keyboard shortcut for setting beg/end work area

Am I missing it somewhere? Also, as others have posted, a way to move objects with drawing selection tool not directly hovering over the line.

only nudging which isn’t the greatest solution in the world.

I’m not sure what you mean by setting beg/end work area

To nudge an element, you can select something, then use the arrow keys. Shift+the arrow keys will nudge in larger increments.