Whether you're running a small chain of restaurants, operating a doctor's office, or managing an auto parts store, a fast Internet connection has become an essential tool in managing a successful small business today. Are you using the power of technology to maximize your business connectivity and productivity?
At Verizon, we're always looking for ways to help our customers become Internet business-ready by adding value that helps their businesses grow and flourish. We understand that as a small business owner, you wear 1,000 hats, including that of future strategist trying to blaze a trail through a thick forest of trees.
Your task is two-fold: first, develop a comprehensive communication strategy that allows you to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. And, in the digital world, your competitors are no longer necessarily in the same town, but may be located across the country or globe. Second, equip your increasingly mobile employees with effective, game-changing technology that allows them to communicate with customers and suppliers 24/7, wherever they go.
In business today, the "new normal" for some industries is having employees or contractors located anywhere in the world from Indiana to India. It's also not uncommon for business owners and their employees to work from home full-time, part-time, or overtime. Some professionals, like real estate agents or contractors, are always on the go locally and need to have access to phone, Internet, and online apps from client locations, coffee shops, or their cars. Studies predict that these workers' need for connectivity wherever they go will only continue to grow.
Consider this: in 2011, there were approximately 1 billion mobile workers. By the end of this year, that number is expected to increase to 1.3 billion. What's more, almost 29% of the global workforce now works from multiple locations, accesses three or more devices, and uses a wide variety of apps, according to a 2013 Mobile Workforce Adoption Trends report from Forrester Research.
This sea change towards mobility and connectivity has improved work efficiency significantly. In fact, workforce productivity has increased by 10% since the year 2000 -- again largely attributable to the adoption of new technology, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But today's demand for instant connectivity and increasing reliance on the Internet is just the tip of the iceberg of what lies ahead. With tablet use predicted to triple to 905 million for work and home globally by 2017, the demand for business connectivity anytime, anywhere will only continue to grow.
To be successful, small business owners need to keep pace with technological advancements.
Technology watchers say that small business owners need to be ready to address a number of key trends that are emerging now, including:
With all of these digital moving pieces to consider, where should smart business owners start in establishing an action plan for anytime, anywhere business Internet service?
To remain viable players in their industries, small business owners need to make their business future-ready by harnessing the power of technology now to maximize their business connectivity and improve productivity in the future.
In fact, many business experts recommend that small business owners start with the basics. First, establish a secure network foundation that provides 24/7 access to information and applications--one that keeps your employees connected to customers.
Next, small business owners should choose a reliable, fast Internet service that allows their employees to share information quickly and easily, using voice, data, and video applications. Finally, they should invest in a wireless strategy that provides access in conference rooms, remote locations, airports, and customer sites--wherever their workforce goes to get the job done.
There's no doubt that running a successful business in today's fast-changing global workplace involves walking a fine line between meeting the demands of today and anticipating the changing needs of tomorrow.
In the new Internet-driven business market, the pace of business has never been faster, and expectations have never been higher. If your customers can't connect with your business the minute they want information through voice, Internet, or your website, it's likely that they'll move on to a competitor who can, and will, respond to their needs immediately.
This new Internet-driven world, driven by a rapidly-changing business climate and global competition, has created uncertainty and raised the stakes for everyone, but particularly so for small businesses, who often operate with limited resources and stretched budgets.
To help manage your growth successfully, select a powerful communication partner who can provide the cutting-edge technology, expert website support, and turnkey communication solutions you need to be "small business ready."
Small business owners who make the right choice will find that the results will show up where it counts: with increased orders, customers, and growth--and a healthy bottom line.
When it comes to connectivity and value, nobody beats Verizon, who offers customers the unrivaled performance of 100% fiber-optic Internet, blazing-fast speeds of up to 500/500 Mbps (in select areas), and unlimited data usage for their office and phone service.
The new FiOS Internet for Business upload speeds can save precious time, particularly when sending large files. For instance, sending a medical image such as a MRI, which is typically 100 megabytes in size, takes 53.33 seconds using an Internet upload speed of 15 Mbps. However, at 50 Mbps, that same file can be sent in 16 seconds; at 150 Mbps, it can be sent in just 5.33 seconds.
Verizon is the only provider to offer FiOS® Quantum, the small business owner's best choice for broadband. With a 100% fiber-optic connection straight to your business, it provides unrivaled Internet speeds up to 500 Mbps (download AND upload) that cable doesn't offer.
Verizon also offers its High Speed Internet (DSL) service to business customers. This gives small business owners a consistently fast speed (up to 10-15 Mbps downloads and 1 Mbps uploads) that can be counted on every day, with 99.9% network reliability.
Another first we're proud of: Verizon was the first in the industry to offer SpeedMatchSM, which offers equal upload and download speeds to send data as fast as it's received. Faster upload speeds save businesses valuable time when performing high-bandwidth activities such as:
Technology moves fast, and Verizon delivers a future-ready Internet, with the massive bandwidth that small business owners will need for tomorrow's new devices and high-bandwidth applications. Verizon offers a full suite of apps from Internet security, online backup and sharing, data protection to WiFi Hot Spots, websites, and merchant services. These tools can help protect, grow, and simplify your business.
Verizon's Mobile Workforce services allow you to conduct business using wireless devices running at 4G LTE speeds allowing your employees to be as productive when they aren't in the office. To learn more about mobile connectivity, check out Verizon Wireless solutions.
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