Working remotely, I spend a lot of time on my laptop using different tools. While I love the predictable Adobe products like Illustrator and Photoshop and do use them every day, these are the other tools I recommend every remote worker, digital nomad and freelancer uses.
I can guarantee using a mix of these tools will speed up how you work and make your life a bit easier.
I love Figma. I use it for a lot more than just web design and UX. From planning social media instagram grids, to creating social media posts, collaborating with clients on designs and a lot more, it’s the one tool I don’t think I could go without using every day as a Freelance Web Designer.
The very best part? It’s free. Well, up until a certain point. But if you’re a freelancer or individual the free plan is perfect.
Figma connects everyone in the design process so teams can deliver better products, faster. You can check out Figma here.
I am a recent Notion convert, but it’s completely changed the way that I work and organise my life. I’m self admittedly a OCD kinda human, and having everything sorted in it’s correct place makes a world of difference to my day.
I need to know everything is in its place and Notion helps massively with this. Having one workspace for everything, as well as somewhere to house my WIP, strategies and plans makes my brain relax. You can find more about Notion here.
3. WhatsApp Business
I’ve been trying really hard to balance my work and personal life lately. Previously I’d been using my personal WhatsApp with clients and for work. So I never really stopped thinking about work, responding, or just sending one more thing.
It’s really not healthy and was something I actively needed to work on. Setting up a WhatsApp Business account I’ve been able to split my personal and work chats so I can focus on one or the other.
Every single one of my clients was ok with this, and having work in a seperate area really helps me to find that balance we all need! You can find out more about WhatsApp Business here.
Ok, so this one makes a lot of sense. But I’ve said it before and I will 100% say it again, but I hate anything to do with tax or finance. It’s not my forte, and something I will never enjoy.
However. I like to use Xero. AFter my accountant set it up, I’ve figured out how to use it for my business, from doing invoices, quotes, budget and cashflow to making tax time a lot easier, I couldn’t live without it.
If you’re doing any of these things manually, I’d really encourage you to try using Xero or another accounting software. Especially if you hate anything to do with numbers like me. You can check out Xero here.
Music makes me very happy. Having a playlist in the background while focusing, or working on something I’m stuck on really helps. I’m big into curating playlists and from my upbeat indie bangers to my Karen Mode Activated playlist (It’s great, check it out here) for those moments I really need to get things done, Spotify is responsible for a lot of my most productive moments.
I don’t need to share the link to Spotify, but I will anyway on the odd chance somebody doesn’t use it here.
Did I miss some? Maybe. I use a lot of tech daily, but these for right now are my favourites.