Hammocks and Hard Drives: The Tech Guide for Digital Nomads
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If you travel and work online, you’re dependent on technology. Love it or hate it, it’s part of your daily life — without it, you won’t get paid — and yet it’s something that’s barely mentioned when people talk about this lifestyle.
Working from the road comes with a unique set of challenges. The systems, equipment and processes that are perfect in a traditional office environment rarely work well outside of it. Unreliable Internet and no dedicated workplace make productivity a challenge, and the need to fit everything in your luggage severely limits your equipment choices.
Security is a major problem, yet one that’s largely ignored until it’s too late. There’s a big difference between sitting in a cubicle protected by access cards and security guards, and wandering around the streets of a foreign city trying to find a cafe to work in. In the euphoria of finding a wireless network that actually functions, it’s rare to stop and think about the passwords and confidential information that you’re sending across it — and who else might be looking at them.
The risk of equipment failure is much higher on the streets of South East Asia than in an air-conditioned Manhattan office, yet there’s no tech support person backing up your data or ready to come around with a new laptop when yours breaks.
You can’t just walk around to a colleague’s desk when they’re ten thousand miles and nine time zones away. Working together with a business partner or client is much harder when you're on the road, especially if you’re trying to do everything by email.
If you’re like most digital nomads, you’re not a tech guru nor do you want to be. Instead, you’re an expert in your own field — an artist, photographer, writer, engineer or something else entirely. Every hour that’s wasted trying to fix a computer problem is an hour you’d much rather spend doing anything else. You just need things to work, using the right tools for the job and having enough knowledge to get everything done safely, securely and with a minimum of hassle. Technology is simply a means to an end.
I’ve written this book for you.
Whether you’re already a digital nomad or are planning to be, this book provides you with the straightforward, practical tech advice you need to work safely and effectively from anywhere.
I’ll give you the knowledge to choose exactly which equipment you need — and be certain about what you don't. Whether it’s a laptop, phone, hard drive or anything else, you’ll be able to focus on the features that matter on the road, and go beyond the sales people and specifications to make truly informed decisions.
I’ll help you and your data stay secure in highly-insecure environments (including some you probably haven’t thought about). You’ll have the right tools and gear to get faster, cheaper and more reliable Internet connections anywhere in the world — and will know what to do when those connections inevitably stop working.
You’ll save money on phone and data bills, and be able to collaborate effectively with others whether they’re on the other side of the table or the other side of the world. You’ll know exactly how to prevent a tech disaster from destroying your business, and which websites and apps are worth your time and money.
In short, I completely demystify the technology behind life as a digital nomad. By the end of this book, you’ll be armed with the technical knowledge, skills, equipment and tools to run your business from wherever in the world you happen to be.