Startup and save
Setting up an office for any SME can be an expensive and stressful ordeal. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) believes that startups tend to fail due to running out of cash (29%). Therefore, being smart about expenditure is essential, especially with any expensive telecommunications equipment that you may need. Here are a few recommendations on how you could avoid this problem in both the short and long run.
Unified Communications (UC)
Unified Communications (UC) is the integration of real-time communication services. This includes instant messaging (chat) and video conferencing with non-real-time communication services such as (voicemail, e-mail, SMS and fax). A UC system has consistent unified user interface, regardless of the devices that participants use. Technology like this ensures that you remain in tune with your clients and colleagues regardless of your location or the technology platform you have immediately available to you. This increases workplace efficiency as you do not have to be in one specific location to handle your business affairs. UC is perfect for those who work from home frequently or find themselves out of the office, yet still need to stay completely in touch with colleagues or business matters throughout the working day.
Embrace Bluetooth and multi-point technology
Alongside staying hands-free, Bluetooth and multi point in today’s world also have a cost-saving aspect to their use. Many Bluetooth headsets are no longer limited to one corded connection to one device. They are able to connect to two or more devices simultaneously. This reduces the need to duplicate expenditure on telecoms equipment accessories. So you only need one headset to connect to your desktop, mobile phone, tablet and some bluetooth-enabled IP desk phones
Reap the benefits of VoIP telephony
VoIP (Voice over IP) is a great technology that allows you to make free cheap calls locally and worldwide. In order to do so, you need an IP telephone and a subscription to a VoIP Service. A VoIP service uses an internet connection as it´s backbone; this means that apart from the subscription fee for the service, there is no incremental cost of using VoIP. This is unlike a conventional landline, where you are charged by the minute. Also, it is estimated that VoIP on average enables you to save up to 40% on local calls and a staggering 90% on international calls.
Manage your communications with a PBX
A virtual switchboard, also known as a hosted PBX, is a new version of a traditional analogue PBX. An external VoIP provider provides your office with a cloud-based telephone system that manages your inbound, outbound and internal calls. The features that come with a virtual switchboard will allow you to present yourself as a more established company, and grow alongside your business.
Through a hosted PBX, you can save money through cheaper UK and international calling rates, the lack of any physical hardware to purchase, and not needing to install new phone lines. With all setup and technical support done remotely, there is minimal disruption to your business, saving you even more.