3 Considerations For Choosing The Right Internet Service Provider For Your Home Business


Many people who run a business from home find their residential internet services just don't cut it. In some cases, you may just want a dedicated internet connection just for your business. This can help in several ways. It can even help you during tax time when you're writing off business expenses. But first, you must choose the right ISP for your needs.

1. Does the ISP Offer Services You Specifically Need for Your Business?

One of the main requirements for most people these days is speed. Most ISPs can provide a broadband connection of one type or another. Fiber optic connections are the fastest, with cable connections taking second place.

Not all home businesses need high speeds and bandwidth. You can get by with a satellite or DSL connection if your business only requires modest speeds. Besides, speed isn't the only criteria you have to consider for your home business.

Considerations Beyond Speed and Bandwidth

Some people only require a simple connection for their home business. You may want something different, or something extra. For example, you may need one of the following for your home business:

  • A business server that runs your VoIP phone or some other business equipment
  • Special equipment that requires you to have access to certain ports on your modem
  • A router that may lack compatibility with the ISP's equipment
  • A static IP address for a monitoring system you want to set up
  • A VPN and an ISP that allows a pass through for it

Knowing what you need can help you narrow your ISP choices. Not all ISPs offer all features. You don't want to find yourself with a service you can't use. You especially don't want to find out certain things aren't going to work while you're in the middle of running your home business.

2. Did You Look for Services Specifically for Businesses?

Many ISPs offer bundles specifically for businesses. Sometimes, the business offerings aren't always apparent on their websites or in their advertising. If you can't find the business packages, it doesn't hurt to call an ISP up and ask.

Some other ISPs may deal in business packages exclusively. No matter the case, it's important to search for ISPs operating in your area, and not just the big name providers. Some providers stay under the radar until you seek them out specifically.

3. Did You Ask the ISP about Fees and Support?

Many ISPs charge fees beyond the service price. These fees can include the installation, the visit from the technician, and equipment fees. Make sure you ask about what additional costs will come with your business connection.

In addition, you need to know how the ISP will charge for other things. For example, many ISPs offer free support, but may charge a fee if they must send a technician to troubleshoot. Make sure you ask questions and read all the fine print of the ISPs service level agreement.

Do a little homework and evaluate what the ISPs in your area offer. You may want to go with the first thing you see if the price looks appealing. However, you should take a closer look before committing. In this way, you will find the right ISP for your home business without having to go through a lot of potentially expensive trial and error.


4 November 2017

Don't Be Afraid to Change Your Internet Package

I recently switched my internet service provider. Once I switched, I was very happy with the speed and service. The internet moved so fast for me that I was on it playing games and messaging friends a lot more than usual. What I forgot was that I chose my internet package based on my past monthly use of the internet, which was low simply because our old service was so slow I didn't like using it much. I chose a package that was limited, and I realized my mistake when I used up all my plan data in just two weeks. Thankfully, my new provider allowed me to switch to unlimited mid-month. I created this blog to remind others to always keep an eye on their internet usage if on a restricted plan and call your provider if you need to change it.