At WHYPAY? we believe that effective business tools shouldn’t cost the Earth, which is why we set out to make the best free conferencing service out there. This got us thinking: if you can get conference calls for no cost, what other great services can you get for free? That is why we have scoured the web to find the best free services to help your business and to bring them to you weekly.
The first in the series is one of the great success stories and one of the most recognisable names on the internet, Dropbox.
Never be without your files
One of the cornerstones of any successful business is information and documentation sharing. Making sure that everyone has access to everything they need at their fingertips is just the first step of the journey. It’s also essential that information can be updated by the right people as soon as possible no matter where they are.
Conference callshave a huge amount of potential and utility, and can be an ideal solution in many different circumstances. Winter is one of these, as it is a time when both weather and festivities can make going into work difficult and unappealing. With teleconferencing you can remove the need to battle treacherous conditions to attend a meeting.
During the winter months, the weather can become bitterly cold – particularly in some areas. This then makes the thought of a long commute to a business meeting extremely unpleasant for all participants. In severe conditions, it can be even more than unpleasant, it can become impossible to travel. Public transport gets disrupted and cancelled, roads have to be closed, cars can be very dangerous to drive.
With all the troubles in the world, no business can be solely about making money. We all have to do our little bit to try and make things better, and one area that often – deservedly – receives a lot of attention is trying to tackle environmental issues. This is particularly relevant and beneficial because so many businesses do so often add to rather than help combat climate change.
One way that is becoming increasingly popular among businesses, and individuals too, is carbon offsetting. This is essentially where companies can pay for the carbon emissions they cause to be neutralised, by offsetting them elsewhere. For example, if somebody had to take a flight to a meeting, they would use an offsetting website to calculate how much carbon that flight had added to the atmosphere, and pay for a project designed to reduce future emissions, for example by distributing low-energy lightbulbs to towns in Chile. There are also products available which include carbon offsetting in their price, which means you don’t even have to opt-in to neutralise your impact, it is done from the moment of purchase, or possibly even production.
There are so many smartphone and desktop applications out there that it can be easy to find your devices completely cluttered up with tools that you rarely use. Many of today’s apps are designed to make life easier and more efficient for us in some way, and a significant proportion of them are geared towards working professionals. But are any of these apps really going to make your job easier?
Well yes, some of them certainly can, because they address very real problems in the work place, like keeping all your notes and ideas organised. But it can be hard to know which apps are reliable and useful without trying them first. It’s also important to realise that any application requires time and attention before you’ll get anything out of it, and this is something that many people struggle with.
For some people, marketing has developed a bad name. We have grown used to and tired of many of the intrusive pop-ups and colourful banners flashing above the information we had actually searched for. In many cases, such marketing techniques barely get a second glance. We now live in a world where there are a hundred providers of the same product or service, and each is using marketing to tell you why they are the best or the cheapest. It’s no wonder there are now so many reviewers who’s mission it is to separate the good from the average by testing products themselves and giving the buyer an “objective” opinion.
Anybody familiar with a commute to work – or, in fact, any use of public transport – knows only too well that no matter how unpleasant it may normally seem, it can always get worse. It can get hot. Many commuters rely on crammed, stuffy trains filled with people so impatient and frustrated they practically radiate their own heat. And while using public transport is good for our planet, travelling on a hot train is far from the ideal way to spend the short-lived summer we experience in the UK. Not that cars are much better either, sitting in standstill traffic with the sun beating down on you and baking you in your own vehicle…nobody wants it.
In today’s money-driven environment, you might not believe that there’s a service which allows you to make conference calls from your mobile phone without having a charge appear on your monthly bill. But WHYPAY? is a service that can offer just that – free conference calls that are included in the minutes package you get with your mobile network.
Improving your business doesn’t always have to be difficult, complicated, or require you to spend money. Some business improvements can be made completely FREE of charge, often by harnessing new technologies to make working easier in various ways. Check out our round-up of the top 5 free business tools that you should be using if you’re not already. They’re all designed to make your work-life easier, and anything that does that free of charge has got to be a good thing, right?
In our modern day, successfully running a business without using a conference call service would be extremely difficult. But why should making use of this crucial business tool deplete your business’s funds? Incurring huge bills from your conference calling is an issue that can be easily resolved – you just need to find a service providing genuinely free conference calls.
Conference calling is happening in all areas of life, and is not just reserved for the business world. Think about it; whatever it is you do, you can probably benefit from using a conference call every now and then to improve communication around your job, passion or hobby. But this shouldn’t mean you have to spend a great deal of money to keep in the loop. In fact, conference calls can be placed at absolutely no charge – as long as you know which conference call bridge to use.
Some companies claim to offer free teleconferencing, and then slip hidden costs in anywhere possible. Users of these so called “free” conferencing services can find themselves confused after receiving a large phone bill, all because they were using a premium rate number to dial in (see our article on how to avoid these tricks). If you see that the dial-in to a conference call uses premium rate numbers, you can expect to incur costs, and possibly very high ones.