The smarter way to a second telephone line

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As a small business owner, you already know that the internet can help your business thrive through email, a website and even online sales tools. But did you realise it can help you more effectively take care of one of the keys to any business: your telephone line?

Using a home phone line for your business calls can be less than ideal. It makes it very hard to keep your personal and business lives separate. You have to worry about the line being tied up by family members, and it’s impossible to know whether to give a casual or professional greeting when answering a call.

On the other hand, dedicated business phone lines can be prohibitively expensive: you’re looking at as much as £130 for installation and set-up on a second line, an extra line rental charge of up to £15 a month, and often a minimum commitment term.

VOIP phones (voice over internet service) are one solution to this problem. The calls are routed to and from your home office over the internet with no line rental costs and no minimum contract term. Unlike some internet-based services, The Voip Shop lets you do this while using an ordinary phone. You just plug your phone into a special device known as the Voip Box that in turn plugs into your broadband router. You don’t need any specialist computer knowledge, and you dial calls as normal.

The person calling you doesn’t need to know you are using a VOIP service. You’ll get a normal phone number that’s dedicated to your account. Callers simply dial this number like any other and get put straight through to you. You can choose any geographic area code from the UK or a non-geographic area code like 0330 if you want to give your business a national presence.

As well as saving you big money on set-up and subscription costs, using the Voip Shop service gets you access to cheap call packages that can save you up to 95% on outgoing calls compared with traditional phone calls. You can choose between cheap pay-as-you-go rates or getting a monthly package that allows unlimited calls.

There’s more to the service than just making and receiving calls: you also get added features that make running a business easier. These include call forwarding to landlines and mobiles, so you can work on the move. You also get voicemail and can even send and receive text messages. It’s truly a premium service at an affordable cost.

So you like the sound of a second phone line just for your business, with no installation charges, no fixed monthly fees, and far cheaper rates than by using a traditional phone service? Then the good news is that you don’t even have to wait. While it can take two weeks to get a new phone line physically installed, with the Voip Shop’s solution the necessary equipment can be posted to your house and you can be up and running within 48 hours of placing your order.

For more information please visit the website or call 0800 756 3707 (free from landlines) or 0330 124 1818 (cheaper from mobiles).

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