Statistics show that more than half of small businesses who use the Internet can lose money or business, or have to shut down completely, if they have an unreliable connection. Here are a few important things to remember when it comes to sourcing the best broadband for your business.
Compare, compare, compareBusinesses, of course, need to be able to communicate and should regularly compare phone and broadband services for office needs as well as consistently taking stock of suppliers’ rates and offerings. It’s easy to get comfortable with the status quo, but it’s more important than ever to constantly be working for your business to find the best deals. Business broadband can be slow and unreliable, so staying on the lookout can potentially save small businesses time, money and aggravation.
Finding the right provider for your businessMany businesses rely heavily on their Internet connections to conduct even the most basic day to day tasks. Communicating with clients, suppliers and staff, placing orders for stock, and shopping around for best prices are just a few of the key roles an Internet connection plays in the average business context. Some providers may appear less expensive, but look into other important elements like customer service ratings and overall reliability of connection to make the most informed decision. It’s no good saving money on the monthly broadband bill if you’re losing money because you can’t communicate clearly and effectively with consumers.
Defending small businessesLarger operations can lobby for better network speeds, customer service and, well...pretty much everything so their margins aren’t affected too severely by expensive and unreliable broadband packages. However, for smaller businesses, every bill or inefficiency is a make or break element of the larger operation. They (small businesses) must band together to gain the protection and help needed to access the best markets and services that will help them thrive.
Technology has come on leaps and bounds in the last several years, but it has also meant that businesses rely on it significantly more. Some operate entirely online whereas others may have a more traditional interface, but even these require a network connection that facilitates trade, communication and development. In either context, the speed and reliability broadband connections is lagging behind business development, leaving small businesses in particular at a loss for how to maximize growth with such a limiting network.