As technology improves, VoIP services are becoming more necessary than ever. Smartphones are now capable of running Skype and other VoIP applications, making contact easier. This type of connection was made possible with the invention of the magic Jack, created by Donald Burns. Internet connections are used to make telephone connections rather than a standard telephone line.
Work from Home Potential
With Voice over IP technology, businesses can cut office expense overhead by allowing for some work from home positions. During scheduled working hours, employees can connect with necessary staff or superiors while continuing to work.
Those working independently for themselves can connect in a “face-to-face” meeting with clients. This does not require a special arrangement or purchase of additional equipment. It is convenient for that at-home worker.
Access to Wi-Fi has increased
Wi-Fi signals are available virtually anywhere in today’s world. Even if you take public transportation to work, Wi-Fi connections can be accessed in the event that a work-related issue cannot wait. Most hotels have Wi-Fi service now. This means that when travelling for business, you can still connect with those back at the office and have a video conversation or meeting.
Business Meetings from Anywhere
Given that VoIP services are available on everything from a desktop computer to a tablet, you can have a business meeting virtually anywhere. If you are enjoying the day at a local park, you can find a quiet spot to have a business meeting. Holding a meeting in a tranquil environment helps you remain relaxed during stressful meeting discussions.
For instances when the boss may not think that you are working, you can easily connect with him or her to have a quick meeting. This will show the boss that you are working at the location discussed.
Removal of Long Distance Landline Charges
Businesses often require multiple landline telephone lines. This can get rather costly just in service charges. Most VoIP services have flat rate pricing based upon the number of accounts required for the business. The single fee for multiple accounts is far less than some business landline services.
While one or two landline accounts will need to be in place, it is less stressful to remember which telephone number extension belongs to a specific co-worker’s desk.
As long as the person you are trying to contact is signed into their VoIP account, you will be able to connect instantly. You will also be able to see when the person was last active, when they are away on break or if your request for connection has been ignored.
With traditional telephone lines, a receptionist often answers. It is their duty to route only the requested calls through to the intended contact. Even when messages are left, there is no guarantee that you will receive a returned phone call. With VoIP services, many also allow for typed text. With typed text, you can see when the messages have been read. This is ideal for sales connections as follow-up contact is needed.
Opportunity for Presentations
Some VoIP services allow for screen and file sharing. This is the ideal time to share important information about a product or service using prepared visual media. Simple PowerPoint presentations can be transferred through these services for clients to view as you explain the product.
This is ideal for instances where a simple follow-up call or cold call can turn into a sales presentation as the products are discussed. Having the ability to pitch the product or service right then and there can mean the difference between making a sale and a potential new client losing interest completely.
Internet connections for meeting purposes does increase productivity. For some, working away from the office helps them concentrate more on work. It is less stressful and allows their mind to focus on the task at hand.
Multiple Connection Meetings
Attempting to patch multiple connections into a conference call via landline can be difficult. It is common for some connections to be lost. With some of the VoIP technology that exists today, multiple users can have a group meeting session with ease. Gathering several people in one place at the same time can be difficult to schedule. Having the ability to use an Internet connection for a meeting allows those required to be present to do so from any location.
VoIP to Cell Phone and Landline Telephones
VoIP services can be setup to make traditional telephone calls. Using a headset is ideal in these situations as it helps drown out background noise. It is a clearer connection that makes for better business calls.
This technology has changed the way that many businesses operate. Computers and Internet connections are used heavily in today’s business world. In fact, a business cannot function without the use of computers and Internet these days. It is one of the most efficient ways to keep track of business records, and with the use of VoIP services, a better way to stay in contact with both clients and employees.