Voice Memos

Voice memos are great for recording ideas, taking down quick notes, noting your tasks for the day and even outlining articles.

Just like the name implies, the Voice Memo app lets you record any audio you want to save right to your phone. It could be a briefing for a project, an interview for a project, or anything at all. Voice Memos makes use of the built-in microphone on your phone to record audio messages.

There are plenty of reasons for wanting to record a memo. You may want to record a new idea or an interview, or simply to check the quality of your voice. The great news is that every smartphone comes with a voice recording option which makes tis possible. After recording a memo, you can always navigate to important and marked places of record in a very simple way.

I’m a freelance worker, how can a voice memos help me?

As a number of remote workers have already discovered, voice memos might just be the answer we’ve been waiting for. As a team leader or team member, you may rely on voice memos to communicate with other team members. Voice memos are also a great tool in communicating with clients in different parts of the world. It is perfectly possible to send voice memos throughout the day that range from just a few seconds in length to 10 minutes. The system allows clients and team members respond whenever the sun rises in their time zone or they manage to find the time to listen to the audio. This is particularly beneficial to African freelancers who have clients and team members in various time zones.

Also, rather than carrying around a separate recording device, your smartphone may already come ready with this function or you may download a voice recording app to your phone. So, whether you are a journalist, a freelance or a blogger composing a new piece of content, a voice recorder is a very useful tool to have at your disposal.

Voice memos also add the emotional nuance missing in regular emails, texts and instant messaging, which often leads to misunderstandings and social blunders. Hearing a person’s tone is beneficial as misunderstandings can be avoided. Being a freelancer from an African nation and working with clients from different cultural backgrounds, this may serve as a useful tool in avoiding unintended offenses. You can always hear in someone’s voice how they’re feeling.

Pros

  • It’s free, convenient to use across time zones and doesn’t require scheduling in advance.
  • You can transfer your audio files directly from your phone to a shared Google Drive folder for others to access.
  • Use as a tool for learning
  • You can easily organize and edit your audio recordings.

Cons

  • It may compromise privacy. A third party may have easy access to confidential recordings.
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Week of Saturdays
Week of Saturdays answers questions and disseminates new ways of working as technology overtakes culture and 9-5 jobs become a trend of the past. We advocate for flexible working schedules, freelancing, remote working and bold transitions between careers.

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