Starting a business can be an exciting, if not nerve-wracking process. There are so many details to figure out, from payroll to ordering to staffing, that one important detail can sometimes get left behind— a well-fitting small business high-speed Internet plan.
Working at Stephouse Networks, I’ve talked to a lot of local Portland, Oregon and Washington small businesses whose internet plans just don’t match their workload. There aren’t necessarily any technical problems, it’s that their plan just doesn’t quite fit.
A mismatched Internet plan can affect the day-to-day workings of a business more than most people realize. It’s crucial to have a small business high-speed internet plan that matches your needs to keep your operations moving.
Let’s take a look at some of the major factors to look at when choosing between Portland small business Internet service plans, and some examples:
There are a few major things to consider when selecting Portland small business Internet service plans, and what kinds of things they’ll be doing. These two factors, more than anything else, determines how much bandwidth a business needs.
How Many People?
A “small business” means something different depending on who you talk to. I worked at a business where I was briefly one of two employees, (it’s hard to get much smaller than that!), but a “small business” can be much bigger.
The thing to consider is that the more people using an Internet connection, the more bandwidth is being used. Typically, bandwidth usage will grow linearly; that is, if one person needs 3mbps of bandwidth to do their work, then two people will need 6mbps, and so on and so forth.
Your mileage may vary depending on what kind of workloads people have, which brings me to my next point.
What Kind Of Work?
What kind of work you do has an enormous impact on how much bandwidth you need. In a previous post on this blog, we looked at how much bandwidth different types of activities take up, but the kinds of needs that businesses have cover a much wider range of usages.
You may be a small shop that uses a connected point of sale system, or maybe you’re a creative agency that makes heavy use of things like Photoshop. Or you could be working in an office environment and want to use voice over IP (VoIP), or you could be running a cafe that makes Wi-Fi available for your customers to use.
You get the idea.
Folks do lots of different things with their internet connection, and each usage takes up different amounts of bandwidth. The important thing is to be aware of what you use the internet for, and how much bandwidth that uses.
We have a few tips on how much bandwidth common programs use. Check it out.
If All Else Fails . . .
Thinking about how many people and what kind of work you’ll be doing will help guide you in the right direction when it comes to figuring out what kind of internet plan works best for your business.
However, keep in mind that these are more general guidelines than absolute rules. If you’re unsure about what kind of speeds would be right for your business, Stephouse Networks would be more than happy to help you figure out which one of our business plans is best for you and your small business.
And with many of our business plans, there are no contracts, meaning that your internet plan can grow as quickly and be as flexible as your business can.