When procuring any product or service that is vital to your business, you clearly need to take your time and establish a strategy that will help you make the right decision.
In terms of business broadband packages, there is certainly the potential to choose the wrong package and end up paying for your mistake over a significant period. To help you avoid the major pitfalls, it is best to highlight them and establish the probable costs of choosing the wrong business broadband bundle.
Modern businesses will need to use a network connection for a wide variety of purposes, from getting in touch with clients to downloading software updates and accessing vital apps and data in the cloud.
As such, you need a broadband bundle that can handle data-intensive tasks and operate adequately in a multi-user environment when several people will be sharing the service at the same time throughout the day. For this you need a broadband package that offers connectivity that is both fast and consistent. Without this, you could find productivity levels taking a hit and you may end up losing out on business opportunities.
This reveals the potential costs of choosing the wrong broadband bundle for your business that only become apparent after you have committed to a service.
Business broadband packages may come with usage limits, or if they are advertised as unlimited then there could be a fair use policy which dictates its own restrictions. While bundles with usage caps may seem appealing from a financial perspective, since they are cheaper than unlimited deals, picking one might be a problem.
If your company reaches the monthly limit early, you will either have to halt all broadband-based activities until the start of the next billing period or pay through the nose to unlock additional usage. So either your productivity will nosedive or you will be faced with a larger bill from your provider, which means in both instances you will have to pay more.
Perhaps most problematic of all is the idea that once you sign up for a business broadband package, you will probably be committed to it for a fixed minimum period, which will last at least 12 months and will often extend further on the most affordable packages.
This is not an issue as long as you are happy with the features of the service and the quality that is offered by your provider. If you have made the wrong decision when picking a package, however, getting out of the contract early will almost certainly be a costly process.
Overreaching Package Problems
Finally, while you might find that a restrictive business broadband package is a costly proposition, you can be equally hampered if you tie yourself down to a deal that is far too comprehensive.
Your business may not need a high-end fibre connection, unlimited downloads and all the bells and whistles to match. But if you are convinced by a savvy-sounding salesperson that this is exactly what you need, you could end up with an expensive bundle that is surplus to requirements.
In short, there are plenty of ways to sleepwalk into a broadband service that just does not fit in with what your business needs from one day to the next.
It is sensible to learn from the mistakes of others, take heed of these warnings and make sure that your company is not the one that has to bear the cost of a badly chosen broadband deal. Hopefully you will be in a better position to pick wisely and start enjoying a connection that is tailored to succeed.
The author, Jamie Garner, works for Daisy Group, a leading independent provider of telecommunications and broadband solutions.