Why Every Freelancer Needs Skype

Skype is a useful freelance tool

I regularly follow several other freelance writers. It is a great way to learn some tips and tricks of the trade. While I believe I am the best writer, they do have wisdom that I can learn from. One of these people is a world-renowned writer by the name of Bob Bly. I normally agree with the vast amount of opinions Bob has, but not long ago I received his newsletter and in it he stated that he is against using Skype when dealing with clients.

I disagree Bob

While I do go along with what he said about the client and freelancer not needing to see each other, there are some other benefits that using Skype offers that a cell phone doesn’t. First, it is free.

Yes, if you are working with local clients, the cell phone is probably free too, but I just recently found myself contracted by a client in Capetown, South Africa. The phone calls are not free, and while either of us can probably afford the call, why pay when we have Skype?

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The job I contracted to do for this gentleman is writing a book. Part of that job entails “picking his brain.” It would get costly interviewing him over the phone, and then the other issue is recording the information. While I have a good memory, it is better if everything is recorded. That can be done via Skype.

Yes, every freelancer should utilize Skype. You can download it here.

I also discovered a software that allows you to record Skype calls for free. I discovered it through the great PC website.

You can get that recorder at this website. They also have many other great tools.

Sorry Bob, but I had to disagree this time, but don’t stop sending your newsletters. I enjoy reading your material.


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