The best small cities to start a small business

Editorial team

2 months ago

America has become the veritable poster child of the startup era. It’s hard to look at the surge of self-made billionaires across all industries within the US and their humble startup beginnings and not feel a certain amount of awe. Things around here show no sign of slowing down, and as the “land of opportunity, ” it’s unfair to only crown major metro areas across the country as the best places to find it.

Everything you need to know about business phone lines

Editorial team

12 months ago

Before you buy, learn more about business phone lines

Some small-business owners don’t know where to start when they’re looking for reliable and affordable business phone lines. Verizon gets it. Business phone lines can be a complex topic.

To simplify your decision making, we’ve created a useful guide that will help you decide how many business phone lines you need, provide you with some examples of phone needs in different industries, and explain the three types of business phone services currently available.

Verizon Shared Call Appearance

Editorial team

7 months ago

See how Verizon Shared Call Appearance can help create a smooth experience for your customers, whether your in or out of the office. Verizon Business Digital Voice offers more than 30 calling features, from basic voicemail to advanced features like shared call appearance that are essential for your mobile workforce.

7 ways businesses can expense IT purchases

Editorial team

12 months ago

Now could be the right time to buy.

As the end of the year approaches, cash-basis businesses will begin to look for ways to reduce their taxable profits for the year. Thanks to some very liberal tax laws written to encourage investment in personal tangible equipment, including information technology (IT) equipment, many businesses will be able to expense (write off as a tax deduction) all such purchases in 2017. However, the method you choose and the timing are critical, so careful planning is required. Check out 7 possible methods depending on your unique business needs.

Verizon Voice Portal

Editorial team

7 months ago

The Verizon Voice Portal feature is your one-stop shop for adjusting key phone settings on the go. Businesses get access to more than 30 calling features, such as Visual Voicemail, Music on Hold, and Shared Call Appearance with a Business Digital Voice business phone. Business Digital Voice is built on a reliable VoIP platform so it can grow and scale with your business. Business Digital Voice helps you stay in touch with your employees and provide your customers with reliable, fast service.

5 Tips to Win Big This Black Friday Cyber Monday

Editorial team

12 months ago

Is your business ready for the two biggest shopping days of the year?

Consumers love Black Friday Cyber Monday (BFCM), no question about it. Retailers, too, since Black Friday typically marks the first day of the year when retail companies go “into the black.” Over the Thanksgiving weekend last year, more than 154 million people went shopping. And according to a National Retail Federation survey, 44% of shoppers reported that they shopped online during that time. Of those individuals who said they shopped online, 74% did so on Black Friday. Here are 5 tips to help you prepare.

Verizon Visual Voicemail

Editorial team

7 months ago

Verizon Visual Voicemail helps you stay in touch with your team and give your customers the service they deserve. Learn more about Visual Voicemail and how it can simplify your communications. Business Digital Voice from Verizon delivers more than 30 calling features like Visual Voicemail. Plus it’s built on a tried-and-tested VoIP platform for reliable calling and easy scalability as your business grows.

Business internet vs. residential: What you don’t know could cost you

Editorial team

12 months ago

“Why should I pay so much for internet service?”

It’s a valid question, especially for small-business owners squeezing as much as they can out of every scarce dollar. With fiber broadband-wired neighborhoods popping up everywhere promising low cost pricing and high speed internet, the choice between business internet vs. residential seems simple. But is it? This article covers many of the differences between residential and business internet capabilities.

2018 small business growth spurt: Are you ready for it?

Editorial team

4 months ago

Own a small business? Here’s a question for you: Have you seen steady, promising growth over the past year? The National Federation of Independent Business ran a study this March that predicts 28% of small businesses expect to expand their enterprise as a whole. 20% anticipate higher sales during the fiscal year, and will be looking to hire new employees as a result.

We reached out to the small biz community to get a feel for the current atmosphere, and to get a sense of how businesses are approaching adding new employees to their team. ...

Verizon 2017 Black Friday online sales forecast

Editorial team

11 months ago

Online retailers are gearing up for another holiday season—and another Black Friday. But is Black Friday still one of the biggest shopping days of the year? We think so.

After crunching the numbers—and combing through last year’s statistics—we’re predicting a record-breaking Black Friday 2017. Our estimations include several million more online shoppers and millions of dollars in additional revenue to match. This article includes predictions that will help you prepare for the big day ahead.

