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Phone Systems: Madness Abound

psCONFUSED OR ANNOYED BY THE INCESSANT PITCHES OF long-distance telephone companies? To use a phrase that was popular in 1934, the last time Congress overhauled the nation’s telecommunications laws, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

The 1996 telecommunications reform bill signed by President Clinton earlier this year will have a profound impact on home offices and small businesses. The legislation completely changes the landscape for wired and wireless communications, not surprising since most of today’s technologies were not even envisioned 62 years ago. But just how good is this news?

If all goes according to plan, the telecommunications system that has only recently yielded such handy home-office tools as call waiting, call forwarding, three-way calling, call return, auto redial and so forth–services that have long been available to big businesses at big cost–will soon enter a period of unprecedented innovation for …

Consolidate Those Phone Numbers!

ctpnCOMPARE YOUR PERSONAL AND BUSINESS LIVES. MOST people have one name, one Social Security number, and one home address. Now think of your business card: office, 800, fax, and cell phone numbers. You don’t suffer this kind of confusion in your everyday life. Why do you put your clients through torture to track you down?

Hoping to tame this number jungle, several long-distance phone companies are now offering lifetime, or 500 prefix, numbers. These follow-me phone services let clients dial a single number to rind you–no matter where you roam. Whether you’re in your office, at home, in a remote office, or in your car, calls get through to you. Say goodbye to clients dialing three or four numbers and not finding you.

Follow-me services save you time and (possibly) money by ensuring that your customers can easily and immediately

Getting Efficient: Master Tips For Time Management

mtftmWith a mere 1,440 minutes in a day, home-based workers need to make every second count. There’s no justification for getting lost online, struggling to stay in touch with clients, or sorting through junk that piles up in and around your computer. But these are the sorts of interruptions and hassles that plague just about everyone who works from home. It’s up to you make these daily disturbances go away.

Even if you think you run a tight ship, it’s tough to keep up with emerging technologies and time saving ideas that can slice the fat out of your daily routine. With this in mind, we interviewed computer experts, efficiency gurus, and home-office veterans to come up with a list of surefire ways to optimize your operation and increase productivity.

Who knows? With all the time you’ll save, you may …