Before the mobile device industry grew, most businesses relied on landlines for phone-to-phone communications. If you were among the lucky few, your business might have offered you a cell phone or given you access to a car phone. However, neither of these devices were convenient or reliable. Also, they could be quite bulky.
There are so many more options for businesses to choose from for ideal communication. One of those options is a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). The biggest difference between this and a landline? VoIP uses the internet to make and receive calls. But that’s not everything it has to offer. There are many benefits to switching to VoIP, including cost-effective savings.
7 Key Advantages To Using VoIP For Your Business
If you’re still relying on a landline for your business, take a look below at why you should consider switching to VoIP.
1. Cost-Effective Communication
Many businesses pay monthly for internet, cable, and phone services. Or you may pay for a combination of the three. But if you don’t need to, why should you? High-speed internet is expensive enough. And as your business grows, you don’t want to keep adding to your bill to keep up. VoIP doesn’t need phone services as it relies solely on the internet, which means you can cut back on your phone service bill and use VoIP instead.
Additionally, you may have one or many full-time receptionists. VoIP has an auto-attendant feature, which covers unattended calls as they come in. If you’re a small or medium-sized business, this may be a cost cut you want to consider.
2. Use More Devices
So many more people own multiple mobile devices than ever before. In fact, 35.13% of the world’s population owns a smartphone. This doesn’t even include other advanced devices like tablets, smartphones, laptops, etc. Through a softphone application applied to any cooperating device, you can use them all to make and receive phone calls with VoIP. This means you and your employees can break free from feeling tied down to a desk line.
3. Portable Solution
VoIP is a fantastic way for those who often travel to stay connected with their business. It’s important to know that your VoIP number is a virtual number, so you don’t have to change your phone number when you’re outside the office. If you like your printed business cards as they are with your office phone number clearly stated, you don’t need to worry about ordering a new pack every time you’re on the move. Clients and co-workers alike can reach you through the same number even if you’re away.
4. More Work Flexibility
The pandemic has taught us quite a few valuable lessons. Among those lessons is the ability to work outside of the office. Businesses already practicing remote work went practically untouched by operational interruptions. However, there was still a window of businesses operating in-office only even though they could send their employees to work from home. These businesses experienced setbacks and other disruptions that took away from their overall ROI.
However, you may not have thought about how businesses using landlines were affected. In this case, they may have been locked into a contract and unable to transfer landline devices as needed. But as nationwide businesses shut down, those companies were flushing money quickly and not using the services they paid for.
Alongside traveling employees, you can allow more employees to work from home or remotely with VoIP. Recent findings suggest that remote employees are 47% more productive and less stressed about their commute and/or being in an office setting. Because VoIP only needs an internet connection, employees can work wherever and whenever as long as they’re connected. Also, more work flexibility aligns with more cost-saving advantages like no office rent, maintenance, or upkeep.
Transitioning to remote work and need a VoIP set up for you? Contact Waterdog Computer Works.
5. Features Make Collaboration Possible
Multi-party and conference calling are still available with VoIP. Many systems have these features built-in to give your business more flexibility when connecting with clients. And even though your VoIP relies on the internet, it won’t slow you down from browsing online, sending and receiving documents, sharing files, etc. You can still work online and discuss business over the phone with one or many people.
The only downside is that VoIP doesn’t come with video capabilities. However, if you don’t mind getting business done solely over the phone, you’re making the right decision.
6. You Don’t Need To Add Extra Lines
Landline providers are eager to charge you for extra lines as your business expands. Businesses decided to eat the cost and add as many lines as needed to continue operations in the past. Thankfully, there are more modern options to address this concern because adding lines may not be feasible for your budget if you:
- Are a small business
- Hire seasonally
- Experience frequent fluctuations in growth
- Have or plan to have several offices across the country
- Want to rotate who works in and outside of the office
VoIP grows with your business so you don’t have to worry about spending more money on extra lines and hardware to keep people connected.
7. Your Connection Is Secure
VoIP providers work for you around the clock to block scams and other unwanted phone calls. Securing your VoIP can also protect you from other risky vulnerabilities by running regular audits just in case. As long as you keep your VoIP updated and ready for action, you can listen to calls clearly and know your line is safe and secure.
Get The Most Out Of Your Voice Over IP System
Whether you’re looking to cut costs, transition to remote work, or offer more flexible communication solutions, Waterdog Computer Works can help. If you’re home, traveling for business, or simply sitting at your local cafe, you can keep the same office number.
Consider an alternative if your phone, cable, and internet bill is too high. Give us a call for your VoIP needs.