Skype ranks at the very top of the food chain for me when it comes to tech tools. We live in an “I want it now” world,” and I have to admit that I’m right there in the thick of things – but with a busy, growing business, it works for me. I loved Skype when it was just an instant messaging system and you could send messages and call other Skype users for free no matter where they are in the world from your computer, but now … wowie kazowie! I use Skype on a daily basis to keep in touch with my team and with several of my clients. It’s quick and easy when you need an answer right now or just want to pass on a tidbit of information. No having to pick up the phone for a conversation, wait for an email message to arrive or a notification from Basecamp (we’ll talk about that next month!) – just send off a quick message and voila. But not only that, Skype is great for sharing files with team members and clients, for group chatting, video chatting and even sharing my screen with clients and team members (or them sharing their screens with me) – all for free. If messaging just won’t do and I just “have” to speak with a team member or client, I just don my headset, click on the call button and call them – Skype to Skype! However, for a very nominal yearly fee or $2.95 per month, Skype users can call landlines/cell phones from their computers (with voice mail no less!), and they can also purchase Skype Out numbers so people can call them using their own landlines/cell phones, have voice mail, forward their calls, do group video calls, and a host of other things
And for me personally, one of my favorite ways to use Skype is to keep in contact with my son and his wife in Japan. Fly to Japan for a four day visit = $1013.40 … video chats between Ohio and Japan any time I want for free = Priceless!