The economic downturn has taken its toll on companies of all sizes, but there is no question that the nation's smaller businesses have been the hardest hit. In addition to maintaining business while in an economically challenged environment, small businesses have to contend with other challenges that would otherwise be rather simple if only they were bigger.
Small businesses usually don’t have large cash reserves, dedicated research departments, fully-staffed IT functions, strategic planning functions, etc., to address challenges or opportunities, so their resources are extremely limited. On top of limited resources, small businesses find challenges in marketing, finding a work-life balance and managing their back office.
With so many things up against the small business person, one wonders if there was ever a break to be had? In terms of communications, that, at least, is a no-brainer.
Enter business VoIP, a technology that isn’t brand new but can reap many benefits for the small business. The most important benefit of VoIP technology is its cost efficiency, which in turn adds to the savings of consumers and companies using it. Generally, it can save almost half of the traditional phone bills, and sometimes more. For small organizations, the savings can translate into a lot.
In addition to home offices, VoIP is available on current smartphones and other mobile devices so small businesses can save on overhead and ditch the rented office. VoIP expands the call cost advantages of a VoIP business phone system to the mobile handset. Staff can make calls from their mobile phone as if they were sitting at a traditional workstation without incurring excess mobile charges.
For the small business, VoIP can be invaluable. Conversely, business VoIP providers see the value in the small business, mostly because they create opportunity.
The demand for affordable, feature-rich IP phone systems will continue to increase as the small business looks to streamline communications, improve collaboration, and support mobility, all while saving a buck. Business VoIP providers can meet these needs by providing cost-effective voice services that deliver collaboration and mobility features that traditional phone services cannot match.
With a lot of VoIP systems out there, it can be a bit daunting trying to find a solution that works for your small business efficiently and, most importantly, is cost effective. Finding the perfect business VoIP provider is usually a good place to launch from when selecting a VoIP system that meets and exceeds your needs.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey