Thousands of new businesses are founded every year, from groundbreaking indie startups to privately owned franchise locations and every one of these new business owners is seeking the most efficient and affordable startup model possible. In the first few years after opening your doors, overhead is everything. Building up a loyal client base takes time and keeping your costs down is a great way to reap the rewards of your hard work sooner. One of the major expenses for any small business getting established is installing and paying for the phone lines. Every business needs at least some form of phone contact as one of the many necessary avenues of communication. Fortunately, there’s a new alternative to the costly traditional telecom systems.
Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP)
Your business already needs high-speed internet in order to run non-optional functions like email and online services, which means you already have everything you need for fast, convenient voice communication. Voice Over Internet Protocol, or VOIP for short, is exactly what it sounds like, the ability to make phone calls from your internet connection. Think about it, in a post-Skype world, why would anyone pay the exorbitant prices for traditional business phone lines? Of course, Skype isn’t the only game in town, there are now many online VIOP services available including a few that have been specifically crafted to work well with modern business software like CRMs.
The Benefits of VOIP
Besides being more affordable than normal telephone services, you may be wondering if there are other selling points for a VOIP business system, and there certainly are! To start with, the only physical equipment you need is a phone connected to your computer, no installation necessary. Because VOIP is entirely internet based, you can also receive phone calls to your work number from any of your devices. This means that you can be reached at your work number from any computer or mobile device with internet connection, and your employees can too.
VOIP is also completely scalable, leaving you able to add or remove numbers and logins from your business account at any time, as you need them, leaving you free to grow, downsize, and split into multiple facilities over time. Finally, with VOIP, you’ll never have to miss another call again. Even if the internet or all the power goes out in your office building, the VOIP provider is still online and able to send your clients and business partners to voicemail while you get your business back online.
Opening Shop With VOIP Phones
So why found your business with VOIP instead of traditional phone lines? Sure, your venue may have come with a few cables pre-installed and cordless phones have gotten pretty cool these days, but does your new business really need the hassle and inflexibility of a telecom account? With VOIP, you can get exactly as much phone service as you need with your startup team and expand as you go with simple, easy to use online services. You can even switch providers with relative ease if another package comes along that would work better for your company.
Founding and running a small business means making the right decisions for what your company needs at each stage of growth. Putting value on advancement and innovation means that tradition should never hold you back from doing what’s best for your company. If you want a modern, flexible, access-anywhere phone system, VOIP is the perfect solution for any small and growing business. It can keep overhead down during the early years and then expand with you, right up to multiple facilities full of call centers. For more information about your VOIP options, contact us today!