If you’re thinking about what might be essential for your new home office, business VoIP should be at the top of your list. Working from home offers a variety of perks – a 15-second commute to your desk, more flexibility and no chatty colleagues to distract you from your work. But in order to take full advantage of your unique work environment, it’s important to make sure that your home office is fully equipped for all your business needs. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you’re setting up your home office with business VoIP.
Make sure you have a broadband Internet connection
Business VoIP requires sufficient bandwidth. It’s recommended that you have at least 90 kb/s of bandwidth (upload and download speed) per user, well within the capacity of most home broadband connections. Make sure that your internal network, which includes your routers and switches, can handle the load too. Worried about the voice quality? You shouldn’t be – most users discover that the quality and reliability of VoIP calls are as good as or better than traditional phone service.
Consider a hosted PBX
A hosted PBX is a great choice for businesses with a large number of telecommuting employees. Since all the equipment is handled by the business VoIP provider and maintained off-site, the responsibility rests in the hands of experts as opposed to premise-based PBX. Most importantly, you can access your extension from practically anywhere. Whether you are working from your home office or sipping on a cappuccino at the local cafe, you’ve got access to full business phone system capabilities and can maintain your professional business presence.
What are your calling habits?
If your business requires you to make frequent long distance or international calls, business VoIP is a great choice for you. Long distance business calls can be a real killer for your pocketbook. But with VoIP technology, you can access your business phone system from anywhere in the world, as long as you are connected to Wi-Fi.