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Business Success: Stay ahead by staying connected

"You snooze, you lose." This holds particularly true in business. If you're not available when customers call, you're missing out on sales opportunities. If your staff can't reach you, important decisions are being made without you.

Today, success in business is about staying connected - wherever you are and whenever your bottom line requires your attention.

Learning Series: Small Business Communication

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Take Your Work With You: On the road, overseas, wherever

"But how," you ask?

Today's working world is mobile. Deals are made while traveling on planes, trains, and in automobiles. Workers work from home, in hotel rooms, and virtual conference rooms. Staying connected is about converting your cell phone into a professional business phone system.

Let's connect the dots...

  • Cell Phone = Business Phone | Have business calls routed to your cell phone. It's easy. This can be set up for your employees too. Regardless of who's calling whom and from where, everyone's cell phone can also serve as their business phone.
  • Keep it Professional When dialing out, your cell phone can be programmed to show the company phone number as the caller ID, instead of your personal cell phone number. This shows that you're calling from your business and about business - regardless of where you happen to be at the time.
  • Mobile Phone for the Mobile Office | If you're like most of us, you spend a lot of time on the road getting from point A to point B. Why not take advantage of it? With a virtual phone system, you're a virtual business operation. With Bluetooth, you can communicate hands free too!
  • Going Global? | Need to stay in touch while overseas? No problem. With varying time zones, choose when to pick up the phone or type an email. There are pros and cons to communicating via phone vs. email and it pays to know the difference. Greece? Got you covered. New Zealand? No problem. Underwater expedition? Maybe not, but you get the picture.
Why should you care?

Flexibility is a primary competitive advantage in business - particularly for a small business where the owner wears multiple hats and is typically on the go. Learn how a start-up in the running shoe business used a virtual phone solution to grow his business.

Did you know?

...that Grasshopper offers a virtual phone service with powerful features to keep you connected from nearly anywhere in the world? This is also beneficial if you don't have a centralized office and your employees are spread out across town, the state, the country, or the globe. With Grasshopper, you have the freedom to work from anywhere and the confidence that you'll stay connected."

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Other Small Business Learning Topics:
Stay Connected | Going Virtual | Go Where Your Business Grows | Think BIG, Sound BIG | It's a Numbers Game

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