Desk phones? Mobile phones? Both? When picking a phone system for your small business, which option will allow you to stay connected with your customers AND give you that professional look and feel you’re going for?
Thanks to rise of cloud-based phone systems, you can run your small business from just about anywhere and sound like a Fortune 500 company.
Choosing a Business Phone
Luckily there are a lot of affordable phone systems for small businesses. To help narrow your search, start by identifying the features that matter most. Are you looking primarily for:
- an 800 or local number?
- dial-by-name directory?
- music on hold?
- unlimited minutes?
- multiple extensions?
- operator switchboard?
- file sharing and team collaboration tools?
Focus on the functionality that's mission critical to your business versus and your ability to provide exceptional customer service. Then you can look at other features that are "nice to have" but not absolutely necessary. Most small business phone providers offer a number of different calling plans so you can upgrade as your business and your needs continue to grow.
Complete Cloud-Based Phone Systems
Grasshopper.com is a popular choice with entrepreneurs, startups, and small business owners. One of the first voice over internet protocal (VoIP) phone systems, Grasshopper continues to be a market leader, making it incredibly easy to run your business from your smartphone. Their small business phone plans offer all of the bells and whistles you would expect from a big-time virtual phone solution but at a fraction of the cost. They include:
- Unlimited minutes
- Toll free 800 numbers and local phone numbers
- No new hardware
- Multiple extensions for everyone on your team
- Send & receive texts on your toll free or local number
- 30-day money back guarantee
Add a professional touch to your business. Moving your business phone system to the cloud is simple, straightforward, and incredibly inexpensive.
As a disclaimer, I use affiliate links for some of the products listed. They are all products I absolutely love and trust and would recommend regardless of whether they have an affiliate program.
[Image: Flickr user Melanie Tata]