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Conference call or meeting personally – home working for the win

Conference Call or Meeting Personally – Home Working For the Win

The appeal of working from home is significant. For any small business or home worker the financial benefit of staying within the home is key when cash flow is tight. Serviced offices which often come with a meeting space allow you step out into the day and many feel bring a more formal structure and discipline in their lives. Of course you have to get to work, and in the South East of London the average office worker has a commute of over 1 hour, and spends on average 1.3 years of their travelling to or from work.

The big silver lining is that working from home saves cost on travel, food, and allows savings by utilising home data and phone connections. The average cost of a broadband line in a serviced office in London is around ?75, whereas phone and data packages are available domestically for less than ?20 from many providers.

When it comes to meeting clients though, the work at home model can start to fall apart. Consider if you have to pay for travel and room, as well as arrange book and prepare a meeting space off site from your meeting spot and you start to need to do this 3 times a week. All of a sudden the serviced office starts to come back into play.

However, in reality how often do we really need to meet up to talk face to face when we can conference over voice and data networks for a fraction of the cost. A recent study from www.powwownow.co.uk, a well respected free conference calls company, showed that meetings have dropped by 30% during the recession, 31% of corporates are being encouraged to make use of conference calls and web conferencing, leading to a 20% increase in usage from 2008.

Conference calling can’t replace the face to face meeting, but it can save you from holding a meeting that a conference call could easily substitute for. Not only is that likely to better for both sides, but it’s good for your wallet, good for your time and better for the environment too.

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