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Roaming Without Ruination - Skype

Thursday, November 17, 2011   By Mike Reddy


Running a successful business means learning how to do things more efficiently than your competition.

The traditional 9 to 5 workday is a distant memory for many of us as we conduct our business on the go. One of the strongest strategies (at no cost!) to embrace is using good old Skype, a technology that has been around for a while now and continues to improve.

In case you have been hibernating Skype is an internet based peer to peer communication network. On the most basic level, Skype can be used to make phone calls from computer to computer for free (providing you are both on Skype - and joining is free).

What is known as a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) combined with Skype's free downloadable software can change the way you conduct everyday business. Being on the go is imperative to staying on top of business.

Skype to Skype calls are free - a cost-saving method of communication could not come easier. Simply visit the Skype website and download the free software package. Once the package is installed on your computer, your unique sign in name (also referred to as your 'handle') becomes your calling card. Add people to your contact list and be immediately connected to business associates, customers, and suppliers.

Skype is not like Facebook - it is not a social network and does not require you to create a profile, provide personal information or open you up to a world of social media.

Skype can now be accessed on most smartphone mobile devices. Not only does this improve accessibility issues and create a roaming-capable work life, but it reduces phone costs.

With the Skype application a simple download away, you can make international or local calls for free.

Mike Reddy is a Chartered Accountant, business coach and advisor helping businesses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast to easily increase their profits and cash flow. He is currently President of the North Sydney Chamber of Commerce, a Regional Councillor for Sydney North East and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Sydney leadership team. As well as advising businesses, Mike presents business development seminars and webinars and is regularly contacted by the media to comment on small business matters. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.