How Skype can Help your Business
For smaller business owners, saving money is one of the top priorities. This, of course, means that sometimes owners choose to utilise email as opposed to calling their contacts, to save on their money phone bill. However, it is important to still maintain all crucial business processes such as getting in touch with suppliers & clients. All of these, as you may know, could mean a very expensive phone bill, especially if you are calling people abroad.
This is where Skype comes in, this is because as you may or may not know, Skype is one of the best online meeting tools around, with nearly 30 million worldwide users. If you work for, or own a small business and are looking for an online meeting tool or an inexpensive way to stay in touch, you should definitely give Skype a go. So, with all that said I will now explain to you how you can use Skype to benefit your business.
Price – If you plan to use Skype just for calling other Skype users, then its free – you can even have a small online meeting. Skype also lets you video conference with another person using their free plan. The only slight drawback to Skype is that you can’t have a larger video conference on the free plan, as you can only hold a video call with one user at a time. There are no monthly fees to pay unless you pay for the monthly plan. Even better news for Skype users is that if you invite people you would usually call often to join Skype, you will save a further amount of money on that phone bill.
Ease of Use – Skype, as you may know, is very easy to install, setup and begin using. It has a really user-friendly interface that anyone, regardless of their level of tech knowledge, will be able to learn quickly. Adding new contacts, sending instant messages and placing calls can all be done with just the click of a button. It is also very easy to know if Skype was set up correctly, why? Well, Skype has a test call number that the user can call to ensure that everything is in working order.
It is where you are – With a number of Skype versions available, you can use it anywhere, from virtually any device you can think of. Whether it be an office PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, you can have Skype with you and make free or cheap phone calls from absolutely anywhere in the world. This is especially handy if you need to be out and about often for your job, as you can still hold your regular calls from wherever you are via Skype, as long as you are connected to the internet. There’s absolutely no need to postpone calls just because you are away from your desk. This, of course, is a huge benefit for small businesses as there usually isn’t a large number of staff available to take or make important calls at all times.
Reliability – In the early days of VoIP, call quality was absolutely horrendous, as you may or may not remember, calls were often dropped. This kind of technology wasn’t an option for businesses as not only was it very annoying to have calls drop ALL THE TIME! But it was unprofessional to choose such bad quality services. However, VoIP has come on leaps and bounds since the early days, in my own opinion we are now in the golden age of VoIP. As long as you have a stable internet connection (very easy to have these days), you can expect your call to be ridiculously high quality and clear and crisp. Furthermore, just to add to the improvements, Skype will now warn the users before the call is dropped if there is a bad internet connection.
Call Quality – As I started to touch on in my previous point, it’s important to choose services that are of high quality – this is where Skype really sets itself apart from any other VoIP. Calls both to other Skype users and landlines are crystal clear, so long as the caller has a good headset with a high-quality microphone. Calls to landline and cell phones get connected quickly and don’t usually suffer from problems such as echoing or words getting cut off. For the most part, it’s as if users are talking to someone just next to them. And what’s better than that for establishing strong and long-lasting business relationships?
So, that was why you can use Skype in order to help your business rapidly increase its sales. So, what do you think is Skype the best tool for contacting clients, or is there a better way?
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