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8 reasons to use a virtual number for your small business

Posted by Amina Addow on Apr 12, 2021 12:58:56 PM

No matter the size of your business, it's important to present a professional appearance to anyone who interacts with your business. This can apply to the email address you present on your website and more importantly a phone number. It's important to have a reliable and stable landline presenting number with added benefits such as call management features.

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What does your caller experience say about your small business?

Posted by Amina Addow on Mar 30, 2021 2:45:12 PM

When the phone rings at your small business what happens? There are a number of scenarios that can happen such as the call is answered immediately, there is an auto attendant that directs the caller or hold music. All this is vital to the caller experience that your customers or stakeholders experience. It's important to know which one your small business is projecting day to day.

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Is your mobile phone costing you business?

Posted by Amina Addow on Mar 16, 2021 2:00:00 PM

For small business owners starting out, it's common to want to use your personal mobile phone for work. It may seem convenient but the setbacks will become obvious in the future such as not being able to switch off, wondering whether every call is a personal or business and can damage your professional reputation.

Here are more reasons why using a personal mobile phone number isn't something you should be doing.

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8 reasons not to use your personal phone number for business (and what you should do instead)

Posted by Amina Addow on Mar 11, 2021 3:24:13 PM

It may seem like a good starting point but using a mobile number for your small business but can be detrimental to your brand and relations with prospective callers. A study revealed that 85% of small business owners use mobile phones for business-related tasks on a regular basis. As your business grows over the years you'll soon start to feel the pain and limitations.

Here’s why it’s time to keep your personal and business number separate and move away from mobile phone use all together.

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How to engage remote employees to provide better customer service

Posted by Amina Addow on Feb 4, 2021 3:05:18 PM

2020 has brought a new expectation for remote work. Due to Covid-19 nearly half of the UK workforce is working remotely. While remote work has always existed it was never required in the way that it is now.

More importantly, employees have had to completely change how they communicated and collaborate while being separated. The main concerns of remote work are distractions, low productivity and lack of consistent communication. Here are tips on how to engage remote employees while still providing the level of customer service consumers expect.

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Traditional telephony: Can VoIP replace the landline?

Posted by Amina Addow on Feb 3, 2021 4:11:39 PM

For start-ups and small businesses choosing a phone number is often one of the first decisions.  After all, this will be used for reaching and keeping in contact with customers, employees, suppliers, etc. However, traditional telephony is becoming increasingly outdated leaving VoIP phone systems to take centre stage.

Here's why VoIP technology is slowly taking over the telecom space and as seen from the BT shutdown taking over traditional copper lines altogether.

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Business phone lines explained: landlines vs digital phone lines

Posted by Amina Addow on Jan 12, 2021 3:04:00 PM

For start-ups and small businesses choosing a phone number is often one of the first decisions.  After all, this will be used for reaching and keeping in contact with customers, employees, suppliers, etc.  Much like a professional and branded domain name and email, a phone number identifies and reflects your business (read why NOT to use a mobile number). 

Typically, the decision of selecting a business phone number was closely associated with the trading location of the business as landlines were, by definition, tied to a premise...but no longer is this the case.

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Top 5 bOnline phone features and how to use them

Posted by Amina Addow on Jan 11, 2021 12:17:00 PM

bOnline phone revitalises our core mission to make VoIP phone systems clear and simple for business owners.

Offering new stylish design, a smoother and more intuitive experience with robust phone system features like call recording and video conferencing as standard. We’ve also used excellent feedback from our customers to ensure it’s easy to use for business owners.

Here are the top five bOnline phone features our small business customers are using and how your business can benefit from too!

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How a VoIP phone system can limit the disruption to services

Posted by Amina Addow on Jan 7, 2021 3:40:47 PM

In unprecedented times, small businesses need to prepare and take action to prevent loss of services. While a forced change of location or a shake-up of teams can't be avoided, a VoIP phone system can help ensure business continuity and limit disruption for both staff and customers.

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A clear guide on the BT shutdown for SMEs

Posted by Amina Addow on Dec 10, 2020 2:15:01 PM

Openreach have announced they will be switching off their existing PSTN and ISDN network by 2025 and switching to a single IP network. Meaning that millions of businesses who still use traditional telephony would need to switch to a cloud-based solutions. While 2025 might seem far away small businesses can make the change now to limit disruption to their services. 

Here's everything you need to know regarding the switch off.

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