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We are excited to announce the new UniTel Voice Virtual Office Phone System is now available to all North American customers. As some of you know, the new phone system has been in beta since mid-July, and hundreds of UniTel Voice customers have been actively using the new system and providing feedback (thank you!). As of today, our new Virtual Phone System is available to all current customers (free to upgrade) and new customers trying UniTel Voice for the first time.

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  • Easily Find & Reserve Toll Free Vanity Numbers
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How To Get Cheap 800 Numbers

Even in today, 1-800 telephone numbers are still gaining popularity in the business world. They serve a number of purposes. With the help of these numbers, marketing and advertising becomes simplified. Additionally, customer satisfaction drastically increases because of the availability and accessibility that you create in the eyes of your customers.

By providing your consumers with a 24 hour service line, you will find that they respond to products and services that you sell better than before. The reason behind this is the ease of use of such products created by the constant availability of service that your business model provides.

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There’s No Such Thing as Unlimited Toll Free Forwarding Minutes.

There’s a good chance this blog post is going to tick off a few toll free service providers. Too bad. It’s time to call a spade a spade. The truth is no phone company actually offers unlimited toll free number service. There’s no such thing. BUT, unfortunately, there are some phone companies out there that are perfectly comfortable lying about it, and it’s pretty much legal to do so.

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The 5 Legal Documents Every Startup Needs

Picking out office space. Ordering business cards. Getting your website up and running. Putting together just the right team of people. There’s certainly no shortage of things to do when you’re starting a new business. But sometimes, in the chaos of launching a startup, it’s easy to overlook important legal aspects of your new business venture — which can have serious ramifications down the road.

When starting a business, there are a few legal documents that you should put at the top of your “to do” list. Let’s take a closer look at the top five legal documents your startup needs now:

Incorporation papers: To protect yourself and your family during the startup process, it’s important that you incorporate your business, setting it up as its own legal entity. By doing so, you’re providing yourself with an additional layer of legal protection between any issues that may arise and your personal assets.

The business structure you select will have an impact on the way you are taxed, so it’s important you are aware of the tax ramifications before you make the decision. Savvy startups seek out the counsel of an experienced small business attorney or accountant to not only help them determine the most advantageous business structure, but also to help them file the appropriate paperwork to make the business official.

Freelance work contracts: Whether you need a logo designed for your company, or want someone to code your new mobile app, it may make sense for you to turn to a freelancer to accomplish the task. When hiring a freelancer, it’s important that you protect your business and your interests with a freelance work contract. Spelling out things like work scope, payment terms and nondisclosure/confidentiality terms in a contract — before you get started — will help ensure that everyone is on the same page and will allow you to answer questions and work out potential issues before billing begins.

Additionally, ensure that your freelance work contract is crystal clear when it comes to outlining your business’ ownership of the intellectual property (IP) the freelancer is creating for you. There’s nothing that makes an investor more leery than less-than-clear IP ownership, so being able to prove you own the IP outright will help quell any concerns.

Client contracts: Just like with freelance contracts, it’s important that you have contracts with your clients that define the terms of your relationship and outline your recourse options if the terms are violated. But what if your clients are old friends and you’d feel comfortable doing business with nothing more than a handshake? Even then, it’s still a good idea to get in the habit of insisting on a contract. Just because you’re friends with someone doesn’t mean they’re the ones responsible for cutting the checks; nor does it mean they will be at that business forever. And in the event that a client doesn’t pay you for the services you rendered, a contract gives you the option to take legal recourse to collect your money. In many situations, just being able to reference the contract and threaten to pursue legal action is enough to get clients to do the right thing.

Trademark registration certificate: Many startups spend thousands of dollars hiring specialists to help them create a brand — from naming products/services to developing a logo and selecting a tagline — but then foolishly insist on taking a DIY approach when it comes to protecting that brand via trademark. The reality is that performing a trademark search on your own leaves you unnecessarily vulnerable to challenges and infringement accusations in the future.

Instead, make the smart investment and hire a trademark attorney to help guide you through the process. A dedicated trademark attorney has real-world experience with the trademark application process and can help you avoid many common trademark process pitfalls. Think of the money you spend on a competent trademark attorney as an investment in the security and longevity of your brand.

