Hey, freelancers: if you haven’t been paying attention to voice and audio technology, you should. While there are a few key differences between voice versus audio, both platforms can help you save time and open new revenue opportunities. Most of the conversation around voice and audio to-date has focused on either social media and voice or audio-first communities or on enterprise team collaboration with voice and audio. In this blog, I’m digging into how audio and voice is better for (freelance) business.
The money side
Freelancing is a tough business to scale. Your real currency is time and (mental or physical) energy, and those are finite resources. Where large companies have the power of scale to distribute work and specialize to increase profit, you as a freelancer don’t have that. What you have, though, is a far less complicated organizational structure. And that means more opportunities for technology to do some heavy lifting.
For client and revenue-generation, voice and audio help you supercharge earning potential. First off, you can link into how your clients really work - with conversations, not walls of email text. As more enterprises leverage voice, your ability to use the same platforms they do is one of the most important ways to integrate yourself with clients and become indispensable.
The other value proposition of voice and audio with clients is you no longer have to read between the lines with edited emails or wait to schedule calls. Clients can tell you in their own words what’s going on, and you can get to work. Imagine: when a client has a problem or question and they just… tell you. That’s the power of voice and audio. With automatic transcription standard in platforms like Yac, you can save, document, and read the notes later as well.
When it comes to time, efficiency, and cost savings, voice and audio are here to save the day. We know that speaking is 7x faster than typing and listening is twice as fast as reading. Right there, you get things done more quickly. But with other features like searchability, screensharing, and more in one platform, apps like Yac also help you save valuable time when email is necessary because everything is in one link. No more messy attachment bingo (you know, when you have to write a whole bullet list explaining the file names and what’s actually in them).
The personal side
Freelancing can be lonely. You’re a lone wolf most of the time (and chances are you like it that way). But that doesn’t mean you don’t want or need a community. There’s nothing worse than falling into an easily avoidable pitfall of remote freelancing.
Whether with freelancers or just friends, voice and audio help you connect in a more human capacity. Send quick notes, share jokes, personal stories, and more… all in a way that feels natural. No more worrying if that email is “professional,” just send a voice note to your friend.
For those times when you need to connect with yourself - or rubber duck debug a problem - voice and audio platforms provide non-silly ways to check in, talk through a problem, and document the solution for later. Oh, and if you need to send that problem off to a mentor or advisor, you can do it easily with no repetition necessary. Heck, you can even have ongoing asynchronous meetings with mentors where you send voice notes back and forth. Sure beats waiting on a problem for weeks until you can get on their meeting docket.
As a freelancer, you don’t necessarily have anyone driving your professional development. You are entirely in charge of that. So when new opportunities to learn and try new things like voice and audio come along, it’s a good idea to give it a shot (we are a teensy bit biased in specifically recommending voice and audio, but we genuinely believe it’s helpful). The best thing about experimentation is that you can learn something and choose to continue or not - it’s just our belief that you’ll love it once you try it.
De-risk your business
As the freelancing world explodes, there’s more room than ever to grow, but also more risks and competition coming down the pipeline. One way to stay on top of your game is to pay attention to what’s coming next for your clients (both current and future) and give it a shot yourself. With increasing adoption of voice and audio technology around the world, we think it’s a critical space for all freelancers to check out.