Thursday, April 26, 2007

Three Calling Card Advantages: Business Use

You may not be surprised that the advantages of calling cards for businesses are similar to those for personal use. Lower overhead never hurts, though, especially in micro or small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs).

Advantage #1: Save $$$
Yep, this again. Business phone systems and services can be overpriced expensive, especially for long-distance calling. Calling cards save you money on each minute of your call and can be used from any phone. I know, by this time next year you'll be trying to write off all those calls, but wouldn't it be better to save the money in the first place?

A friend of mine has an increasingly successful web design business, but international clients (and talkative executives) have always meant high phone bills. (Trust me, there are details that can't be worked out over email, and you don't want to try to teach some of these folks how to use Skype.) Calling cards now save my friend more than a thousand dollars each year in overhead....

Advantage #2: Flexibility and Accountability (no pun intended)
As I said before, calling cards go anywhere you go. Sure, company cell phones do, too, but those also get lost, run out of minutes, go out of area, and sometimes "accidentally" make extended personal calls. Calling cards work from any phone, so your representatives can always stay in the loop.

Online account management allows an administrator to keep track of all the calls made from each phone card and to recharge the cards as needed. Keep track of your calls at a glance with instantly updated info that includes frequently called numbers and call duration - and without the complications or delays of other systems' reports.

Advantage #3: No Mystery Charges
In our new world of CPC bidding and user-generated content, we have to accept some mysterious things. Your phone bill shouldn't contain any of them, though. only offers clean cards with full card disclosure (never any connection fees or inexplicably missing minutes, just the mandatory taxes). You don't have to sign up for a service package or deal with overage charges, rate tables, or anything else; you can go back to spending your time on your clients rather than deciphering your phone bill. With auto-recharge, you don't have to worry about running out of minutes during a call, either.

Saving money and simplifying your accounting process? Sounds like a smart business strategy to me.

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