So you have a startup business and you need to have internet access, what internet connection plan should you be getting? What is the appropriate internet service for you?

Obviously, the answer depends on what you will be using your internet service plan for. It’s all about meeting your needs while taking into account the pros and cons of the different options available. It will be difficult to come up with a checklist to help you decide on what broadband plan to get so what’s presented below are just tips, independent from each other, to serve as guides in your decision making.

  • You most likely need internet connection.

Before anything else, you need to accept the fact that businesses nowadays need the leverage of internet connection. There are too many advantages of putting your business online that it does not make sense thinking of internet connection as a luxury or something you don’t include in your priority list. Even if your business is just home-based, it is still advisable to get a stable home broadband internet connection to take advantage of the many benefits of bringing your business on the web. You will need your internet connection to both serve customers and acquire new ones.

  • There is no general formula when it comes to choosing a broadband service for your business.

Find one that suits your business and is cost-efficient. Evaluate your needs and compare your needs to the available plans. You have to be mindful of your usage before making any decision. Estimate the amount of data you get to consume every month so you can match your total monthly requirement to the available plans. Bear in mind that broadband plans can be limited or unlimited. You have to know how much data you will be using every month so you can decide if a limited connection is enough since it’s a cost-efficient option. You can try online bandwidth estimation tools like this (you can easily find other similar tools online) so you can see actual numbers to work with.

  • Ensure clear service contract terms and service reliability

. You should always have a clearly-presented contract for the broadband service you are choosing, and all of the terms stated therein should be clear and cannot be interpreted in other ways. You have to ask for clarifications in case there are terms that seem ambiguous to you. Additionally, the internet service plan you should get has to be something with a proven track record of reliability. It’s impossible for the internet service to have 100% uptime but you have to choose something that is close to not having any downtime. Ask for recommendations from people you know. You may use the reviews of ISPs you find online but be sure to verify the information you get as many of these reviews are paid by ISPs to write favorable comments that implicitly recommend their service.

  • Choose flexible options

. Sometimes, you couldn’t be sure if you should get a limited or an unlimited service, or you can’t ascertain which plan (with a particular data cap) to choose. It is advisable to go for a service that allows you to quickly get “add-ons” in case you need more data. The add-on should be promptly given. Avoid companies that take more than 24 hours to grant your request for an add-on. Likewise, it is better to choose a service provider that allows you to downgrade your plan with less fees (or none at all). Downgrade and contract pre-termination fees are mostly inevitable but you always have the option to go for a company that charges low on these fees.

  • Ascertain good customer service

. You have to ensure that your concerns will be promptly addressed. Make sure that you are choosing a company that quickly responds to inquiries and acts on complaints or requests. Moreover, the technical support team has to be competent and knowledgeable. What’s the use of technical support if the support staff can’t provide the solutions you need in a timely and efficient manner? A good customer service will save you from loss of money in time, due to internet blackouts that cause you to miss out on work.

Wired or wireless? It actually doesn’t matter if you choose a wired or wireless connection as long as you make sure that you choice meets the points mentioned above. Before, almost all pundits suggest sticking to wired connections if possible. Nowadays, though, with the advancements in broadband technology, including wireless infrastructure, the reliability of both types of services are almost comparable. There are even times when wireless services are better because they are easier to fix in times of disasters since there are no wires and posts that need to be fixed to restore service.

In summary, the recommended internet connection for a startup business is something that is reliable, cost-efficient, flexible, and suitable for your needs. It should also come with good customer service. All of which need to be assessed by you based on your needs and the availability of services in your location.

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