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Business tools

Freshbooks (FREE TRIAL) – The ultimate digital nomad tool. My life would be a complete mess without Freshbooks cloud accounting software. I love that I can do invoicing, payments, time tracking, and expenses tracking all in one place. PLUS: I save a ton of money in fees with access to the elusive “PayPal Business” payment option (only with Freshbooks!) that charges a FLAT $.50 FEE. Start your 30-day free trial and get organized.

Freshbooks software for freelancers
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The Orange Circle Studio Do It All planner – I’m not big on online project management tools but I love keeping track of deadlines on paper. This planner is different from all the other ones I saw when I was shopping because it spreads the week out laterally instead of stacking days on top of each other or only offering a monthly view.

Inside planner for freelancers

Mental health

Talkspace – I use Talkspace’s text therapy service to talk with a licensed therapist at any time of the day, any day I want. I’ve been using Talkspace for over 7 months and feel my therapist has been instrumental in helping me get out of rough patches when I struggle with depression and anxiety symptoms. Check out my full Talkspace review for more details.

Talkspace text therapy logo

Couchsurfing – I love CS for staving off loneliness by connecting with locals while traveling solo. Just make sure you establish ground rules for yourself to stay safe and comfortable whilst surfing. For example, I’ll only stay with female hosts while traveling alone.

Blogging

SiteGround web hosting – SiteGround is incredible for web hosting. I started with their StartUp plan but soon upgraded to a GrowBig account so I could host multiple domains. Their customer service is literally the best customer service I have encountered with any company ever. If you’re starting a blog and looking for the best host, I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Make by The Theme Foundry – The Theme Foundry offer this amazingly customizable drag-and-drop WordPress theme for free. I use the premium version but the free one has a ton of options, especially for a free theme.

Themeforest – You can find great blog themes here with some digging. I find these options are sometimes better than Make because the themes are speedier (better for SEO!) and simpler if you don’t feel like fussing around with the design a ton.

Coco Creative web design – My friend Rachel is a WordPress web designer who can help you if you’re looking to create a more customized theme. P.S. She’s also an avid traveler!

How to Start a Blog – I wrote up this post for newbie bloggers looking to get started. I go through how to pick a domain, set up self-hosting, connect to WordPress, and more.

Canva – If, like me, you don’t have the Adobe Creative Suite, Canva is your answer to all things graphic design. I make all of my Pinterest pins there, and use it for media kits, infographics, and even one-page resumes. The site is generally free unless you want certain upgrades.

 

FREE 5-day WordPress Master Class – Learn how to build a website for your business with this free five-day class. Every day you’ll receive a video in which Shannon walks you through step-by-step how to set up your site from zero to hero. You’ll use the same blog theme I use (Make), but the free version.

Facebook Blogging Groups – I belong to a few Facebook groups in which bloggers and online entrepreneurs promote each other’s content by sharing blog or social media links. I recommend Grow Your Blog for blogs of any niche and Travel Blog Support for travel bloggers specifically. There are a lot more groups out there like this if you search around.

Flickr – Flickr provides 1 terabyte of space on their cloud for FREE. I upload all of my photos to albums on Flickr instead of keeping them on my hard drive to preserve my limited computer space for other files and processes.

Buffer Social Media Manager – I use the free version of Buffer to manage my Twitter account. It’s a great way to shorten Twitter links (I shorten mine to bit.ly’s), schedule tweets, and see which tweets perform better than others. The free version is limited of course so you might even want their paid one.

Boardbooster (FREE TRIAL) – I use Boardbooster to manage my Pinterest. It has helped me grow my followers and I love the automation. Try it for FREE and if you like it, the membership is only $5 a month.


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