This may sound obvious to many, and not to others. It is important to remember that many who never worked online are slowly trying it out. Back in 2000, the very reason I decided to get high-speed cable was because dial-up took too long to share files, and the webpages loaded much too slow. Sure that ‘AOL noise’ was making me feel smarter. This was 11 years ago, and back then high-speed Internet was much more expensive. This is promising news if ‘cost’ is on your mind! Here are some types of high-speed Internet connection:
- Cable – Local cable TV provider
- DSL – Local telephone provider using a modem
- WiFi – Cell phone towers to modem or PC card
- Satellite – Satellite dish or antenna
- For a comparison chart, see here! Quick thank you to Best Buy for this chart. You may see me reference Best Buy often, simply because I spend so much ‘happy geek time’ there…doing job research, of course. (wife disclaimer)
High-Speed Internet is a necessity these days. As a voice talent online, you will be going through thousands of web pages a year. Using faster Internet access will save you more than enough time to justify the cost. In the past two years, high-speed Internet has started to offer download and upload speeds to match those of commercial business, so this means there is a ‘recognition’ that working from home may be the new office of tomorrow for everyone.
What is your download/upload speed? Lower download/upload speeds will translate into slower web performance, which may affect your ability to communicate online. If you wish to use Skype as phone patch or download large files from an FTP (file transfer protocol), it may take you much longer, and your ability to work online full-time may become more time-consuming than you are realizing. In the past year, usage of sites like Dropbox for file sharing has increased heavily. Having the ability to simply move files to a folder, and share a link later, is just fast and easy for you and your client. It is hard to gauge individually how “speed of delivery” factors into getting work, but “time” is “money”. Saving people time will make them think to pay you more…and you will see me say this over and over again throughout this guide.