VoIP Service Provider A vs. VoIP Service Provider B

Written by Gobala Krishnan

Copyright 2005 Gobala Krishnan

While doing research onrepparttar Internet, I realized that most people are absolutely confused when it comes to selecting a VoIP or broadband phone service provider. I can't say I blame them either, when you consider that there are now thousands of companies out there with as many different service plans.

What I often come across though, isrepparttar 148742 question "Is company A better than company B?". To be honest I have no idea how to answer that question. All I can offer is a simple guideline that can help you discoverrepparttar 148743 answer for yourself. Here it is.

1) Where isrepparttar 148744 company located?

Doesrepparttar 148745 location ofrepparttar 148746 company matter? Perhaps not, ifrepparttar 148747 service provider is located inrepparttar 148748 same country as you are. However, if you have been offered VoIP or broadband phone services offered by foreign companies, it probably WILL matter.

The danger in subscribing to companies that don't have a presence in your country, legalities aside, isrepparttar 148749 quality ofrepparttar 148750 service. Imagine making a call from Malaysia to your friend in Singapore. Now imagine your call being routed allrepparttar 148751 way torepparttar 148752 US or Australia before it is routed back to Singapore to completerepparttar 148753 call. Physically, this takes less than a second, butrepparttar 148754 consequences are sometimes obvious.

More often than not, you get a delay in your call. If you understand communication, you'll understand than even a one second delay before hearing a YES or OK can make allrepparttar 148755 difference in your sales talk or discussion. The solution?

Make sure your VoIP service provider has at least a few gateways located in your region, and most importantly, your country. This would reducerepparttar 148756 distancerepparttar 148757 call is carried and usually result in better call quality.

2) Arerepparttar 148758 call plans unique?

All VoIP service providers out there suffer fromrepparttar 148759 same symptom -repparttar 148760 need to differentiate themselves. That'srepparttar 148761 reason why you get 100 different plans from 10 different companies. Understand, though, that they are all basicallyrepparttar 148762 same thing.

So if water is water, how do you choose when you flip openrepparttar 148763 refrigerator door in that 7-11 store? Is itrepparttar 148764 color ofrepparttar 148765 bottle orrepparttar 148766 price?

The same question can be asked when choosing a VoIP plan. Choose what appeals to you, but don't get carried away by allrepparttar 148767 "Unlimited calls" talk. Understand that any VoIP provider worth their salt can offer you unlimited calls from one ATA (analog telephone adapter) to another ATA that they own, for free. However, consider this - how many people you know are using an ATA fromrepparttar 148768 same company you are?

Managing Your Home Based Online Business – 5

Written by Roy Thomsitt

In this series of articles so far, I have arguedrepparttar need to use management practices even if you have your own home based online business. The discipline imposed on yourself will eventually makerepparttar 148741 business stronger and more profitable. I have touched uponrepparttar 148742 need for good financial and marketing management inrepparttar 148743 last two articles, and will now discuss another area of management that affects all others: Time Management.

To anybody working in an office or factory, time management may well be something they hope to escape from by having their own business. A highly pressured executive may well feelrepparttar 148744 same. They could work at home, where they’rerepparttar 148745 boss, and they decide what to do and when. They could watch tv when they want, sit up in bed with their laptops, or without, and numerous other symbols of freedom from being an employee.

Of course, these things are all possible when you work from home. Of all types of home business, though, working online is probablyrepparttar 148746 most difficult to manage from a time point of view. Perhaps difficult isrepparttar 148747 wrong word. It’s actually easy. What is difficult isrepparttar 148748 high level of potential online distraction and having to resist it. Addrepparttar 148749 online distractions to those around you at home, and you haverepparttar 148750 ingredients for an awful lot of wasted time.

What Are All These Distractions?

There are many potential distractions online. Millions of them when you consider there are millions of websites, and millions of advertisements advertising those websites in often exaggerated, but tempting, ways. If you are trying to get traffic to your own website by surfing for advertising credits, you are particularly vulnerable to distraction, as you may spend a large part of your day being bombarded by advertising. Once you are drawn off into one tempting website, it can lead to others, then others and so on.

The same can be true of your email inbox. You may be signed up to various newsletters and ezines, you may be spammed, you may belong to safelists that require you to receiverepparttar 148751 owner’s emails. All or some may cause a distraction from your day’s business activity. You may reachrepparttar 148752 end ofrepparttar 148753 day and suddenly realize: “Hey, I’ve achieved nothing today.” That can be a demoralizing feeling.

Offline there are many distractions too: you may have children around, your partner may want your company, you may want to laze inrepparttar 148754 garden asrepparttar 148755 sun’s come out forrepparttar 148756 first time in days. There are endless possibilities, depending on your own circumstances, interests and weaknesses. You need to be very much aware of what your own distractions are, and then manage them according to your business, domestic and personal priorities.

How Do You Manage Your Time?

However you manage your time,repparttar 148757 first part ofrepparttar 148758 process should be to:

• Decide whatrepparttar 148759 essential elements are for developing and growing your business, steadily and profitably.

• Consider your domestic and personal situation. Now you have your own home business, you have a chance to build into your daily routine activities that will enhance your own happiness and that of your family. This is a great opportunity. Makerepparttar 148760 most of it.

• Take some quiet time and reflect onrepparttar 148761 first two items. Let them meld together in your mind and visualize how they can be brought together to make your perfect day/s.

Whateverrepparttar 148762 outcome ofrepparttar 148763 above three steps,repparttar 148764 result is not set in stone. You can change and adapt according to experience, but for now use this as an exercise in getting into a time management frame of mind.

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