With all of the social media outlets out there (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Digg) there is one tool that many entrepreneurs glance over: Skype. Skype is a free software that allows anybody to communicate from any part of the world with the click of a mouse. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
Well, it’s not. And if you’re an entrepreneur with a tight budget and the need to communicate with vendors, clients, customers, or mentors, Skype may be the best way to do it. So what does Skype have that a simple phone can’t provide? A lot, actually.
- Add-on Applications: Skype has a plethora of developers making great add-on applications to enhance your business-call experience. From audio recording to user-friendly voicemail, Skype makes it easy to connect.
- TalkAndWrite: If you use Skype regularly, you may want to look into TalkAndWrite; a collaborative service that allows people who work with a whiteboard-style app. During conference calls you can erase, draw, scribble or type important information while talking.
- Save Your Convo: Skype can record your calls with the Prettymay Voice Plugin made by Windows. You can record all incoming and outgoing calls and save them as mp3 or wav files.
- Voicemail Activation: Skype provides a free voicemail setup. Users can purchase Prettymay Voice Plugin, Call Recorder, or Pamela to enhance their Skype standard voicemails for separate greetings among different callers.
- Call Center: Skype offers a call center right at the tip of your fingers. Incoming calls are limited to 30, but that is more than enough for most freelancers and small business owners. You can record the calls, transfer the calls between agents and support interactive voice response.
- Adjust Your Camera: You may not have a state-of-the-art web cam in your office, but you can definitely look sharp by using iGlasses. iGlasses adjusts your webcam’s video setting-the colors, brightness, even the zoom.
So if it’s time to look professional, save some money, and connect with others, look no further than the free software, Skype. Connect face-to-face with important decision makers or even with your family while you’re traveling. Whatever your reason for Skyping may be, remember, that it will surely help your business to fly high.
Written by Allison Way. Allison is a writer and videographer for Think Big Partners and bizperc, two of Kansas City’s newest entrepreneurial resources. To read more of Allison’s work, check out the Think Big Kansas City blog as well as her articles on Helium, BrooWaha, eZine and Newsvine.