Twenty years ago it was far more difficult to pursue a work at home career. Except for the use of specialized telephone equipment and an 800 number, if you worked at home you would’ve been on an island. No internet yet. No email yet. No Skype. Your phone and your traditional mail box were your only means of communication if you worked at home.
Now, of course, there are tons of ways to communicate with each other if you work at home on a ‘virtual team’ with an invisible boss. You email each other. You work simultaneously on your company’s website. Many software programs allow virtual teams to work together. There’s even video conferencing and Skype to have virtual meetings.
Those 800 numbers that gave you your freedom and let you work outside that stuffy office still work great, but what if your work at home job requires you to call outside? According to the work from home experts at Work-from-home.orghaving internet phone or VoIP can be a great asset to you if you want to work from home.
“There are many different instances in which having VoIP (internet phone) can be very helpful to one’s career in a virtual world”, says Ken Arnold of Work-from-Home.org, “and the number of those instances are growing.” According to Work-at-Home.org, there has been a dramatic interest in switching to internet phone in the work from home or telecommuting community.
If you have your own home business, for example, switching to internet phone can mean huge savings to you in long distance charges and monthly fees. One home business owner who had four phone lines reduced her monthly phone service charges from $253 per month to only $75. Additionally, by switching to VoIP phone service she discovered that she was able to take her business on the road far more easily. In fact, from anywhere in the U.S. she could simply plug in her VoIP box and plug in one of her regular business phones from home, and had the same phone service she was used to when sitting in comfort at her own desk at home. She could take sales calls from her hotel room without having to use her cell phone which offered few features to help her manage her time.
With the popularity of internet phone now, the traditional phone companies that once enjoyed charging you a small fortune for all those additional call features are now chomping at the bit to get you to switch back to them and use those same features at much less cost or free, but why go back? VoIP service gives you TONS of features that are helpful if you work at home and most of them are free.
Work at home Internet Phone Features
- Multiple Voicemail Boxes
- Anonymous Call Block and Caller ID Block for privacy
- Additional phone numbers at minimal or no cost.
- Phone numbers to give to clients so they can call you FREE.
- FREE or very low cost UNLIMITED long distance
- Unique rings for each type of phone call, or caller.
And much more. A qualified VoIP broadband phone provider can help you understand how their many call features can benefit you if you work at home.
Internet phone service can help your business run more efficiently, run at less cost, and afford you, as the owner, more privacy and security.
What if you have a work at home job?
If you work at home as an employee or contractor for someone else and don’t own your own business, you can still take advantage of the many features internet phone has to offer. You can keep your personal calls distinctly separated from your business calls and/or select different rings for different kinds of calls. (Nothing is more unprofessional than having your work line answered by someone that doesn’t work for the company.) You can add voicemail boxes to manage your time better. If your work at home job pays based on performance and your work involves calling long distance, you can essentially give yourself a raise by reducing your phone service AND long distance costs while still earning the same amount of money in your paycheck.
Another great source of work at home information is MoneyFromHome.com which publishes a list of more than 1000 scam-free work at home jobs. According to thatwork at home job source, some of the work from home jobs that benefit from having internet phone include: home-based sales positions, telemarketing, inbound and outbound customer service, help desk, researchers, coordinators, dispatchers, reservationists, verification agents, virtual supervisors, quality assurance agents, and service shoppers (mystery shoppers that check out customer service operators).
Since VoIP phone services are often direct billed to your credit card, you won’t even have to take the time to write a check to that old Bell service anymore.
So if you’re serious about working at home, consider the many features of internet phone.