If you are a small business you may well be using consumer broadband packages but its well worth taking a look at a bespoke business broadband service. With all businesses reliant on the internet and email to work, it’s essential to have a reliable broadband service. Business packages tend to offer better support and speedier connections.
One of the key advantages is that a business broadband will provide you with a static IP address – this is the address used to identify your computer. Some consumer packages have dynamic IP addresses which means they change and you don’t want this for your business.
If you are connecting with people regularly, like remote staff or you are offering server options to customers, then a static IP address is a really important feature to keep your business looking and feeling totally professional.
You need to make sure you have proper security as well to protect your IP address from potential business internet hackers.
A lot of regular consumer providers are now offering business broadband services and most of them will tailor business packages to meet your needs. For example, BT offers business fibre broadband bundles. There are also options from Virgin Media, Talk Talk and Plusnet, all of whom have their own specialist business broadband departments who can advise you on speed, reliability and price.
Another option is to have 3G and 4G mobile broadband so that you have internet on the go, which is a must for many businesses. These services provide more than enough internet connection speeds to be able to check emails, calendars and read online documents.
There are a number of things to think about when opting for a new business broadband service for your company. Luke Mead from Caelum Communications, said: “You need to make sure you are still getting all of the benefits you had from your original consumer service plus extra business bonuses from your provider.”
Things to look out for include making sure you get antivirus and anti-spam software for all of your website and email addresses to avoid any problems on that score.
In terms of telecoms services, some business broadband suppliers will set you up with business VoIP systems for telephone calls via your broadband so make sure you ask if this is a feature you can have access to from your supplier.
Other options include a secure extranet which would provide a place for your staff to store and share data or information with each other using a secure login. It would need to be backed up daily as part of the hosting plan.
You also need to make sure all of your computers being used to access the business broadband service have protection against hackers and viruses and you can ask to have this as part of your package.
It might also be possible, for extra security; to get your business broadband supplied via a dedicated lease line for your business which can boost your broadband speed, reliability and security even more.