Is Cloud VoIP right for your business?
One of the most essential elements of any business are the lines of communication with customers. For someone to buy from you, they need to be able to reach you, ask you questions, and place an order with you.
If they can’t do that, they will surely find a competing business to buy from instead.
If you’re a micro business owner, you probably list your mobile as the main contact number. However as you grow, the need for a landline grows too. It allows you to keep your mobile number more private, and gives your business credibility while helping you appear more established.
To get a landline, you have three options:
- Standard public telephone network
- Cloud VoIP
Option three is the latest addition to the telecoms industry, but is already receiving rave reviews from business owners keen to implement a reliable solution at a low cost.
What is Cloud VoIP?
VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. This means that rather than making a phone call though a standard phone line, you are making it over the internet.
VoIP systems are usually managed via a small box that sits in your office and is connected to your internet line. The box allows you to configure your settings, and manage incoming and outgoing calls.
Cloud VoIP, however, allows you to configure and manage your VoIP remotely, so you can access it anytime, anywhere.
Why Cloud VoIP?
It’s cheaper. When you’re building a business from the ground up, you know how important it is to offer a great service while keeping overheads low.
The biggest benefit of Cloud VoIP is that it is a lot cheaper than most other landline options. Cloud VoIP can cost as little as $25 per month, compared to the standard public telephone network (PSTN) which is usually more than $50 per month.
PSTN plans also cost you line rental plus the cost of each telephone call you make in the month. With Cloud VoIP, most plans offer all calls for free – so you only ever pay for the cost of the number and no more.
You can access it remotely. The benefits of Cloud VoIP are the same as the benefits of Cloud technology in general – it doesn’t require onsite hardware, costs less to get started, and allows you to make changes (such as add new numbers, set up a diversion, check incoming and outgoing calls, and so on) from wherever you are.
If you use an IT Support company to manage this for you, the absence of an onsite visit usually means this can get sorted faster and cheaper.
It scales and moves easily. In the case of a standard landline, you pay to rent the line. In the case of Cloud VoIP, you are paying to rent the number. So adding new numbers as you grow (or removing them if you downsize) is simple and painless.
It’s also very easy to scale geographically. I.e.: you don’t need to get a new landline installed if you open a new or second office – you simply setup your phones and can add new numbers whenever you need them.
You can also choose any area code you want – without having to be in that area.
Other benefits that are possible through certain Cloud VoIP providers include:
- Call centre additions. Some Cloud VoIP providers offer real-person call taking services.
- Better monitoring. You can quickly and easily view call logs, times, phone numbers, etc. You may even be able to request call to email transcription.
- Many VoIP services allow users to answer calls directly from their computer, or have them quickly and cost-effectively routed to a mobile. Voicemails can be sent by email, or transcribed to text messages.
- Some Cloud VoIP systems integrate easily with other software, so you can integrate with other communications platforms, such as video conferencing.
To get Cloud VoIP for your business, or to find out more, give Empreus IT a call on (02) 6189 1322.