9 Ways Freelancers Use Pay-Per-Use Conference Calls To Build Their Business

by Conference Call Admin on January 25, 2011

Freelancers have a unique situation and they need unique solutions. As a freelancer, you don’t have the luxury of large travel budgets or other departments with employees to handle each of the roles in your company. While you work with others all the time, you have to do all the marketing, handle customer relations, and keep everything organized, in addition to doing all the work. This is no easy task!

To make everything as easy as possible and keep your workload down, you need to do more with what you have. Pay-per-use conference calls are one of the ways you can do this.

Think calling services are just for meetings? Think again! Here are 9 ways freelancers can do more with their own expertise and conference call services:

1- Meet With Other Professionals

Freelancing can be a very, very, very long, lonely and hard road. You spend 80% of your time with a computer, 10% of your time with your family, and 10% of your time trying to make the first two percentages 50/50. You deal with industry issues, client problems, tough projects, and just trying to keep up. A great way to deal with all this is to share your failures and successes with others. Chances are, you’re not alone.

Get together with other professionals and learn tips, tricks, and industry secrets while improving your business and the services and products you offer.

2- Brainstorm

Get together with others in your industry, in complementary businesses, or both and take time to use pay-per-use conference call services to brainstorm on the issues many of you face. You’d be amazed at the ideas and solutions you can come up with. Then, you can…

3- Collaborate With Others

While it sounds silly, the ideas and solutions you and other professionals come up with can become huge sources of income for all involved. After all, if you’re having these problems, chances are pretty good that others are too. And, if you haven’t found a working solution anywhere, no one else is either.

Create ebooks, new products, start offering additional services, hold a webinar, or think of ways to offer and promote each other’s services and products. In these situations, you all win.

4- Share Your Knowledgebase

Conference call services are a great way to boost your authority, share your knowledge, and have a little fun. In fact, if it’s done correctly, you’ll find this can easily become your most effective and profitable advertising. Do webinars with other experts in your field who’d be interested in generating links and boosting visibility, or cover topics your customers will get a great benefit from and boost your sales and referrals.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have nothing to offer because you do! You just don’t realize that others don’t know everything you do. Stop taking that expertise for granted!

5- Create Your Own Podcast

Even if freelancers have traditional training in your field, they’re mostly self-taught. They still need to keep up with the latest techniques, changes, and industry news. The other issue is that everyone learns differently and has different experiences. Freelancers are also busy, with most working far more than 8 hours a day.

Creating your own podcasts can be a great way to help others, gain visibility, and build authority. It will also help generate website traffic and sales. They don’t have to be long either, even a 30 minute podcast can be enough to get your point across and reap the rewards.  Get a few industry experts together on the phone and record the conference call for a great podcast episode.

6- Conduct Interviews With Other Industry Professionals

You want to learn too! So, if you want to learn from the experts, what better way than to ask them the questions on subjects you’ve always wanted to know more about? Unfortunately, interviews can often get a little lengthy, but by recording the interview and having attendee question and answer sessions will keep it fresh and interactive.

7- Have Transcripts Made From Your Pay-Per-Use Conference Calls

Even short 20-minute conference calls can contain a huge amount of information. If you want to get more out of this information, consider having the call professionally transcribed. From there, you can give it away on your website as a free gift and use it to build email lists, include it in an ebook or training course, break it up and make it into blog posts, host it on sites like Scribd and use it to build links, or compile it with other resources to create additional products.

8- Create a Live Training Course

Having the opportunity to ask questions live and get real-time explanations can be a huge advantage over many of the training courses and how-to ebooks out there. As a freelancer, you can create live courses by combining the ease of conference calling, ebooks, videos, worksheets, and checklists. Once the course is over, you can continue to offer the audio presentation because you’ll have the recorded teleconference call!

9- Speed Up Projects

Email is great, but misunderstandings and waiting for replies can really slow down a project. Instead of trying to nail down the details of your project and explain yourself in text through days and days of email, schedule a quick conference call and get it all done in a fraction of the time. Plus, the ability to connect directly with your customers will earn you huge brownie points!

How do you use pay-per-use conference call services in your freelancing business?

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