Ryan Bennion | March 17, 2017
How Small Business Becomes Easier With The Internet
How CenturyLink Makes It Easier to Start and Grow a Small Business
Small-business owners have always had to overcome a number of obstacles to get their companies off the ground, but Internet development has helped alleviate some of those growing pains. CenturyLink has taken that assistance one step further, offering a variety of products and services specifically designed to help small businesses take advantage of the web. Here’s a closer look at how CenturyLink’s Internet technology is making it easier, faster, and more affordable than ever to start and grow your small business.
Improved Customer Communication
For most of the 20th century, it was acceptable for businesses to communicate with their customers by mailing a letter or meeting in person. Today’s consumers, on the other hand, expect more from the businesses they patronize. They want to be able to connect with your company quickly — and if they can’t, they may take their business elsewhere.
CenturyLink offers a range of small business solutions to help your company connect with your customer base promptly and affordably. With CenturyLink® Hosted VoIP plans, for example, you can take advantage of innovative technologies like voicemail-to-email integration and find-me/follow-me call routing. This Internet-based setup effectively allows you to turn almost any location into a state-of-the-art workplace.
CenturyLink doesn’t just help businesses connect with clients — it can also help employees connect with each other, fostering teamwork and idea-sharing. Prior to the Internet, employees collaborated with co-workers and business partners in person, which may have required extensive traveling. Now, the Internet allows employees to attend virtual meetings and video conferences with people across the city, the nation, and all over the world, without ever leaving the office.
The key to successful online collaboration is a consistently fast and secure Internet connection. With CenturyLink® High-Speed Internet, your business gets a direct connection to CenturyLink’s dependably fast network. You’ll also be protected by online security tools, including anti-virus protection, pop-up blockers, and data backup. Plus, CenturyLink® High-Speed Internet comes with free Wi-Fi and access to Microsoft Office 365. Plans start at $29.99 per month for 12 months with a 3-year agreement for up to 12 Mbps. In some areas, CenturyLink even offers Business Internet with speeds up to 1 Gbps.
Convenient Storage and Software
In the past, small businesses stored everything from proprietary information to client contracts in filing cabinets. Then, discs, CDs, and external hard drives became common storage devices. While some of these methods still have value, the Internet enables small businesses to share and store huge amounts of data electronically via the Cloud. Additionally, software that may have been priced out of reach for small businesses is now quite affordable when accessed through Cloud technology.
CenturyLink’s suite of Cloud-based business applications include several web management applications that can help you run your small business like a large-scale corporation. You won’t be charged a license fee, and your applications will always be kept up-to-date. As an added bonus, these programs are flexible, scaling with your company as its needs change and grow.
Affordable Oversight and Service Bundling
Perhaps the biggest benefit of Internet development is that it has allowed companies like CenturyLink to expand their services, offering more comprehensive support for a bigger range of tools. CenturyLink® Managed Office, for example, is an enhanced small business solution that bundles Internet and VoIP phone services with a variety of Cloud applications. What’s more, with this package, CenturyLink takes care of all the technical details, including equipment installation, service management, and data backup with round-the-clock customer support — so you can focus on running and growing your small business.
Managed Office isn’t CenturyLink’s only bundled offering, either. When you bundle Internet and landline phone services, you can get a great price on both. Bundles start at $74.99 per month with a 2-year term for basic functionality and up to 7 Mbps, and they range up to $104.99 per month with a 2-year term for up to 40 Mbps. CenturyLink also offers a Triple Play package starting at $94.99 per month for 12 months with a 2-year agreement — a great fit for business owners looking to add TV to a waiting room or breakroom.
Internet development has made technology that was once only affordable to large corporations cost-effective for companies of all sizes, arming small businesses with the right online tools to compete in today’s competitive global market. CenturyLink provides everything your small business needs for success — high-speed Internet, advanced phone service, reliable Internet connectivity, and a variety of Cloud-based applications — all in one place. Reach out to a service representative to talk about your service and bandwidth needs today.