Pages in topic:   [1 2] >
Poll: Do you think that Skype is a must for your business communications?
Thread poster: ProZ.com Staff
ProZ.com Staff
Local time: 17:36
SITE STAFF
Jul 15, 2011

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you think that Skype is a must for your business communications?".

View the poll results »



Direct link Reply with quote
 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 02:36
Member (2003)
Danish to English
+ ...
No Jul 15, 2011

I use it for private phone calls, but have so far done fine without it for business purposes.

I generally prefer to use mails, but there are occasions when a phone call is useful to clear up an issue fast. Skype is then cheaper than the other options, but if it is also more complicated, then I am not particularly interested!


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Vadim Kadyrov  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 03:36
Member (2011)
English to Russian
+ ...
Since the most of my clients are in other countries, Jul 15, 2011

I use Skype to communicate with them. Moreover, I was quite surprised that only 15% consider that Skype is a must for a translator today. I thought that figure would be 65% at least.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 21:36
English to Portuguese
+ ...
It has become a must Jul 15, 2011

Having clients, teammates, and friends scattered worldwide, it's an excellent way for instant communication, either by IM or voice. Now and then I use it as a (much cheaper) payphone as well, but most of the time it's completely free, so there is no reason for not having it. Meanwhile MSN means a heavy drain on hardware resources, so I've never had it. Most likely they'll soon merge into one.

Another advantage is that people know beforehand when I'm available to communicate, something a standard phone cannot do.


Direct link Reply with quote
 
Miroslav Jeftic  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:36
English to Serbian
+ ...
Nope Jul 15, 2011

Vadim Kadyrov wrote:

I use Skype to communicate with them. Moreover, I was quite surprised that only 15% consider that Skype is a must for a translator today. I thought that figure would be 65% at least.


Why should it be? Same as Christine said, I use it for private phone calls and that's it.

José Henrique Lamensdorf wrote:

Meanwhile MSN means a heavy drain on hardware resources, so I've never had it. Most likely they'll soon merge into one.


MSN shouldn't be a heavy drain on any today's configuration, I'm using it for over 10 years and don't remember it was ever a drain, not even on the weakest configurations.

[Edited at 2011-07-15 14:15 GMT]


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Jessica Noyes  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:36
Spanish to English
+ ...
Immediate Access Jul 15, 2011

My software doesn't alert me when there is new e-mail message. When working I try to discipline myself to check e-mail hourly (only). People who work with me know that if they need a quick answer they need to use the Skype chat function.
I also post my availability as part of my status, so any of my contacts can take a look and see if I might be available at the time they need me.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 02:36
Member (2008)
English to Italian
NO Jul 15, 2011

No it is not a must, just a help, which is definitely not "extremely necessary"

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 02:36
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
Sort of... Jul 15, 2011

It has - not yet - become a "must", however, Skype can come in quite handy in case something needs to be quickly clarified with the client. It is, undoubtedly, a very fast means of cummunication.

Most of the persons on my Skype are clients, and communication has been much easier and quicker than via email. Perhaps also due to the amount of emails received by the clients, or those I receive, for that matter. Although my email provider alerts me upon the arrival of new emails, there are times when the incoming emails are too many to quickly "flip" through them, especially when I am busy with a project.

[Edited at 2011-07-15 14:29 GMT]


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Hilary Davies Shelby
United States
Local time: 19:36
German to English
No Jul 15, 2011

I'm one of those people who put "No". I don't use it for work, and very rarely use it privately. If I'm at my desk, I'm working, so I set my Skype status as "Unavailable". This prevents well-meaning friends from trying to engage me in chats, but doesn't help clients at all. So I just communicate via email or regular phone (I have free international calling) instead.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 19:36
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
+ ...
No Jul 15, 2011

It may be useful but there are several tools with the same goal, even Messenger helps to transmit voice.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

David Turnbull
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:36
Italian to English
Can be useful but also a distraction Jul 15, 2011

I find being online on Skype a bit like having the office door open: people will always stop by for a chat. Nice as this is, I prefer to get on with work and if someone really wants to get hold of me they can ring me up or fix to speak with me at a certain time on Skype.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 02:36
Member (2006)
German to English
A must, no Jul 15, 2011

but I tend to keep in touch with other translators using it and I also transfer larger files via Skype for speed and convenience

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:36
Member (2009)
Spanish to English
Not at all Jul 15, 2011

With so many different ways to communicate, I can't see how one particular method can become a "must", with the exception of e-mail of course which is needed to send the actual files for translation. Personally I use a combination of email, telephone, Skype, MSN messenger, the Gmail chat feature, text messaging and occasionally postal mail. None of them except email are absolutely essential.

[Edited at 2011-07-15 17:12 GMT]


Direct link Reply with quote
 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 02:36
Spanish to English
+ ...
No Jul 15, 2011

... no no no no.

Skype is for me to make cheaper calls to friends and family than is possible with the phone companies, and also to chat or swap files with colleagues.
Clients are best kept at arms' length, or else they pop up every 2 minutes with queries, revisions, quibbles, etc etc...
They pester me enough as it is, especially now we're in summer and many of the agencies' regular translators are on holiday.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

vixen  Identity Verified
Greece
Local time: 03:36
Member (2002)
English to Dutch
+ ...
No Jul 15, 2011

I, too, use Skype to talk to friends and relatives, either through free Skype calls or cheap calls to landlines. If clients want to reach me, they can either use e-mail (I usually respond immediately or within the hour) or phone me in urgent cases. I prefer e-mail, because it is less intrusive. Like Hilary, I usually have my Skype status set to 'Unavailable'.

Direct link Reply with quote
 
Pages in topic:   [1 2] >


To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:

Moderator(s) of this forum
Jared Tabor[Call to this topic]

You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

Poll: Do you think that Skype is a must for your business communications?

Advanced search






Anycount & Translation Office 3000
Translation Office 3000

Translation Office 3000 is an advanced accounting tool for freelance translators and small agencies. TO3000 easily and seamlessly integrates with the business life of professional freelance translators.

More info »
LSP.expert
You’re a freelance translator? LSP.expert helps you manage your daily translation jobs. It’s easy, fast and secure.

How about you start tracking translation jobs and sending invoices in minutes? You can also manage your clients and generate reports about your business activities. So you always keep a clear view on your planning, AND you get a free 30 day trial period!

More info »



Forums
  • All of ProZ.com
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search