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VoIP is an incredibly valuable tool that businesses can use as a foundational catalyst to growth. That being said, few companies use VoIP to its fullest extent. This week, we’ll talk about some of the ways you can maximize your VoIP investment and get the most out of your new system.

Look for a provider who’s financially sound.

Whenever you’re looking for a VoIP provider, make sure you do your homework and see who’s backing them. Most major companies provide some sort of financial support to their providers, so the more brands you see represented, the chances are that provider is A.) more reputable and B.) financially sound.

Why is this so important? Aside from the obvious, it’s important to know that you’re getting involved with an organization that won’t just disappear when you need them the most. Also (and sadly), telecom companies come and go quickly. Track record counts for a lot. Do your homework!

Always look to the future

VoIP should never be viewed as an expense, but rather an investment. Taking short-term costs to garner long-term savings is just sound business. Introductory rates are all well and good, but also know that you’ll get hit with rising costs down the road.

Instead of rate shopping early on – just try to find the kind of service that you 1.) Need at that moment in time and 2.) leaves room for you to grow into extended services later on down the road. A major part of the power of VoIP is its ability to grow along with you. Investing in the short term pays huge dividends over time.

Make sure you’re customizing your program the right way

Don’t just take whatever packages a provider gives you and don’t just assume that because those are the packages on the rate sheet that they’re the only offerings said provider has at their disposal. Nearly every single company on earth has different needs. The IT companies that stay in business are those that are able to cater to them. Don’t be afraid to mix and match and ask for special pricing. Like we already mentioned, VoIP is designed to fit – that’s what makes it great. Don’t be afraid to ask for a made to wear package!