I am trying to work from home, but I must admit that I am missing the technology and resources that I became accustomed to having when I worked in an office. The following is a sponsored post (not my words) about teleconferencing with a couple of links to a company that provides services that have historically only been available to larger companies – not one and two man shops. There are some great points in here!
Teleconferencing is used the world over as an efficient and cost effective business tool to ensure the smooth running of everyday operations. It is undoubtedly one of the best ways to keep in close contact with clients and employees who are based around the country or, indeed, the world. While it is mostly utilised by large multinational corporations today, its power and convenience is often underestimated by many small to medium enterprises around the world.
Making a conference call does not have to be exclusive to big businesses – it can improve operations for a business of any kind and size. One of the biggest advantages of conference calling is the cost cutting it can bring to your business. It doesn’t matter how big or how small your business is, everybody tries to cut costs wherever they can.
There are companies out there that specialise in providing conference call services to all kinds of business and, what’s more, many of them even offer a free service. Skype, for example, is perfect for saving money on long distance calls. If every participant in the conference uses Skype, then it is completely free. Some companies only charge the cost of the local call, so expenditure is kept to a minimum.
In terms of geography, not many small to medium businesses have employees based all around the country, but they do often have clients that are based too far away for face-to-face meetings. For this reason, conference calling is perfect for such businesses. First of all, the practice, as we’ve already covered, saves money. Secondly, it saves a great deal of time. Scheduling a conference call means that clients don’t have to take the time to travel to meetings, which obviously means that you will take up a much shorter slot in their busy schedules.
This will be convenient for both you and the client, which is also likely to strengthen the business relationship between you. Obviously, it goes without saying that face-to-face meetings are often necessary, but conference calls are the best alternative if they are not. Even when it comes to small business employees based in the same area, holding a conference is the quickest and easiest way of communicating a plan or having a brainstorming session. Essentially, it will save you time because you won’t have to wait around for latecomers and your employees will probably approve because it means that they won’t have to even get up from their desk!