For a business the term VoIP probably isn’t new but did you know it also has its benefits for those with small businesses that run from home as well as other home workers too?
The number of people homeworking or tele-commuting is increasing and with office space becoming ever-more expensive. It used to be difficult to make homeworking work for the employer and the start-up too because the technologies to support them just weren’t there, but these days with internet technologies and cloud services have made it not only viable but cheap and easy too.
One of the major breakthroughs has been in telephony. Getting a second number in your home was expensive and operated completely independently from your employer’s systems. Calls between the office and you was expensive and an administrative problem. VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) has solved these problems and many more and done it in a very inexpensive way.
Homeworkers can now simply plug a VoIP telephone into their internet connection wherever in the world he or she is and that phone will work exactly as it does as if it was in the main office. On top of this there are no charges for calls for anyone on the system. Essentially it becomes a remote extension of the employer’s switchboard.
Individuals too, can now have a real telephone number that works like any other for very little per month. It works instantly on purchase so start-ups have a real start.
What’s more all VoIP services can be expanded at will to include a host of features normally only found on the most advanced corporate PBXs at very little additional cost
With a VoIP phone system you can:
- Make and receive calls via your laptop computer.
- Make and receive calls from your mobile via an App, that makes your mobile an extension of your office phone, for seamless call transfer as well as presenting out your office number when making an outbound call form your mobile.
- And of course, you can also have a physical phone as well 🙂
The exact equipment you need depends on which method of VoIP you’re using.
To use a VoIP phone at home or remotely you will require:
- An internet connection
- A desk phone
- A power adapter for the phone
- An Ethernet cable that will connect the phone to your broadband router