Business Tips and Advice

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The complete guide to successful business meetings

Holding meetings is part and parcel of professional life. In almost every industry, there is some element of collaboration, and good communication is an essential pillar of teamwork. While there are lots of business communication tools to keep your team connected, meetings will always be a crucial aspect of business. And yet, though meetings are really the bread and butter of our working lives, they often fill us with dread. They can feel dull, unproductive, time-consuming, and sometimes even hostile.

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Gabi JamesThe complete guide to successful business meetings
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The best startup communication tools that won’t break the bank

Good communication is at the core of every successful project, be it in or out of the business world. But when pulling together all the elements that go into getting a new business off the ground, making sure your team can stay in touch is paramount. At the same time, as a budding business you probably don’t have a big budget to be dedicating to bespoke or hi-tech communication tools. At WHYPAY? we firmly believe that nobody should be having to fork over cash for clear communication. That’s why we provide genuinely free conference calls, why we put together a collection of wonderful ‘Freemium’ services, and why we’ve collated this list of some of the best startup communication tools that won’t cost you a fortune!

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Gabi JamesThe best startup communication tools that won’t break the bank
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Easily schedule conference calls in your calendar software: A quick guide

Conference calls have so many uses that you’re probably taking part in one nearly every day. In fact, you probably have several different teleconferences on the go for different people and purposes. But with WHYPAY?, keeping on top of your teleconferencing commitments is simple and easy. You can easily schedule conference calls in your calendar, and guarantee you’re available and ready whenever a virtual meeting comes up.

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The best podcasts for business owners

Owning a business is exciting, rewarding and, of course, challenging. It’s also unique; other jobs might be high-pressure, high-stakes, high-demand in other ways, but there’s nothing quite like carrying the business on your shoulders. But that doesn’t mean you need to feel alone! While you might not have lots of other business owners in your life (or even if you do), there are great podcasts for business owners filled with relatable anecdotes and valuable advice.

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Gabi JamesThe best podcasts for business owners
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Best free meeting locations

For anyone who does a fair bit of remote working as part of a flexible working routine, or because they travel a fair bit, the value of free meeting locations will be immediately apparent. And people who fit into that category is ever growing: with working life being revolutionised, particularly thanks to remote working becoming an increasingly realistic option, you might not have such a fixed idea of where your ‘place of work’ is these days.

But although you get tonnes done from the comfort of your sofa, there might also be times when you need to cast a slightly more professional aura. That’s why having a list of meeting locations is always a good idea.

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Gabi JamesBest free meeting locations
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Don’t be that guy!

Sadly, we’ve all been there. Despite your budget protestations, there’s that one friend who is really insistent on trying a new swanky Japanese place or that bistro where all the reality TV stars seem to eat. Finally, they manage to twist everybody’s arms. You’ve all tucked into what was probably a delicious meal when the bill arrives. Of course, you knew it was going to be pretty hefty. What you probably didn’t expect was that your friend was going to pass it around, asking everybody for their contribution.

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How much could free conference calling help your business?

Conference calling has become a pretty universal component of conducting day-to-day business in all kinds of different fields. From education and medicine to finance and politics, and even areas which are more typically associated with real, live action like sports and musical concerts.

Really, it isn’t a question of if conference calling is useful to your professional life, but rather of just how useful it can be. And one of the things which could help a lot of businesses in just a matter of seconds is switching to genuinely free conference calls, rather than paying for monthly subscriptions or pricey per-call services. After all, with teleconferences being so beneficial, the expenses can really start piling up. In fact, WHYPAY? saved its customers nearly £1,000,000 just in the month of July by providing totally free teleconferencing. That’s a seriously impressive amount, and there’s very little to stop you from getting a piece of the pie! Simply head to the WHYPAY? homepage and hit the button to create a free telephone conference. You’ll get your very own secure conference call room, along with a secret PIN and room number needed to access it, guaranteeing your calls’ privacy. But how can something so easy (and free!) be so useful?

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Gabi JamesHow much could free conference calling help your business?
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How to prepare for a telephone interview

Summer is often a time for change and new beginnings. For some, it’s a sharper focus on fitness as the hot weather forces us to strip off and allows us to jog around the park without contracting a nasty cold. Often, it’s the time of year when we decide to shed a relationship we have outgrown. And with thousands of people finishing school, college, university and graduate schemes, there’s plenty of professional change happening, too. Even for those who’ve been employed for longer, you might be feeling ready to make a move to guarantee more (or less) sun for the rest of the year – or for countless other reasons.

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Have your cake and meeting

At WHYPAY? we are firm believers in balance. Taking a holistic approach over black-and-white thinking seems to lead to the best results, and a little bit of anything in moderation is good. That’s why we endorse a flexible work schedule which combines remote working with face to face meetings, fuelled with a few morale-boosting eats and treats. From tasty vegan lemon drizzle cake at Tibits to a hearty lunch at Pret a Manger, we don’t shy away from eating while we work. And with the savings you’d make from using WHYPAY? for genuinely free conference calling, you can afford that extra slice of cake and a refilled mug.

Is remote working the right choice?

Before diving into advice on how (and where) to work remotely, it’s worth taking a look over some background information to help you decide whether it’s right for you and your place of work.

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Does customer service really count?

In today’s fast-paced, rough and ready world, do we still care about how we treat one another? Do feelings have any place in the professional world, or should we be shifting our attentions and budgets away from customer services in favour of delivering quantifiable results?

It’s understandable that some companies might consider the latter the most logical approach. Wouldn’t people prefer to quickly receive the product or service than be treated courteously while they wait? Actually, no. And this is a mistake which can have seriously damaging results.

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Gabi JamesDoes customer service really count?