All posts by Jamie Lowary

4 Ways to Manage Your Remote Team More Effectively

June 19, 2019
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Increasing numbers of teams are working remotely, whether they’re working with a few external third party members like freelancers or if their entire team is spread out across multiple zip codes (or continents). This presents a new challenge that many businesses haven’t experienced before: how to manage a remote team as effectively as they would an in-office team.

Remote work offers a number of distinct benefits for employees and employers alike, but there’s no denying that it can make cohesive teamwork a little more of a challenge. Leaders working with remote teams need to adapt new strategies in order to manage their people more effectively. In this post, we’ll look at the 4 best changes you should make to get the best results with an out-of-office team.

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How to Achieve Work-Life Balance Using a Virtual Business Phone Number

June 12, 2019
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Do you run your own business or plan to soon? Congratulations, working for yourself is both liberating and fulfilling. You can work when and where you want to and you’re most likely spending your days doing something you love.

However, when working for yourself, the line between your professional and personal lives can get blurry. Very blurry. Assisting a customer at 11:00 p.m. is one way to provide great service, but not so great for maintaining work-life balance.

Work-life balance is essential to prevent burnout and to remain productive. It’s also important to your health. In fact, people working more than 55 hours per week are more likely to develop heart issues. Still, 66 percent of Americans feel like they don’t have work-life balance and 33 percent regularly work on the weekends or holidays.

How do you achieve work-life balance without compromising the health of your business? Having a separate business phone number with the right features can help.

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8 Affordable Tools That Allow You To Run Your Company From Anywhere

June 4, 2019
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70% of professionals work remotely at least once/week and around 50% of small businesses are home-based. Businesses are moving further away from the full-time traditional office setting, increasing flexibility and making for a happier workforce.

However, less water cooler talk and access to the supply closet stocked with 4 different colors of post it notes might also mean less tools necessary to run your business. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re thinking about working while traveling abroad or even if you want to bring on a team of remote employees, there are tons of robust and affordable business tools that will help boost productivity and keep your operation running smoothly.

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How a Toll-Free Number Will Benefit My Business

May 29, 2019
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Do you remember anxiously waiting until 9pm to call your best friend from camp across the country? It’s true, long distance phone calls aren’t nearly as much of a concern as they used to be, with most people shifting more towards cell phone usage instead of relying heavily on landlines, but toll-free numbers still play a prominent role in helping many businesses connect with their customers and vice versa.

But aren’t toll-free numbers a little 1998? Not necessarily. Originally, toll-free numbers were primarily used to help users get in touch with large businesses without getting hit with those long distance fees, but there are a number of distinct advantages they can offer businesses today outside of those original perks.

As you’re getting your business set up or scaling it to the next level and wondering how you want to handle all the incoming calls you’re expecting, consider toll-free numbers. In this post, we’ll look at why toll-free numbers are beneficial for both your business and your callers.  

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How to Get a Business Phone Number

May 21, 2019
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It seems like such a small detail, finding and choosing a business phone number, until it’s actually time for you to do exactly that. Then it’s clear that there are a number of different decisions and considerations involved in the process, and that there’s a lot of pressure to choose the right one.

What type of number should you get? What services and call features do you need? Do you want to be lugging around multiple phones, and how should you choose from the many providers and carriers out there?

If you’re currently in the middle of the decision making process, we’re here to help. We’ll take you step by step through the process of narrowing down what you need and want so that when you’re finding a business phone number, you’ll be able to choose the right one the first time around.

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A Guide to Virtual Phone Systems

January 9, 2019
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Technology has transformed the office from brick and mortar to anywhere you happen to be—the new office is a virtual office. As technology advances, your business phone system needs to keep pace, and increasingly, businesses of all sizes are turning to virtual phone systems.

How do you know if a virtual phone system is right for your business? What features does it offer? How do you select a virtual phone system provider? This guide will walk you through it all.

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What Is A Virtual Phone Number?

January 4, 2019
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Mobile technology has changed everything. More and more small business owners are leveraging the power of smartphones to run their businesses. But what about making and receiving actual phone calls?

Traditional business telephone systems are expensive and stationary, and your personal number is, well, personal. Virtual phone numbers offer a unique solution to this problem, offering the flexibility of mobile technology, while keeping business and personal numbers separate.

A virtual phone number is a number not physically tied to a dedicated phone line. It’s a cloud-based phone number that allows you to choose which device a call should route to. When someone calls your virtual number, you can take the call on any device, no matter where you are.

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What to Look for in a Virtual PBX Phone System

December 19, 2018
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A virtual PBX can transform your small business, offering increased flexibility, mobility, and efficiency while helping you improve customer service. For these reasons, the virtual PBX market is exploding. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out which one is best for your business needs.

A virtual PBX phone system uses the internet instead of traditional phone lines to make, route, and receive calls. Since this type of system doesn’t require any special hardware, you can use it anywhere, on any type of device: mobile phones, tablets, laptops, or desktop computers. This type of phone system also offers business phone features and typically costs a fraction of the price of a landline.

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We’ve released some cool new stuff!

December 12, 2018
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Some of the updates are major changes to existing features, others are minor quality-of-life upgrades, but all put together, they add up in a big way. All said, this is the best Tresta has ever been, and after months of hard work, we’re very excited to share it with you!

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What is a Virtual PBX?

December 6, 2018
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We’ve come a long way from switchboard operators and party lines. A traditional business phone system can be costly, not to mention the hardware equipment. Many companies, both big and small, are switching to a less-expensive, more beneficial option: the virtual PBX (private branch exchange).

A virtual PBX uses the internet rather than traditional phone lines so you make, route, and receive calls—all without the hardware of a traditional phone system. All at a fraction of the cost. And all with the capabilities of a traditional system, plus more. No, it’s not too good to be true.

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