right to your phone, allowing you to easily send off new blog posts, upload images and even edit your blog’s settings and appearance. If a blog is how you intend to generate cash while travelling, then this app is an absolute God-send.
Complete Linux Installer
You will need Root access to get this one running, but if you’re brave enough to give that a go, then it’s actually an incredibly powerful way to enhance your Android device – by installing the full desktop version of Ubuntu Linux. This will then let you run such programs as Gimp and even Windows virtual machines giving you access to the kind of productivity normally reserved for desktop PCs.
For quickly sharing files between devices, DropBox is an absolute dream. This cloud app is supported by most other major apps meaning you can save pretty much anything to your online folder with a simply press of the ‘share button’, and it also has many additional features that make it useful for working with people across the globe. Seeing as you’re going to be seeing all the sights, this may also come in handy as a way to share photos with family and friends back home!
Speaking of apps that are well supported, Evernote is another app that has become widely accepted as the note-taking app. One of the best features of Evernote for the travelling entrepreneur is the OCR (optical character recognition) that allows you to snap a photo of a hand-scrawled note, and then search for it later as you would search with Google or Yahoo.
IFTTT is a web app, not a mobile app, but you can still access it just the same from a mobile so it’s worth a mention on this list. Essentially this app allows you to set up relationships between your various online services, meaning for instance that you can set your Facebook to share posts with Twitter or your Dropbox to automatically download e-mail attachments. This can automate all kinds of regular tasks which is a fantastic way to make your work more passive so you can spend more time exploring whatever country you’re in/searching for a bus rental to reach your next destination.