It's an oversimplification, but remains true: businesses need to spend money in order to make money. However, there's no reason that a savvy business owner can't save on some of the things that he needs in order to run his business effectively.
It's imperative that your business is connected, so consider how you can go about saving money on high speed internet, for instance.
1. Shop Around
This applies not only for the service itself, but the equipment required to effectively use it. Internet Service Providers charge you a monthly fee for internet access, but there's no reason you have to use the devices that they provide. Some of them might be more cost effective, and there are tons of avenues you can go down to purchasing them.
Many times, the salesperson will try to get you to agree to have a service person come and install your new service for you. However, more often than not, there's no need for this. Chances are, as a business owner, you are likely to have someone already on your payroll that is versed enough in technology to be able to set up a simple internet connection.
Unless your building requires a major overhaul for service, save a few extra bucks by having your IT person install it, or even install it yourself.
3. Do your Homework
Make sure you know what your business needs in regards to internet access and speed. Trends are moving towards a much faster infrastructure as we usher in higher-tech systems to slingshot business into the next technological age.
Generally, though, unless your business has 15 laptops and tablets online at any given time, a smaller business might not need a 30+ Mbps plan to effectively run their business. Make sure you know what speed implies and what your personal business needs are with regards to it. There is no need to pay for something you don't need.
4. Physical Contracts
This may seem like a simple thing, but an alarming amount of people don't make sure to get all of the wild promises that salespeople make them in writing. Be sure to have a physical copy and that you read it carefully before signing. If the claims made by the person trying to sell you the product aren't true, it's much easier to dispute it with physical evidence than it would be otherwise.
5. Document Every Issue
It's easy to write this one off, but it's important to make sure to write down the time, length and consistency of every problem you have with your service. You sound much more credible when you say "There were six days in January that my service was not working." You are more likely to be reimbursed or get credit towards your next bill than if you were to just say, "I lost valuable workdays last month." The second is nonspecific and less credible than the first. It's easy to keep documentation of issues, there's no reason not to.
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Bio: Blake Sanders is Content Director for BroadbandExpert.com, the leading high speed internet comparison site. Blake shares a passion for fast internet and the latest in tech system developments. Blake is on G+ and can be found on Twitter as well @HighSpeedster.