Category Archives: Tools for Entrepreneurs

Set Up the Perfect Business Phone System in 4 Steps

June 25, 2019
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Not long ago, setting up a business phone system for your small business was a tedious and complicated process that often required expensive IT specialists or consultants. Fortunately, a lot has changed, and now freelancers, solopreneurs, and small business owners can choose from a host of easy-to-configure virtual phone systems. This simple, four-step guide will walk you through how to set up a new business phone number, start saving money, and get back to business in no time. 

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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 to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Mobile Office

April 8, 2019
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The idea of handling business from a smartphone isn’t new to anyone at this point. Emails, finances, note-taking, payroll, and more can all be managed from the pocket-sized device.

In fact, a Forbes survey found that 9 out of 10 executives use smartphones for business, and 10 percent of those surveyed said smartphones were their exclusive device for day-to-day decisions.

Everyone and their mother has one in their pocket these days, and it’s difficult to dispute the unparalleled convenience they offer. Your phone is always there, regardless of where your day takes you.

If you depend on a smartphone for even part of your business operations, it’s worth it to optimize what’s possible from your phone.

With a virtual phone system like Tresta, your phone becomes a bona-fide mobile office, putting your business communications entirely in the palm of your hand. Read on to find out just how easy it is to turn your smartphone into a mobile office.

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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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The 2 Tools That Will Reinvent Your Phone Experience

May 1, 2018
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If you’re a sole proprietor, your days are hectic. Marketing, accounting, sales, and administrative tasks fall squarely on your shoulders. While this gives you greater control over the operations of your business, it also requires plenty of time and careful attention. That leaves little time for answering calls, which are one of your leading sources for new business. Trying to juggle phone calls with the rest of your daily tasks puts you in a position to deliver a less-than-stellar phone experience to your callers or worse, send them to voicemail. Sending customers to voicemail regularly is egregious in any capacity, but even worse if you use a personal phone for business matters—it’s just unprofessional.

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Customer Communication: Knowing When to Call Instead of Hitting “Reply”

March 20, 2018
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There’s no denying it: hitting “reply” on an email instead of picking up the phone  is more often than not the route you want to take, especially on, say, a Monday morning. It’s fast, it’s easy, and quite frankly, dealing with every single issue that came across your desk with a phone call would get annoying very quickly. There are a lot of situations, however, where the personalized and conversational nature of a phone call is the better way to get your point across. Identifying when and how to best communicate over the phone is the key to optimized communication.

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2018 is the Year to Understand Cloud Communications

January 17, 2018
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Everything’s in the cloud these days. Almost overnight, a once fabled buzzword became standard in the zeitgeist of technology, though many people still aren’t sure exactly what it refers to—storing, accessing, or using an application through an internet connection rather than downloading it from software.

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How a Virtual Phone System Helps You Through a Hectic Holiday

December 8, 2017
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Ah, the holidays. Carols fill the crisp, winter air as leaves turn golden, then red, then fall to the ground. A familiar feeling of dread creeps into the back of your head with the approach of the most hectic season for just about any business.

Staying organized is paramount during the holidays, and it can seem impossible with tasks piling up on top of whatever personal obligations you and your team members may have.

While not easy, it’s certainly possible to stay afloat during the holidays, and a cutting-edge communication system will help.

A cloud-based virtual phone system like Tresta is packed with features designed to optimize how your team communicates and works together, and might be just what you need to survive the season without a hitch. 

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