How Video Conferencing Supports The 5 Types Of Freelancers

Over the shoulder view of casual-looking man working on laptop in a reclined position on cushion outdoorsFreelancing might seem a little daunting at first. If you’re new, you probably have a handful of questions, including: What kind of freelancing do I want to get into? Where do I start? What’s the best video conferencing for freelancers? Or, if you’re a current freelancer, may you want some insight on how to gain more clients, or put your career into perspective.

Whichever way you go, or how you want to show up professionally, here are the 5 basic types of freelancers and how you can use free video conferencing to ramp up your business, further your reach and make a lasting impression on clients!… Read more →

John Warren with

John Wareen is palying saxophone in his studio from 1955 to 2021Our business here at iotum is technology for communication, and last Wednesday one of our favourite communicators passed away, John Warren.

John was with FreeConference since its beginning at the turn of the millennium. iotum became steward of a decade ago when we acquired the brand and added some fantastic new people to our crew. He retired from iotum in 2017, so for twenty years he built up the world’s first and most-loved Free Conference Calling service. He saw it begin, grow and transform from a voice-only, telephone-based service into the video calling, screen sharing, recording and collaboration SaaS you know and love today. … Read more →

17 Businesses You Can Start From Home Using Video Conferencing

Young woman cutting tomatoes and teaching cooking class in stylish kitchen in front of opened laptopLiving through a pandemic has been tough on everyone. From small town folk to big city people around the world, in some way, we’ve all been touched by a new way of life. Maybe you sought out video conferencing for a new way to work from home. Or maybe you jumped on the video chat bandwagon to stay in touch with older relatives and start a new tradition of socializing virtually.

But did you know you can build a business online too – from home? With just a few hundred dollars, a bit of video conferencing expertise and the right platform that sets you up for success, you can start making money from your computer.… Read more →

How To Plan A Virtual Social Gathering

Four happy people, standing, laughing and having a party while video chatting with others using a tabletA virtual social gathering, if you haven’t been to one already, is as close to the real thing but instead, is hosted online using a video conferencing platform. Use the following tips and advice to help you get set up for fun events within your company, circle of friends or family gatherings. All it takes is a couple of invitations, a few mouse clicks and the use of optimized features for you to jump onto a call and start socializing with anyone from anywhere at any time!

Here are a few questions to help you get planning:

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What Is Online Project Management?

View of 1-1 conversation between woman talking with open laptop and gesticulating, and man listening intently in communal work spaceManaging a project online requires a variety of digital tools to help lift your project off the ground. Whether you’re using online project management software, a video conferencing platform or both, you can keep better track of everything from conception to delivery using digital tools that streamline communication.

Let’s take a look at how a video conferencing platform enhances the quality of online project management.

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How Does A Virtual Event Work?

Side view of woman at desk looking down writing in notebook in front of laptop with phone in stand and ring light onFor a successful, high-impact virtual event, you’re going to have to put in some time planning and organizing. In fact, you’re going to want to treat it the same way you would any other in-person event. But don’t let that weigh you down. With video conferencing solutions at your fingertips, plus all the features you need to engage, present and create dynamic meetings, you can pull off a successful virtual event painlessly.… Read more →

How Do You Close A Sales Call?

Side view of employee smiling and in mid-conversation, seated at desktop computer in office space with headphones, looking to the rightAs part of a sales team, you know just how critical a sales call is. Especially now that we’ve moved everything online, a video conferencing sales call has to work extra hard at making a good first impression. Here’s the good news: With a few tips and tricks by your side, you can easily navigate a virtual environment to make a connection, flawlessly sell your product and gain the trust of clients.

Read on for a few ways to shine online using video conferencing:

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What Are The 5 Stages Of Project Management?

Overhead view desk with a page of charts and metrics, a sticky note, one hand writing in a notebook and the other hand using a laptopGetting a project off the ground requires a system of processes and talented individuals to get the work done. In basic terms, it’s no simple feat!

Relying on video conferencing to collaborate with multiple teams and individuals requires organization and efficient project management implementation across various offices, departments and chains of command. Cohesion, communication and centralization are key factors. Whoever you’re dealing with, be that a stakeholder, client or employee, there are many moving parts to take into consideration from conception to delivery.… Read more →

What Are Virtual Field Trips?

Overhead view of an opened laptop with passport, camera, and sunglasses laying on map with a finger pointing to specific locationVirtual field trips have been around even before the worldwide pause on travel. Keep in mind too that while the idea of a “field trip” sounds like something for middle schoolers, when made virtual, it can be for students and learners of all ages; teens, parents, grandparents, and adults too! Anyone who is learning can benefit from an online excursion.

It’s with the use of video conferencing technology that learners from anywhere in the world can go on a trip from their living room or classroom. Imagine being able to jump inside a volcano or dig deep into the earth to excavate precious gems. This is only the beginning of what’s available to explore.… Read more →

How Much Talking Should You Do On A Sales Call?

Man using smartphone to snap photos of product, pair of black and white shoes, showcased on cardboard boxes before shippingAs a salesperson working in an online environment and using video conferencing, your role is to win over prospective clients and retain customers. By showcasing your product or service to take your audience on a journey highlighting the features, benefits, problems, and solutions, you can close deals and gain a bigger following.

Here’s the thing though; In both B2B and B2C, it’s normal for a salesperson to feel pressured to “fit” everything into a pitch. With so many moving parts that “have” to be included in a sales call, remote sales presentation, or product demo, it’s easy to do too much talking and not enough listening.… Read more →