Also, if you care to rewind, check out my 2016 and 2017 tips.
Transferwise has always been great, but nearly impossible to get clients to send money through. This is a *massive* game-changer for freelancers trying to receive payment in a major foreign currency. When you enroll (for free), you get EU, UK, US, and AUD bank account details and a debit card with free ATM fees (£200 monthly cap). Let's both make money, use my referral code to sign up.
An excellent (and free!) platform for keeping track of all your finances in one place - savings, checking, investments, retirement, credit cards, the whole schpeel. Great for financially responsible folk, or for those who want to efficiently remind themselves how dire the state of our industry is.
portable WD 4TB drives because you can never be too safe.
Dry Cabinet for Gear
I don't keep my AC on often or when I travel, and for anyone that lives in the tropics knows that the humidity murders gear. I saw how affordable some of the off-brand dry boxes were in Thailand (thanks Lazada), so I scored a $75 Ailite ALT-30L. It's fairly frill-free with a little temperature gauge inside, and does the job. I only wish I had gotten a 50L one that could fit lenses AND my mountain of back up portable drives.
I carry one of these around as a backup in unreliable places (like when the power cuts mid-shoot, as recently experienced). They pack a punch for the size.
I'm doing more video editing now on a basic-model Macbook (yes, I know) but using this app to scan and remove large & junk files on the reg helps keep space cleared.
Emily introduced these to me on a recent job in Nepal, and I'm unreasonably excited to find out these exist.
For a number of reasons, you might find yourself needing to provide proof of an onward flight. This site lets you generate & print a custom one for free (read their suggestions first!)
You probably already use Moo, but if you don't: I've used these for a few years, and they just keep getting better. Also, outstanding customer service. I've ordered both business cards and stickers, and anything I do through Moo is 10/10 for process, price, and quality. Use this link to save $15 on your first order.