When you’re starting a business, you can’t just sit around waiting for the phone to ring; you have important things to get done! But you also can’t afford to miss incoming calls from potential customers, investors, or the people you’re working with. Here are several ways Skype can be a valuable business tool:
1. Keeping Costs Down
Landlines and cellular services are often expensive. Most small businesses don’t even have to have a landline if they use a VoIP service like Skype, and you can even use Skype accounts to stay connected to your employees. Skype is typically far less expensive than having to pony up for cell phones for your staff and business partners.
2. Collaborating on Projects
When starting out, many small business owners are still working another job or have family responsibilities. This, plus the fact that you spend so much time out generating business, means that you can’t always stop what you’re doing to collaborate with your team on projects. Skype is ideal in this situation because it offers video and audio solutions to collaborate on-the-go.
3. Sharing Office Documents
Skype allows you to share Office files with another caller, such as your Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, and PowerPoint presentations. This can also be much more secure than emailing documents back and forth. Additionally, it helps with document version control, which is making sure that everyone is working on the latest version of any particular document.
4. Holding Meetings
Startups have to have a lot of meetings because they are continually having to make decisions about the mission, accepting investors or taking out loans, building up inventory, and much more. With Skype, you can hold meetings anytime, anywhere, even if one of the partners is in another country.
5. Managing Remote Workers
Many startups depend on contractors and freelancers for positions that they can’t afford to fill with full-time workers. Skype helps these small businesses keep up with those remote workers and telecommuters while keeping security at a premium.
6. Screen Sharing
Maybe you’re designing a new system, or perhaps you’re working on a system you aren’t familiar with. You will need to be able to share screenshots with your tech guru or with another worker so that you can both see what’s going on. Skype makes it easy to share what’s on your screen so that you don’t have to take off, drive to the person who does your tech support, and waste hours on something that could take a couple of minutes to resolve.
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