Small business is the good thing of any healthy economy. Each day around the world countless small companies and home offices are started as entrepreneurs follow their dreams to create better conditions for themselves and their families. This is nothing new, the same scenario has been playing out for centuries and it won’t stop any time soon.
However, while the scenario may be the same, there is one little addition which makes all the difference. That addition is the Internet or the World Wide Web.
Small businesses starting today have the whole world at their disposal. Unlike in the not so distant past, your customers do not have to be within walking or driving distance, they can be from anywhere on the globe.
Obviously, this addition brings a whole new dynamic to any business or home office, especially when one considers more and more business is done online these days. However, it is just not sales transactions we are talking about here, the Internet also provides many new services and products which the small business man or woman can take full advantage of as they set up shop.
One perfect example of these new “in the cloud” services is a virtual PBX phone system. Instead of using a traditional “landline” phone system, many new companies are opting for a web based VOIP phone system. Using a virtual PBX (Private Branch Exchange) for one’s business or home office does have many benefits and these types of online services have been growing swiftly in popularity in recent years.
Here are some of the main benefits of using a PBX phone system:
Almost Instant Installation
For many small companies, virtual PBX offers almost instant installation as everything can be managed through remote servers and your current smartphones. Within seconds, you can have your company phone number(s) setup and running.
Much Cheaper Start-up Costs
Since everything can be managed through the web and your current mobile phones, there is no need for costly installation of landlines and a hard-wired phone system. This can save money, especially at start-up when monies and resources can be tight.
Low Monthly Fee
Usually there is one low monthly fee which will also help keep operating expenses in check. Since this is a web-based phone system, phone calls will be cheaper – especially any long distance calls. These overall savings makes going with a virtual PBX phone system perfect economic sense for small companies and home offices.
One of the best benefits of using a virtual phone system is the full integration it offers. All your business communications can be fully integrated into your whole computer network or operations. This can make it much easier to file documents, sales transactions, company records… and so on. Take, for example, online fax which is usually a feature of these systems – all your important, timely faxes can be sent to all departments simultaneously so this means everyone will be on the same page. Fully integrating all your phone messages/communications will simply make any company more efficient.