Freelancers, solopreneurs, and microbusiness owners would benefit from having a business number through Skype. The popularity of the application has grown for several reasons, and with Microsoft’s recent acquisition of the company, we see a lot of possibility for Skype’s future.
As a solopreneur, here are five reasons you should consider Skype to meet your communication needs.
It’s Mostly Free
Sure you’ll have to pay a small fee before you can access Skype’s premium features, but the application offers a lot even if you never pay a dime. For instance, you can call other Skype users for free or chat online with your clients. You can conduct online calls with multiple people at once or have a video conference with just one user.
Upgrade your package for a small monthly fee and you can add more users to your video chat, call landline or cell phones, make international calls, setup voicemail and so much more.
Getting Started Is Simple
No technical savvy is needed to master Skype. That’s saying a lot for an application that does so much. You’ll need to sign up for a Skype ID, or use your existing MSN ID, and the application will more or less do everything else for you. By far the best feature for beginners is the Skype test call that you can use to play around, adjust your microphone and speakers, and learn the interface.
Take It Anywhere You Go
This current era is defined by the mobility of its generation. Smartphones, tablets and similar devices are developed with the mobile user in mind. It’s the same principle with Skype. As long as you access to the internet, you’ll have your Skype account within easy reach of your laptop, smartphone or tablet.
A small monthly fee will give you a Skype number that you can use for business. That number can be used as a backup for clients to reach you if your phone gets lost, or your battery runs dead. You can also forward the number to your smartphone while on the go.
More Reliable Than Your Smartphone
Really? Yes, it is! The quality of VoIP calls has improved drastically. The dropped calls and poor audio are a thing of the past if you have a robust and stable broadband connection. If, for some reason, your call quality drops, an automated Skype operator will notify everyone on the call of the danger of a dropped call. Skype is also using call feedback as a way to improve the quality of the service.
With this type of commitment to detail, where would you take your chances when you have to make an important call to your client?
Excellent Call Quality
Skype delivers crisp, clear calls almost 100% of the time. Even more important is that the quality of the call is not affected if you use the built-in microphone on your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
If you’re making calls from a desktop, you’ll need to purchase and connect a microphone. Any inexpensive microphone will do, but if you would like to improve the quality of the call get one with mid-range capabilities.
Steve Brown made the switch to voice over IP years ago. Skype is just one of the services that he uses regularly. To find out about some other great solutions that he’s found and rated, see what he has to say on uSwitch.com.