Five reasons your microbusiness might need an unlimited internet package

May 17, 2018 Vickie Reichardt
@vickie-reichardt
Technology - May 17, 2018

Five reasons your microbusiness might need an unlimited internet package

If you’re performing these data-intensive tasks, it could be time to upgrade

When you hear the words “unlimited internet,” you might think it’s something only large companies need. But even microbusinesses – those with only one or two employees – can find themselves without enough data to perform common business tasks.

With an unlimited internet package, you get the benefit of limitless data usage, which allows you to upload, download, stream, collaborate and connect with ease – and without having to worry about each megabyte of data you consume. Unlimited usage packages are offered at with different tiers of upload and download speed, ranging from, say, 50 Mbps to 1 Gbps.

Not sure if your microbusiness needs an unlimited internet package? Ask yourself the following five questions – if you answer “yes” to even one, you might want to consider upgrading.

1. Do I regularly upload, download or transfer large files?

Whether you’re storing your company’s information in the cloud, performing routine system backups or sharing presentations, videos, photos or entire projects online, you’ll be consuming large amounts of data. With an unlimited internet package, you can perform all of those tasks and more, and never incur overage charges.

2. Do I connect/collaborate with my colleagues and clients via videoconferences or online?

More and more businesses are opting to communicate with clients and remote workers via videoconferencing instead of in person or over the phone, but hosting a videoconference can eat through your monthly data allotment very quickly. Likewise, collaborating and communicating using cloud-based productivity suites requires bandwidth, and having an unlimited internet package helps you get the job done without running out of data in the middle of an important meeting or task.

3. Am I considering adding more staff?

Maybe you’re a “solopreneur” and you’re finally ready to add an employee, or maybe you run a rapidly growing two- or three-person operation and need to hire extra staff – whatever the case may be, more people using your network means a greater demand for data. Thankfully, an unlimited internet package means you always have enough, no matter how many employees are uploading, downloading and streaming, or how often. You may have to increase your bandwidth as you grow, however, to maintain the transfer rates and performance you need.

An unlimited internet package means you always have enough, no matter how many employees are uploading, downloading and streaming.

4. Do I offer free Wi-Fi to my customers, or am I planning to do so?

Increased demand for data doesn’t always come solely from you or your staff – if you offer free Wi-Fi to customers, their online activities will consume your data while they sit in your waiting room, shop at your store or dine at your café. With an unlimited internet package, your customers can use your Wi-Fi without it impacting your internet bill.

5. Do I like to stream music while I work?

It’s often the seemingly benign online activities that unexpectedly wind up consuming surprising amounts data. Streaming music or other entertainment all day – either just for yourself or for your entire workplace (e.g., in your waiting room or restaurant) – means you’re also consuming additional data all day, and that can quickly add up. With an unlimited internet package, you have enough data for you and your clientele.

To find out how an unlimited internet package can help your business do more, click here!

 

About the Author

Vickie Reichardt has been the managing editor of Rogers Connected for Business since 2011, and has profiled numerous small businesses in Canada. She is also a contributing editor at connectedrogers.ca.

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