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How Can Skype Help Your Business?

written by: Lucinda Watrous•edited by: Linda Richter•updated: 6/7/2010

Skype is a wonderful tool that when put the right use can greatly assist business communication. If you want to find out more about using Skype to assist business communication, continue reading.

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    How Can Skype Help?

    Skype assists business communication through simplifying the means of inner-office communications, simplifying national and even international communications, and making these connections possible with less financial impact than other common business communication services.

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    Simplifiying Communications

    from Rocket000 on Wikimedia For instance, Skype simplifies business communications because it allows everyone in the business to use the same platform. With everyone using the same platform, all you need to do is add new employees to a master list, and distribute this list to your employees accordingly. They can then choose who to add to their Skype lists, and are available for inner-office communications with ease.

    If your business needs to communicate with another business or a client outside of your local area, both you and the other party can connect via Skype for free. You can even add a video conference, so that you can have the convenience of face-to-face communication, without the hassle of physically being face-to-face.

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    Saving Your Business Money

    You’ll save money by reducing the cost of your telephone bill when you use Skype. If you have to call a customer, you can use Skype to call a regular phone number for a low fee each month. You could get a Skype-Out telephone number for each of your business employees to use for international calls at a much lower rate than traditional services. Of course, if you do not have international business, it would not apply, but it’s a good option to be aware of.

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    Increase Productivity

    Your office will likely become more productive when you can have everyone sign on to Skype and join a conference call, rather than calling everyone in a room to host a meeting. This is especially a nice feature if your company employees telecommuters, or deals with independent contractors working out of their home.

    Regardless of the business you run, and the location you run your business from, Skype can assist your communications in many ways. Because there is no charge to sign up for Skype, it’s easy to download and install, and includes the benefit of free Skype to Skype communications - it is definitely easy to suggest this method of communications to all the people your business touches each day.