If you’re currently working from home and struggling to get results, then check out these five tools to help photographers work effectively from home.

Slack

Slack is an increasingly popular tool that combines text, video and audio communication into one application.

If you’re working as part of a team it offers great collaboration options, allowing people to be assigned tasks without the need for lengthy email threads.

It allows you to share documents such as PDFs and videos amongst channels so is great for pre-planning shoots

They offer a free package for small businesses which allows you to integrate other applications such as Google Suite and Microsoft Office as well as 1-2-1 voice and video calls between team mates.

Audible

This second spot was a toss up between Spotify and Audible.

For productivities sake, Audible had to win out.

If you’re looking to learn something new or just listen to the latest novel Audible has tonnes of options, whatever your listening choices.

They also have a tonne of podcasts, these are great when you’re doing tasks which don’t need your full attention so if you’re working out or on the commute use that time to top up your education too.

Zoom

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks (which may have been the safest place for you), you will have heard about Zoom.

Zoom offers video conferencing solutions.

So if you’re looking to chat with a potential client face to face or want to organise the next shoot with a group of freelancers Zoom is a great way of bringing everyone together.

The free version allows you to have unlimited 1-2-1 meetings as well as 45 minute long meetings with upto 100 people. So you can invite the whole gang along.

Linkedin

LinkedIn has become the go to social channel for B2B networking.

It’s a great platform if you’re wanting to connect with decision makers.

If you’re new to LinkedIn, they have their own training platform, which is free to use and will have you up and running in no time.

If you’re still not convinced, this infographic by Neil Patel should hopefully convince you.

Buffer

Buffer is a social media management platform.

It allows you to schedule all of your social media posts.

This is great for saving you time, if you find yourself with half a day spare you can schedule the next few months of content and not have to think about it again until you have some more spare time.

It also gives you the option to reply in real time and analyse the performance of your efforts.

The basic option is $15 a month and gives you a single user who can manage 8 social media channels and the option to schedule 100 posts at a time.

These five tools should help you work more effectively from home, is there something which is making your daily routine easier? If so leave a comment below.

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