Verizon Business Preferred: Your stress-free tech support.

Editorial team

4 months ago

DIY tech maintenance is a thing of the past.

Time is valuable, but to a business owner it’s irreplaceable. Why waste any of it on things that you shouldn’t have to do yourself? Verizon Business Preferred is the exclusive white glove tech support that will keep your business running by taking care of tricky tech fixes. You get nothing but the best features with Tech Support Pro, a Service Protection Plan, and Priority Call Routing.  

The secret to better service and productivity: Unified Communications

Editorial team

11 months ago

Take your business to the next level with Unified Communications

Your business can have innovative ideas, top-notch products, and talented people, but it will never reach its full potential if your employees aren’t communicating well with each other and with customers.

To thrive today, businesses need to stay in touch with their customers or clients, and they need to do so frequently. They also need excellent communication and collaboration tools. A modern, hosted Unified Communication system with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calling can help your business deliver better customer service and better employee productivity.

 

What you need to know about business VPN

Editorial team

3 months ago

What is a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, and provides security and privacy when connecting to the internet.

Normally, when you connect to the internet, you go through your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and your ISP can see what you’re doing. Most internet activity is innocuous, like looking up directions or reading the news, and ISPs generally monitor for things like malware and hacking attempts. When it comes to your business, however, you want what you access to remain confidential. This includes client and internal communications, financial statements, customer information, proprietary data, ...

Why your workplace should be wireless: Wi-Fi benefits for business

Editorial team

9 months ago

Today’s businesses no longer need to connect to the internet via cables that leave professionals chained to their desks. Wireless technology has made mobile first possible. Pew Research Center shows 77 percent of Americans owned smartphones in 2017—a dramatic increase from 35 percent in 2011.

People use wireless internet connections to communicate, work, and save money on data. Customers expect free Wi-Fi in-store and in waiting areas. Mobile commerce options allow your customers to bypass long lines, pay with mobile devices, and receive an overall better shopping experience.

Wi-Fi-enabled business devices keep your employees connected and operations running smoothly—which ...

Voicemail to text: a guide for business messaging made simple.

Editorial team

3 months ago

Have you ever been in a meeting and missed a time-sensitive call? Or been so busy that you forgot to listen to a message until hours—or even days—later? Worse than that, listening to patchy audio from a bad connection often (and frustratingly) means you’ll have to listen multiple times to get the message’s information. It’s an inconvenient yet somehow necessary cycle, as even in this day and age plenty of people get their dial game on and have no problem leaving voicemail messages.

How much bandwidth do I need for my business?

Editorial team

8 months ago

When deciding on services for your business, one of the most important is internet from a reliable provider. The question isn’t quite as cut-and-dried as just picking a provider and internet plan, though. Internet service packages are generally priced based on speed, and your speed is dependent on your internet usage. So how much speed does your business actually need? Read on to find out.

Verizon Fios vs. Comcast Xfinity: who wins the battle for better internet?

Editorial team

2 months ago

When it comes to internet the gauntlet is thrown down daily between service providers, each claiming superiority in speed, reliability, and the quality of the connection. Cable, once the long-reigning leader of the digital world, has been unseated and left in the dust by fiber-optic technology, the current unparalleled champion of telecommunications. For internet customers who are tired of cable’s antics, it seems impossible to find a solution that’s not… cable.

How safe is your state from automation?

Editorial team

7 months ago

Unemployment is currently the lowest it has been since the 2008 recession. With plenty of jobs available and several industries experiencing growth, things should be good, right? Maybe not. The positions and industries hiring on Glassdoor right now could be taken over by automation and artificial intelligence (AI) sooner than you might think. This article gives you more information to assess if your industry is safe from automation.

The ultimate guide to small-business internet

Editorial team

1 year ago

For being necessary to your business, internet can seem a complicated product to shop for: you know you need it, but you may not know who your choices are, what speed to choose, or what other factors are going over your head.

Verizon Voicemail to Email

Editorial team

7 months ago

Verizon Voicemail to Email, a key feature of Business Digital Voice, lets you send your voicemail messages as attachments to your email, allowing you to listen to them when you tackle your in-box—one of more than 30 features that in our business VoIP solution. Business Digital Voice from Verizon is a flexible VoIP phone solution for small businesses that offers powerful, enterprise-level features at an affordable price.

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