Buy/sell agreement: If you’re starting the business with a partner, it’s important that you outline what will happen in the event the partnership changes. Create a buy/sell agreement as part of your larger operations agreement, and in it address questions like:

      • What happens if one of the partners no longer wants to be involved in the business?
      • What happens if one of the partners is no longer able to fulfill his or her obligations to the business, due to personal issues, legal issues, etc.?
      • What happens if one of the partners dies?

It may seem unnecessary to draw up a legal agreement with the person you’ve been best friends with since eighth grade — but it must be done. Addressing these questions early in your startup life, rather than in the middle of a disagreement or a crisis situation, will give your business a better chance of navigating even the stickiest of situations.

Set Up Your Startup for Success
If you’re starting a new business, it’s important that you procure several legal documents early in the process. By incorporating your business, developing contracts for freelancers and clients, protecting your brand via trademark and including a buy/sell agreement in your operations plan, you’ll be addressing some of the top legal issues that startups often ignore— and you’ll be setting yourself up for success today and in the future.

 

Author Bio:
Josh Gerben is the principal of the Gerben Law Firm, PLLC, a firm that helps small businesses with trademark law and services. If you are looking to register your trademark, check out the many resources available on gerbenlaw.com.

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Startup Business Ideas Business Startup Ideas

Entrepreneurs are always coming up with startup business ideas. Some business startup ideas seem genius at first, and later don’t pan out, while others seem crazy right off the bat, and wind up making millions! At UniTel Voice we’re fascinated by Entrepreneurs and their crazy startup ideas. So we did some research and create an infographic describing a whole slew of (real) wacky startup business ideas that are not only ridiculous, but actually mad money. In fact, these outrageous products made millions. Without further ado, here’s an infographic highlighting five startup business ideas that will blow your mind:

Startup Business Ideas Infographic

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Cool, Creative, Innovative, Start Your Own Business Ideas

Every single day people type the phrase “start your own business ideas” into google. This phrase is searched about 880 times per month. The phrases cool business ideas, creative business ideas, and innovative business ideas are searched over 590 times per month. The fact is people all over the country are searching for start your own business ideas. The entrepreneurial spirit is ingrained in Americans’ DNA. For the American entrepreneur, a good idea can provide an immense amount of hope.  Even though the startup success rates are low, cool business ideas give people something to dream about. Dreaming about creative business ideas that can lead to obscene amounts of money is one way to escape the boring cubicle and nagging boss. And it’s the dreamers that create the innovative business ideas that change the world, even if the idea is a bit ridiculous.

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Entrepreneurial Ideas that Are Profitable

Good entrepreneurial ideas are profitable business ideas. However we’ve learned that good small business ideas don’t necessarily have to be useful to humanity to make money. If benefiting to humankind were the only qualification of great entrepreneurial ideas, there would be no pet rock or reality TV. If we’ve learned anything from researching the businesses featured in this infographic, it’s that great small business ideas can come from odd-yet-easy business ideas that make you say: Why didn’t I think of that?

Help your startup company sound and look more professional. Get a toll free number & virtual office phone system from UniTel Voice. You can get toll free telephone numbers with quality virtual PBX phone system priced & designed for small businesses and startup companies.

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7 Stages of Business Development

7 Stages of Business Development & Growth

Every day entrepreneurs all over the country start businesses. Some small business startups succeed and some fail.  Understanding the stages of business development will help you identify the critical success factors it takes to move your small business form a fledgling startup to a sustainable company. The infographic below outlines this “success factor” framework in 7 stages of business growth. As your small business moves through these stages of business development, it’s important to understand what to focus on (and what not to focus on for that matter).

7 Stages of Business Growth [Infographic]

7 stages of business growth infographic.

Source: Infusionsoft

Help your small business startup sound and look more professional. Get a toll free number & virtual office phone system from UniTel Voice. UniTel Voice offers quality 1-800 numbers for business use enhanced with cloud-based virtual PBX phone system quality priced & designed startup companies.

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Why the heck did we create an infographic about toll free numbers? Because we’re a boring phone company and we wanted to be found on Google.

