Starting a business is hard. Once you start looking at business requirements, from administration to IT infrastructures, you realize that coming up with a business idea was the easiest step. We have been there too, as well as Microsoft, Google and even Facebook!
On top of all of that, IT can be scary, expensive and the start of a never-ending investment. When you start a business, you have limited resources. Meaning that you are, from the very beginning, on a quest to search for ways to cut expenses. New businesses, especially unfunded ones, are very cautious with their resources – they actually do not need nor want massive IT infrastructures that won’t provide much advantage in the initial stages.
Since telephony is a must for every business, it is very important to make the right choice from the very beginning. The right telephony infrastructure will not only be affordable for limited budgets, but will also give you the opportunity to follow the growth of your business. This is way VoIP is very recommended for Startups.
What is VoIP?
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a revolutionary technology with a potential to completely change world’s phone systems. VoIP, also known as IP telephony, converts voice vibrations into compressed digital signals that are translated to Internet Protocol (IP) packets. In other words, it is a method for taking analogue audio signals and turning them into digital data that can be transmitted over the Internet. Calling with VoIP is almost the same as regular calling – you pick up your horn and dial a number. The only difference is that you will be calling a VoIP phone number instead of a regular one.
VoIP calls can be made through:
- Dedicated IP phones – specialized phones that look similar to normal phones, with a handset and buttons for dialing. Instead of having the standard phone connectors, IP phones have Ethernet connectors which are directly connected to your switch/router with the ability to handle the IP call.
- Analogue telephone adapters (ATA) – it allows you to connect a standard (analogue) phone to your VoIP solution. It takes the analog signal from your traditional phone and converts it into digital data for transmission over the internet.
- Computers – all you need is the software, mic & speakers, a sound card and an internet connection to make a call.
Since VoIP uses internet technologies (SIP) many features and services that were previously impossible or very expensive using traditional telephone technology, became available.
VoIP and Startup Companies make the perfect combination
When you start a business, you want to put your focus on your actual business rather than IT infrastructures and solutions. Your worries are only about two things – having the most affordable solution and having no regrets for choosing it.
VoIP technology is the solution to think of. The main reason why VoIP is cheaper than regular telephone calls is because of the technology it takes advantage of – the internet. No new connections need to be made to use VoIP. In other words, VoIP is a cheaper alternative to land lines because they do not require a separate technology to implement, nor IT knowledge. You just have to plug plug-in the telephone and make your first call.
Most of the businesses start with the goal to grow (not only in profit but also in size) and it is understandable that they need an infrastructure that follows that growth. VoIP is definitely a technology that can follow every change in the organisation. With VoIP, you and your organisation have significantly more flexibility and the ability whenever changes occur, no infrastructure issues appear. You can just proceed working with the same infrastructure. So if your business is constantly growing and developing, a VoIP telephony structure can develop with it.
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