The web conference or online meeting has become a valuable tool for small businesses, opening a variety of options for connecting with clients and colleagues immediately. As the growth of the small business community continues, we see an increasing amount of companies with employees working remotely.
In fact, a survey of 1,500 business owners was conducted earlier this year by Elance, a site that matches employers with employees who are able to work remotely. The survey found that 54 percent of those business owners expect the majority of their work force to be working online by 2017.
A remote work force can help remove barriers that small businesses previously faced. Employers are no longer bound by the location of their employees, and can select the best talent available, not just the best talent located in the immediate area. Employees are no longer obligated to relocate their families when accepting a position that is located on the other side of the country.
The web conference now allows employers to connect with their remote workers in real time, who can share progress with their current assignments and discuss upcoming projects. Employers can also train new employees and conduct performance reviews. Web conferencing literally tears down the walls of the conventional office and provides a more flexible work environment.
The online meeting can also save time when conducting business with clients. Instead of dealing with the travel time and expense it can take to meet with an existing or perspective client in person, the web conference can get that important meeting started immediately, and at no cost with a solution like AnyMeeting.
There are several resources available online that offer tips to help ensure a smooth and successful web conference. Productivity501.com has several articles including one with nine tips for effective online meetings.