Starting a Business

Should your start-up use home or business broadband?

If you are just starting up a business, it’s likely you have a 101 things on your mind. Staffing, equipment, business plans and financial forecasts, all designed to give you a headache as you take that giant leap into the world of being self-employed.

However, this doesn’t mean that choosing the best internet provider as well as making the decision for consumer or business broadband is any less important. Most businesses these days will rely on broadband in one way or another, whether that is to make orders, staffing or indeed to promote or sell your product.

Depending on what type of business you have will depend on what type of broadband you should opt for. Indeed, if your business operates solely via the internet then this subject should be moot. Opting for a business broadband service ought to be a no-brainer for someone in this situation.

So the question is why? What advantages are there to business package that you won’t get through your normal service? Well for one, there is the comfort of knowing that most providers offer a far greater level of support to those with a business broadband connection.

There’s nothing worse than having a problem, making a call and having to weight ages for someone to pick up the phone. Most ISP’s will give you better technical back-up so that when you need them the most, they can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently. Remember, when you are in business, time is money and every moment wasted on telephone lines can affect your profit margins.

There is also the peace of mind you can gain through knowing that you can claim insurance if a problem is not of your making. Some ISPs offer compensation should your connection go down if you have a business broadband connection.

Static internet protocols (IP) are another advantage as you can assign a different IP to each device you use. If you then encounter a problem and you have a network of computers it can often be easier to isolate and address with a static IP.

Bandwidth and upload and download speeds; these can also make a difference, as many consumer packages have restrictions whereas business packages generally are considerably more generous, if any they have any limits at all.

There are a lot of advantages to opting for a business broadband deal; however, they are not for everyone. If you only use the internet for your business infrequently, and without time restrictions when you do, then perhaps the extra money involved will not be worth it. However, if you are a frequent user then it does indeed make sense to opt for a business broadband package.

However, that isn’t everything. Before jumping in head first, shop around. Check out broadband comparison sites and forums to see other people who have used providers in your area’s experiences. Look at the prices of the technical support lines and be sure you are opting for the right ISP and the right package before going forward. If you do this your internet connection has a far greater chance for being stable and helping your business to be a success.

Author Bio: Kerry Butters contributes this article on behalf of Broadband Genie, where you can find more information on business broadband.

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