Is it time to update your business phone system? Determining the right time and the best phone system for your business requires some thoughtful planning. Before you can choose a new phone system, you need to evaluate your needs. Take our 6-question quiz to get started.
There are a myriad of choices out there for cloud computing and VoIP phone service. With so many competitors on the Internet offering free or cut-rate service in these areas, you may wonder if it’s worth bundling phone, Internet and cloud computing services with a local carrier. Not surprisingly, the answer comes down to the relative importance of service quality vs. cost.
Can your business go green by going virtual? According to a Huffington Post article by Jared Seeger, if more companies pushed telecommuting whenever possible, Americans would use 625 million fewer barrels of oil annually, reduce greenhouse emissions by 107 million tons of carbon dioxide and save $43 billion on gas.
Dream Local Digital is a Rockland-Based digital marketing firm expanding nationwide. The company helps its customers market themselves on line with services like search engine optimization, social media marketing, content marketing, web design and more.
Dream Local Digital founder Shannon Kinney using her Hosted PBX phone in her Rockland, Maine office.
There’s no doubt about it, this has been a tougher than usual winter so far. We’ve experienced subzero temperatures, considerable snowfall, and an ice storm which wrecked considerable havoc and caused extended power outages throughout much of the state over the holidays.
The iPhone is the smartphone leader in the U.S. and is predicted to have a 68% market share when smartphone penetration peaks out in the US in 2017. This is no doubt due to the phone’s broad appeal in form and function, but those visually appealing effects and ultra-convenient apps come at a price: battery life.
Christmas is coming, and with it there will be new laptop and desktop computers in the hands of users everywhere. If you’ve lived for years with a beat-up old computer, it can be very hard to resist the temptation to immediately install your favorite game and start playing, visit your favorite social site, or start watching videos. The cold hard truth, though, is that your PC does not come out of the box optimized for best performance and secure from threats. Take a few minutes – an hour perhaps, to tackle these key items before you dive in and start using that new computer.
For most businesses, a key component of any small business disaster recovery plan is ensuring that your phones continue to be answered in the event a snowstorm, fire, flood or other disaster prevents your business from operating in its usual place and manner. Often, this involves working out complex routing arrangements to redirect calls from your business phone system to alternate numbers such as employees’ homes and cell phones. These alternate routing schemes can require outside support to configure and test to ensure proper operation – not so with a hosted PBX.
Winter is almost here. Does your business have a small business disaster recovery plan in place? If you define “disaster” as an 8.5 magnitude earthquake, remember that disasters come in unexpected forms and sizes. It’s the business disruption caused by a disaster that typically matters to your customers and clients. In New England, winter storms can be surprisingly severe, causing disruptions such as power outages, connectivity disruptions and unsafe traveling conditions for your employees, who can forget the impacts of 2013’s nor’easter or the ice storm of 1998?
Have you written a small business disaster recovery plan for your organization? If you answered no, don’t be too hard on yourself. According to a survey by Symantec, fully 57% of small businesses don’t have a plan committed to paper as to how they will respond when their business is crippled by the unexpected. A small business disaster recovery plan can be written with pen and paper.