One of the first steps you need to take when you are putting together a new business is to sort out your phone and broadband connections. With the rapid rise in internet shopping and online searching by consumers, having both a reliable internet connection and a phone plan is vital to any fledgling business.
Deciding on what you need for your start-up business
The problem is that there are so many different internet service providers (ISPs) around, it is difficult to know where to start. One thing is certain however – it is essential that you select the right package for your new business, one that can grow with you as your start-up business expands and requires more resources.
Another problem is that your choice of high speed connections in Australia greatly depends on where your business is located. Some rural or outback areas, as well as certain locations away from the metro areas can have pretty poor and unreliable connections and the new NBN isn’t available everywhere.
So, if you have a start-up business, here are 3 considerations you need to clarify, before you make your final decision.
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Your first port of call is to check whether the new NBN service is available in your area, because this might be all that you need to setup your new business. If you can’t access the NBN service, then check out SHDSL for fast internet access through IP, VPNs and voice services.
Then, there is the regular ADSL broadband, which is great for home based start-ups and finally, fibre optic broadband, which is the top of the range and becomes important when your business has outgrown DSL technology.
Make sure that you select a business bundle that includes your local, international and 1300 phone calls with your broadband, so that you make some serious savings right at the start. Depending on the size of your start-up business, you might also want to think about using the Microsoft Lync system or VoIP, if you have a number of lines and a few staff on board.
Think about bundling in a mobile package as well, either with or without the handsets included in the bundle. Small start-ups can really benefit from the flexibility of having a mobile internet connection for their iPads, giving you a highly mobile office (literally). If you jump on board with the Lync system, then all of your mobile devices are automatically synced with your PC and the cloud, so you have the internet, mobile, phones, voice mail, video conferencing and a whole lot more all in one system.
Once you have worked your way through these three points, why not check out iiNet’s broadband guide for some of the most competitive start-up plans in Australia?