How many of you today still use a telephone for calls between clients and for business? I no longer use my telephone!
I use both skype (www.skype.com) and msn messenger (http://get.live.com/messenger/overview), see my ids below. I use these in my day-to-day work as a Virtual Assistant.
I now would not be able to do my job without them, as they are such an important business tool for my business.
MSN Messenger: I tend to use as a way to stay in touch with my friends and family in the UK and Australia.
I use skype as my main business telephone, it is so easy to skype the companies I work for in Australia then to pick up a telephone and have to ring them. The cost of the call to Australia would be very high, with skype our phone calls are free. If my clients are not available to talk, I simple leave a message and when they go back into skype they receive that message and send me a text message back, I always explain to my clients here, that I will send a message to Australia and ring them when I get a reply, they are so surprised when I ring them back in about 10 minutes or so with an answer from my clients all that way in Australia. It does help that I know the time difference between our countries so know, when to contact them.
Using skype enables me to work with clients overseas as my calls and text messages are free. With skype I can network worldwide. More and more business worldwide are moving to using this type of communication than using telephones. It is much quicker and easier to ring pc to pc and it is free.
You can even pass files/documents very quickly via file transfer to your clients.
Jobs are now being advertised for Virtual Assistants, asking for skype experience.
With skype (http://www.skype.com/intl/en/welcomeback/
you can get a paid version and a free version, with
MSN Messenger (http://get.live.com/messenger/overview) there is only a free version available.
Both these two software packages are becoming a necessity in Today’s business for Virtual Assistants.
Written by Alison Fourie
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