Business Internet - You Get What You Pay For
Posted on April 20, 2017
It’s one of life’s old adages – you get what you pay for - and never is it more applicable than your internet connectivity service. There is no business owner alive who doesn’t want to save a dollar here or there but opting for a cheap internet provider over quality, reliable and flexible connectivity is a false economy.
Fast-speed internet is a given in any workplace and if your company does not provide its employees with the tools they need to do their job, it will impact on workplace harmony. Worse, the additional time it takes an employee to manage your business because of slow, sluggish connectivity, the ultimate cost to workplace performance starts adding up.
Access to cloud services, receiving and sending large graphics files, retrieval of large amounts of stored data – all of these activities require high-quality, fast-speed connectivity.
There are a few tips to make it easier for you to decide on the best-value service for your dollar:
What do you need your service to do?
How do you use the internet? Simple questions but vital and basic information for you to consider. Know if your business has peaks and troughs and understand what your employees primarily use the service to do.
Compare apples with apples.
There are many providers who offer a variety of services with a wide range of price points. Compare what is included in the price of your service and if you don’t understand, ask.
Don’t forget installation and ongoing maintenance.
Even the world’s best service provider occasionally has issues. Find out what your provider’s policy – and price – is for installation, ongoing maintenance and disruption to service.
Make sure you understand usage caps.
Data is far cheaper, and businesses don’t need the hassle of worrying about data quotas. There are tailored offerings out there which offer unlimited quota specifically suited to business.
Understand the trade-off of long-term, locked-in contracts.
You may pay a little more for a shorter contract, but the flexibility may be worth the premium.
At Vocus, we work with businesses large and small and get what businesses want. With the internet being an essential part of business, it’s critical you have the right service, from the right partner.
Ask for local support. Make sure you are business grade-products, not re-badged consumer offers. But most importantly, go with a provider which has control over its network so you know you are getting a better experience.