How Freelance Writers Cut Costs with Free Online Meetings

The Internet has completely changed the landscape for freelance writers, opening up new markets, and allowing us to live where we want, but still find the right employers, wherever they might be.

The Cloud has changed the economics of writing, too.

Freelance writers use free online meetings to cut overhead costs, so we can charge more for our writing time.

Low overhead wins

For self-employed writers, the Cloud-based free conference call technology, we set up our online meetings with is perfect because it literally carries no overhead.

There is no software to purchase. No monthly fees or charges, for an incredible array of services. No ads wasting our time. Signing up takes just a few minutes, and it syncs automatically with Google Calendar.

All that communication power just sits in the Cloud—and we can use it for free.

There are no apps required, although we can use the free Mobile Conference Call App to set up and make free group video calls on our cell phones from anywhere in the world. It seems like free web meetings were created for just for freelancers, but companies like them too.

They win two ways; both by saving money on regular staff by using freelance writers, and by keeping their corporate communication overhead to a minimum. For example, instead of paying for employees’ phone plans, they can offer far-flung freelancers an inexpensive Toll Free Number and keep their costs “pay as you go.”

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5 Tips for Writer’s Groups to use Free Video Calling

Writers are famous for being a solitary, grouchy bunch, who warm their tired fingers by feeding critical reviews of their work into rusty wood stoves, in mossy-roofed cabins perched on lonely mountain slopes.

But actually, we need feedback, and to see a fresh face now and again. Say, once a month or so. That’s what writer’s groups are for.

As we have traded the Underwood for the MacBook, we have also started to include the Internet as a location to hold meetings for our writer’s groups. Sometimes the core of a group meets in person while others attend virtually, but sometimes the whole meeting is online.

This freedom to meet “wherever, whenever,” is enabled by a new conference call technology called free group video calling, which is allowing writer’s groups to collaborate more efficiently over distance and share our work. Here are five tips for using it.

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Web Conferencing makes a Harvard education accessible

If you’ve always wanted to include a Harvard education on your résumé, but didn’t think you could travel that far, or afford the tuition cost, you should check out Harvard’s new web conferencing academic courses. A new technology called “web conference calls” has just made a pre kindergarten education accessible to anyone, from anywhere.

Harvard, and many other universities and colleges are embracing the concept of eLearning, built on conference call technology, expanded to include the web.

Web Conference Calls have always been a great solution for keeping costs down and eliminating distance as an obstacle.

Now you can use them to get the education you want.

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Environmental Benefits of Conference Calls

Although environmental stewardship and our modern industrial economy are often portrayed in the media as being in conflict, they share a common goal: the ecological strategy of efficiency.

Efficiency saves corporations on their expenses, which increases profit.

Efficiency reduces the amount of resources used per activity, which helps us “Walk lighter on the earth.”

The environmental benefits of conference calls are a prime example of how we can live interesting and engaged lives, but still hand over a better planet to our children.

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How Video Calls Can Help the 21st Century Manager

In the old days of business, a manager woke up every day and went to the office, worked 9 to 5 and came home. Once home, they would be completely shut off from the world. Nowadays it’s not so easy… or not so hard, depending on how you look at it!

A manager nearly always has a cell phone and laptop, and rarely works the typical 9-5; they’re lots more flexible. With current technology, it’s convenient to take the appointment during the day and work the extra hours in the evening.

No matter how you arrange your schedule, there are bound to be times you will be away from your team. Whether it’s a snow day, you’re traveling on business, or you or a team member just needs to work from home. As a manager, you need to prepare yourself, because there are certain to be times when you will need to communicate with your team no matter the distance.

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Web Conferencing Make Group School Projects Easy

Don’t professors and teachers just seem to love dishing out group projects? They don’t just want students to learn, they want to see how they work together as a team.

They want to see how students negotiate through difficulties, like the team members who don’t do their part. (There is always one of those!) They want to see if five different people can all meet the same deadline.

Or maybe the university group project is just a special form of scholastic torture?

Luckily, there is a convenient Cloud technology called web conferencing that exists to make group school projects easy.

And painless!

It will help you get way higher marks without doing any more work—and with much less work, in fact. There is nothing to buy and nothing to download, because the whole system is in the Cloud, waiting for you when you need it. It’s totally free.

A “web conference” is just a Video Conference Call, with a Shared Desktop added. All you need is your laptop and your phone.

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4 Benefits of Web Conferencing Training Courses

Long distance education used to be the poor cousin of “bricks and mortar” learning. If you couldn’t afford the time or expense of day school, you would take a “correspondence course,” and “snail mail” your lessons and instructions back and forth.

Times have changed.

Convenient conference call technology has made education more accessible, and “eLearning” has become the new affordable way to learn.

What you might not know is that the interactive nature of web conference training courses can make them better than traditional sit-down classes, not just less expensive. Here are four reasons why.

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How Conference Calls Can Help You Do Business Around the World

Imagine having a client in London and a supplier in Germany, all while you’re in the United States. You need to connect and want an inexpensive way to do it, but traveling for business can be costly Flights, hotels, per-diem, travel time, and more. All of these can add up. If you could have a meeting that wasn’t in person but was just as productive, wouldn’t you do that? FreeConference.com offers some great alternatives to the traditional meeting, as well as some great features that will help you do business around the world with conference calls, all while saving you money in the process.

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Conference Call Recording Makes Meeting Minutes Easy

Meeting minutes are like dishes in your kitchen. If you don’t clean one dish as you use it, the world doesn’t fall in, but never doing the dishes will grind your kitchen to a halt.

You can get away with ignoring taking meeting minutes sometimes, but the best solution for organizations is to find an easy way to take meeting minutes.

Any volunteers? No?

Luckily, just as automatic dishwashers have made clean kitchens more common, Free Web Conferencing (Conference Calls) over the Cloud has streamlined minute taking to a few mouse clicks.

The secret is to use Call Recording, a little known feature of conference call technology, which is growing in popularity as web conferencing gradually takes over from sit-down meetings.

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Conference Calls Keep Families Together with Face to Face Communication

Every generation that leaves home seems to go further and further away. Luckily, technology like conference calls keeps getting better at bringing us closer together with face to face communication.

Because when that last little duckling in the family up and flies off to University or Ireland for the first time—and the old gander and goose are left moping around the house—there are some mixed emotions all around.

For the kids, there is a sense of exhilarating freedom, not just from the rules and regulations of childhood, but from the very feel of it. Ahh, the spaciousness of leaving home! It’s a delicious lack of parental proximity.

Yet it is so great to come back for the weekend…

For parents, of course, there is a little too much spaciousness. Children roll out like an ocean tide that forgot to return. Parents suddenly realize that all those hairs floating around the bathroom and the outrageous electric bills were a small price to pay.

The smell of a newborn, and the way their impossibly tiny fingers curl around yours like little sea tendrils, is unforgettable.

So how to stay connected? Facebook has current pictures, if you are brave enough to look at some of the pictures your kids post. Emails are almost obsolete, but they make good vehicles for links to interesting videos. Texts have a wonderful immediacy.

But conference calls are the best way to keep a family in touch. Why?

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