Green Business Tip: Virtual Meetings

Technology can be a wonderful thing for the small business owner, can’t it? It saves us time, allows us to work more productively, and can save us money. It can also help your small business go green.

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One type of green business technology used increasingly is the virtual meeting or webinar application.

Sure, you could always just pick up a phone or send an email rather than making a physical appointment for a meeting, but sometimes even a conference call just won’t cut it.

You may need to do an all-out presentation with more interaction. Online meeting and webinar applications let you do that.

So how do virtual meetings help the environment?

  • You’re not driving or flying to get to meetings.
  • You can avoid distributing print materials to save paper.
  • You don’t end up with the waste often associated with face-to-face meetings and conferences (from water to food containers if you order out or have it catered).

So be a little bit more green the next time a colleague or client wants to conference with you, and find a way to do it virtually.

Note: This article was originally published on June 16, 2008. It was updated and re-published on the currently-listed publication date.

Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, business writer, indie author, and the owner of 3 Beat Media -- the company that operates In addition to blogging about small business issues she also frequently writes about freelance writing, indie publishing, and blogging, as well as social media and marketing. Before becoming a full-time writer and publisher, Jenn ran a PR firm where she specialized in online PR and social media marketing.

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