VoIP Service Provider A vs. VoIP Service Provider B

Written by Gobala Krishnan

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Making unlimited calls to regular phones, though, is an entirely different ball game. Not everyone can offer you this. Vonage for example, can offer you unlimited calls in their business package, to US only. For unlimited calling to Asian countries,repparttar only company I know of that can do this is TelExtreme. Here's a complete "VoIP A vs. VoIP B" type of comparison chart if you really need it: http://www.mybusinessvoip.com/compare

3) Quality - who ownsrepparttar 148742 technology?

I am not an advocate of buying fromrepparttar 148743 company that everyone is buying from. You know, companies like Vonage and AT&T CallVantage. I'm not an advocate of "followingrepparttar 148744 crowd", but in some cases,repparttar 148745 crowd may have a point.

Most ofrepparttar 148746 smaller VoIP providers don't ownrepparttar 148747 technology. Why should they, when they can getrepparttar 148748 whole deal at wholesale, and all they need to do is put their brand on it? This works forrepparttar 148749 short term. Forrepparttar 148750 long term, however, such companies have no way of ensuringrepparttar 148751 stability or quality of their service.

Bottom line - find out ifrepparttar 148752 VoIP service provider owns any, or all, ofrepparttar 148753 technology behindrepparttar 148754 service they provide. A "cut and paste" company comprising of different ATA manufacturers, different call routers and different gateway providers may not survive in a few years whenrepparttar 148755 VoIP industry matures. You can count on that!

4) What’s in store forrepparttar 148756 future?

In plain words, why spend on a VoIP provider that is limited to just making calls, especially when many of them already have video and data applications inrepparttar 148757 works? Packet8 already has their own video & voice over IP plan, and many others will follow suit. “Triple Play” as it is called, will soon be available, so make sure that your VoIP service provider has this in store for you. More importantly, it should be available at little or no extra cost.

Gobala Krishnan is a small business entrepreneur and publisher of the "VoIP and Me" newsletter, designed for smart entrepreneurs who want to avoid all the technical jargon and get straight to the information that really matters. Learn how you can drastically cut communication costs by 70%, get more customers and expand to new markets using VoIP at http://www.MyBusinessVoIP.com

Managing Your Home Based Online Business – 5

Written by Roy Thomsitt

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Now that you know what you need to focus on, start to put a bit of pressure on yourself. Not major pressure; that would be counter productive. Start to structure your future, whether one day, one month or one year. Set yourself achievable targets each day, week and month; a list of tasks that you need to do to help your business and you to grow. I use a good old fashioned diary, just to get my eyes away fromrepparttar screen a while, atrepparttar 148741 beginning and end ofrepparttar 148742 day, and at intervals as each task is completed. Here are a few tips that I try to stick to:

• Set out a series of tasks to do each day. Make sure they are achievable.

• If you have any regular daily, weekly or monthly tasks (you should have), build them into your diary in advance so they do not get forgotten. For example, I do a daily Blog. That’s there in my diary every day ofrepparttar 148743 week. You will need time set aside to consider finances. Put it in your diary in advance.

• If you have a long task to do, split it over a few days, rather than spend a whole day onrepparttar 148744 same thing. If it can be split into sub-tasks, allrepparttar 148745 better. For example, if you’re building a website, you may be able to split it into content headings or pages. Give yourself an achievable amount to do each day, allowing time for other things.

• Try to include one task per day that involves you increasing your knowledge and expertise. For example, if you have a new instructive ebook to read, set aside some time each day for it until finished. When finished, note in your diary to check on your implementation of suggestions you want to adopt. The same goes for new software and other new technology. A steady build up of knowledge can be planned for just by putting these things in your diary and sticking torepparttar 148746 plan. Trying to master something new all in one go may cause unnecessary frustration and weariness.

• If you really must surf for advertising credits, do that as your last set task ofrepparttar 148747 day, otherwise you may not achieve as much as you would have.

• If there’s something you can do away fromrepparttar 148748 computer screen, try to plan for it. For example, if you need to plan website content or write an article, you will benefit from at least thinking ofrepparttar 148749 main points by relaxing. If it’s warm, sit inrepparttar 148750 garden, somewhere to give you a break fromrepparttar 148751 computer.

• If you think you will benefit from so doing, userepparttar 148752 same diary to schedule in domestic activities too. Don’t forget, this is your home business. The home and your family are part of it. If you want to takerepparttar 148753 children torepparttar 148754 beach after school, schedule it in. You can do that and still achieve something for your business that day.

• If you find that a task cannot be completed, or its priority should be lessened, don’t try to force yourself to do itrepparttar 148755 day first scheduled. Reschedule it for another day.

Time management is a very personal thing, especially when you have your own business at home. I am sure you can adopt your own techniques that suit you best. The most important thing to remember, though, is that time needs to be managed. If you’re alone inrepparttar 148756 business, time is a major limiting factor. It is important you makerepparttar 148757 most of your time, and for your own morale, to end each working day feeling you’ve achieved something.

Roy Thomsitt is the owner of the home business websites http://www.change-direction.com and http://www.home-working-start-up.com

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