For many nomads, digital marketing is one of the best ways to earn money while traveling. You basically need a good computer and WI-FI and you are set. From advertising to design to copywriting, there are literally dozens of opportunities available.
Below is a list of websites, apps and tools that we have found beneficial in our digital marketing journey. We hope that they will be of some help to you as well.
Remember, you do not necessarily need to be an expert at any one thing. You simply need to be better at something than the majority of people. Or appear better. These sites can help.
Canva is a fantastic site that allows you to edit and re-size images for free. They have stock images you can choose from or you can upload your own images. The interface is very intuitive and easy-to-use. For nomads without much experience working with images, Canva is a great tool for small jobs.
Canva is particularly handy for creating and editing images for social media ads. They have templated posts you can use with the correct dimensions already selected. Canva also allows you to insert logos and text onto pictures easily, should you want to make an image look a bit more professional. We used Canva to insert our logo onto the “Guide to Better Travel” article. It took three minutes.
The best part? It, for the most part, is FREE.
Unsplash is an awesome site that allows you to download free HD images. The images are cool and high-quality.
Looking for high-resolution images for a new website? Unsplash. Looking for high-resolution images for an ad you are creating? Unsplash.
Several of the images used on the KnowMadLab site were pulled from Unsplash.
Coverr is a really cool site that allows you to download video backgrounds to be used on websites. Simply search for the type of video you are looking for, download the Coverr that you like and upload it into your site.
Don’t have the money to hire a professional videographer??
WeVideo is a site for editing videos taken on a phone. It is completely free to use. One of the videos on our site was shot using a phone and edited on WeVideo.
Find yourself a bit long-winded with your writing? Hemingway is a free app that helps you to simplify your writing and clearly make your points. Hemingway highlights lengthy, complex sentences and shows you where you can “cut the fat” from your writing so that your core message shines through. This is a fantastic resource for any writer, blogger or copywriter.
Tool used to shorten URL’s. This is a great tool for social media adverts. You can insert a link into your ad copy without taking up two lines of text.
Get Emoji is a site where you can copy and paste emoji images into text, video text, social media posts and sales copy. For all you copywriters out there looking to test different styles of copy, this is a great tool to use. Completely free.
Word Swag is a really cool app that allows you to edit pictures taken on a smartphone. It is simple, easy-to-use and has some really incredible features. For anyone working as a social media manager, WordSwag can be a lifesaver. It can be downloaded for IOS or Android devices for a one-time fee of $4.
Logojoy is a website that will make quick, simple logos for as little as $20. For small start-ups looking to get a professional looking logo done quickly, these logos can be a great start until you get off the ground.
The interface is completely run on AI, so you will select parameters for what words, images etc.. you want in your logo and then scroll through the options that the site generates.
Logomakr is a site where you can make free logos. You are able to choose from more than 1,000,000 stock graphics and logo images, royalty-free. The site is easy-to-use, but will take a little playing around before you get familiar with the interface.
Here is an example of a logo one of our nomads created using Logomakr:
Scribd is a site where you can sign up for unlimited access to audio and video books. But, what is not known to most is that you can also use Scribd to host informational PDFs (How to Guides, The 5 Keys of… etc..) as well as e-books. In addition to downloading some fantastic books from the site, the KnowMad Lab team has used Scribd to host our informational toolkits and guides.
Screencast-o-matic is a screen recording service. Their software allows you to take videos of your screen. This is a fantastic tool for communicating with clients or prospective clients. We use it for weekly check-ins and proposals to new clients. We have also used this to record instructional videos for our No Agencies Needed course.
The basic plan for this service starts at about $18 annually.
Similar to Screencast-o-Matic, Screenmailer is another free service that allows you to record and send screenshare videos.
Wave is a free accounting software system. You can use it to create invoices, manage receipts and track expenses. This is an incredibly handy tool for freelancers and small start-ups that do not have the time or money to bring in a full-time accountant. Use Wave to keep your books and when tax-time comes, you can print different spreadsheets to send to your accountant.
Wave Receipt App
Wave also has a free app that you can use to manage our receipts. You can take pictures of your receipts, document your expense and automatically upload the receipt into your expense report on the Wave site. Very convenient way to stop worrying about receipts.