While updating my resume, I realized it’s nearly impossible to cram everything into one page. Especially the technical skills or the ability to answer questions about the hardware and software I use for remote work.
Most job listings requires the ability to use their preferred software to perform a specific job function. For example, some clients & employers use Asana or Trello or similar software for project management.
What My Remote Work Environment Looks Like
Let’s start with my remote desk.
I set this up every day no matter where I am. It’s fairly minimal but efficient. The biggest benefit is being able to set up anywhere there’s a WIFI connection.
It really boils down to hardware and software.
Everything else can be classified more of an accessory or gear. Such accessory or gear will not be included in the list. One such example would be a printer or a scanner which is more of an accessory than hardware.
If it’s an essential accessory or gear, it’s included in the list.
Remote Desk Hardware
- Early-2015 MacBook Pro Retina
- iPhone 7
- Flash Memory Card
- Western Digital External Hard Drive
What about noise-canceling headphones?
You will notice some digital nomads and remote workers include a noise-cancelling headphones as part of their gear or hardware. While I view this more of an accessory than hardware, I do recognize the value of having these headphones. It’s proven that we can better focus on our tasks when we filter out unwanted noise.
In some situations, I use apps like Pzizz or Focus@Will to block out external noises. If I want to block out all noises or require absolute silence, I simply turn off my hearing aids.
Backup, backup, backup.
The nice thing about the 2015 MacBooks is that have a slot for flash memory cards. These memory cards allows for easy backup and offline transfers. It’s a lot easier to use than the bulky external hard drives that needs to be plugged in to the laptop.
However, I do have an external HD which serves as my archival backup system.
Remote Desk Software
Only the relevant software I use for remote work will be listed here. Most of these software are cloud apps which allows for offline and online work.
Some of these apps are required to accommodate my clients and employers preferred software needs. For example, most prefer either Google Suite or Microsoft Office.
- Office suites:
- Apple (Keynotes, Numbers, Pages)
- Google (Docs, Sheets, Slides)
- Microsoft (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
- Desktop App – Monosnap
- Browser Extension – Fireshot
- Reading- Kindle
- VPN: ExpressVPN
- Time-tracking: Toggl
- Workflow: Trello, Workflowly
- Text editor – Atom, TextEdit
- Team communications – Slack
- PDF editor – Adobe Acrobat Pro
- Email – Apple Mail, Google Gmail
- Web page library – Feedly, Pocket
- Password management – LastPass
- Laptop maintenance – CleanMyMac
- Automated cloud backup – BackBlaze
- Video Relay Application – Convo Relay
- Local server environment – ServerPress
- Internet browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Safari
- Journaling & Notes – Day One, Apple Notes
- Cloud storage – Apple iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive
- Internet communcations – FaceTime, Messages, Skype, WhatsApp, Zoom
What about smartphone apps?
The list includes all of the cross-platform, cloud-based apps that are found on the remote software list. There are a few additional apps as well which do not have a desktop version that are not listed.
Toby Osborn provided the inspiration for this post by sharing the hardware and software they use.