Switching to VoIP system could save your business hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year. Many questions arise when it comes to switching over to VoIP. Where do I start? What do I need? Who should I contract for my small business VoIP? How much it cost?
Compiled below are the tips and guide for you to start on switching to VoIP.
1. Network(Local Area Network)
It is very important to make sure that you have a proper Local Area Network which support
VoIP system. This LAN would be the backbone for the VoIP system to operate.
Ensuring the integrity of your network connection would also ensure VoIP quality.
2. Internet Connection
VoIP system would only work over broadband connection, so make sure when you upgrading to
small business voip, you also increase your bandwidth from your ISP. A lot of small business owners
want to save money by switching to VoIP, but they don't increase the bandwidth. As a result, users experience delays, static, and even lost connections which lead to frustrations.
3. Premises or Hosted Phone System
Depending on the number of users, you would have the options of having On Premise Phone System or Hosted Phone systems. If you only need a VoIP system to cater less than 15 users and you don't want to deal with the phone system, Hosted Phone Sytem would be your best solution.
4. VoIP Providers and Services
Different business have different voip needs. There are many different Voip providers offering many
different small business voip plans. Choose the right plans for your business needs by doing a lot of research before selecting the right provider. In most cases, voip providers would offer advance features you might or might not use, be selective on options you choose. More options mean increasing your expenses.
5. Calling Habits
If you make lot of long distance and international calls, switching to small business voip system would actually worthwhile. For users who make mostly local calls, they would not see any significant savings for switching over.
6. Budget and ROI
Budgeting and calculating ROI on your Small Business VoIP is crucial to your business. Get as much pricing information as possible from the providers you are trying to contract and shop around for deals. Each provider would provide different financing options. Do you want to pay everything upfront or have deposit down and montly recurring fees? These are some of the examples where you can save and calculate ROI in the long run.
7. Publicly Switched Telephone Network - PSTN
Eventhough Small Business VoIP systems provide you with advance features and convenience, it should not replace completely your existing landline. Always have landline as a backup phone system over your VoIP. Any VoIP system require network and electricity to operate.
8. VoIP Equipment
Many providers would provide you with standard equipment or recommend you compatible
equipment when you sign up with their services. Visit our VoIP Hardware to find the necessary equipment for your business.