When it comes to business internet, how you use it is every bit as important as how fast it is. Every business internet package isn't created equal, but you can get the best out of most internet packages by following the same tried and true tips we always recommend to our customers. The best part? You don't need to be a SAAS company or understand the inner workings of your particular plan in order to maximize its potential. These tips are straightforward, easy to implement, and work great in just about any situation!
Make sure you understand what kind of performance your plan should provide.
Choosing an internet service plan can be tricky. Understanding how much speed will work, assessing the cost and value of what you want, and figuring out installation is enough to give even the most savvy business owners pause. It's important to remember, though, that choosing and buying the plan is only half of the process. In order to get the most out of your internet setup, you need to understand what to expect. To do this, turn to community forums and reviews to get an idea of what speeds have worked for others, what the experience was like after a few months of setup, and whether customer service and support was reliable and helpful. Then, turn to the internet service provider to ask questions and ensure you understand what you're paying for.
Consider supporting equipment that makes sense.
While internet service from a reliable ISP isn't always the cheapest thing in the world, many supporting products and programs can be both affordable and incredibly useful. Spotty WiFi service in one area of the office? Consider a WiFi extender. Slower speeds on one particular section of office computers? Consider updating the operating system, or use a site like FAST.com to determine why. When it comes to WiFi in particular, sometimes simply switching out the router for a mesh system can be all that's needed to drastically increase speeds. Don't forget to leverage helpful resources like free consultations and expert analysis from your ISP as well. Many providers offer 24/7 technical support and can help you choose the right placements or configurations for optimal internet speeds.
Optimize your workflows for more efficiency
While many teams use group messaging, planning and productivity platforms to streamline their work, they don't always consider the practicality of these services when it comes to their internet speeds and efficiency. Three different messaging platforms for three different areas of the company may make sense in theory, but if any or all of these messaging platforms are resource-heavy, it may be wiser to invest in one robust tool instead. Optimizing your workflows can be a little tricky if you're already knee deep in processes, but taking a little at a time and finding ways to streamline can truly be a game-changer when it comes to maximizing your internet's productivity.
Conditioning your team, workflows, and processes to help your internet work smarter, not harder is an involved task that takes time and patience. However, when you consider both the time and cost savings of fast, powerful internet, it's almost always a task worth diving into!