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Okay, UniTel Voice is not a boring phone company. We sell cutting edge cloud-based phone services (toll free numbers and virtual phone systems) to small businesses and startup companies. We’ve even got a sweet iPhone app! However, we would admit the topic of toll free number service can be pretty dull. So when our marketing team came up with an interesting infographic on the subject, we were pretty darn impressed.

There’s a small business marketing lesson to be learned here.

The majority of our sales come from two places word-of-mouth (i.e. customers referring us to their friends) and online search (people finding us on Google).  The best way to increase customer referrals is by providing amazing customer service—and we’ve had that down since 1998. It’s the people finding us on Google part we are still working on.

toll free numbers and virtual phone systems quoteThere are two ways people find your business on “The Google”. You can pay to rank in search results, or you can create awesome content that organically ranks for free. Since most of our competitors are public companies that out spend us on paid search $100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to $1, we try to focus on ranking organically. So, how do we create awesome content that ranks organically in Google, especially when we’re selling non-sexy services like 1-800 numbers and telephone systems? We focus on our customers. Toll free numbers and virtual phone systems might not be sexy, but our customers are. These days there’s no hotter topic than startup companies and small business entrepreneurs. And that’s the topic we usually cover on our blog. So, why the heck did we create an infographic about toll free numbers? The answer is keywords. Like our competitors, we are desperately trying to rank for the keywords and keyword phrases we know our potential customers are typing into Google (e.g. “get a toll free number”). (Remember, we sell toll free numbers and virtual phone systems to small businesses and startup companies.) This was our best shot at making the topic of toll free numbers interesting, and in doing so, we hope it will increase our ranking for search results related to toll free numbers. How’d we do? We’d love to read your feedback in the comments section below. 

Help your startup company sound and look more professional. Get a toll free number & virtual office phone system from UniTel Voice. You can get a cheap toll free number with quality virtual phone service priced & designed for small businesses and startup companies.

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SEO and Content Marketing for Small Business

The case for content marketing for small business:

When people need to find something, a dentist, a place to eat, a product or service, where do they go to find it? They don’t go to a phonebook or the newspaper. They go to Google. Your customers go to Google to find the products and services your small business provides. Therefore, it is critical that your business invests in its SEO (search engine optimization) by producing quality online content. Content marketing for small businesses is critical for business growth because it is the key to not only being found on search engines, but converting online searchers into sales. The article below explains how good content ranks high in Google’s search, how it adds credibility to your company, and how it converts site visitors to customers.

Read more about content marketing for small business in this article posted by our friends at Duct Tape Marketing.

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Small Business Success Tips

If your anything like us here at UniTel Voice, you are constantly getting consumed by all of the ins and outs of your day-to-day business. It can be difficult to be an expert in everything, but you should never let your standards dip. This is why we enjoy John Taffer’s Bar Rescue so much. It’s great to see the progress he is able to make with small business owners by helping them get back to the basics and reminding all of us that sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees.

In his 30-plus years in the hospitality business, consultant Jon Taffer has rescued nearly 1,000 bars and many more restaurants from the brink of failure. He’s done it in part by employing high standards, emphasizing measurable results–and mincing no words about costly mistakes managers are making so they can correct them quickly and staunch the red ink.

Sounds so basic, right? Then why is it so hard to do–and why do so many fail at it?

“It is basic,” he said in an interview. “Keeping a bar clean is basic in this business. Having a staff that speaks adequate English is basic.” But miss out on these and other essentials–and just like that, “you get mediocrity.”

“Pushing for excellence is a fight,” he said. “You have to fight to hire the right employees, fight to get the supplies you need, to move line items around. Being a great manager means pushing to get those few extra inches every day. It’s almost like a football game – the team that wins sometimes wins by just inches. But they fought for every single one of them.”

Taffer drives these and other business strategies home on “Bar Rescue,” his Spike TV show, as well as in a new book, Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions. But his insights don’t apply only to the crew at the corner pub. He aims some of them at the managers in Washington and at the voters who hired them.

Here are some of his top small business tips:

Remember the faces of your customers–or risk losing them.

“A customer is not worth just $10–he or she is worth hundreds of dollars, thousands of dollars. In the restaurant business, when you deliver food to someone’s table, one of two things happens: The customer sits up, takes notice, looks over at his or her companion’s plate–or nothing at all happens. No business can allow nothing to happen.

“Consumers have many, many choices today,” he adds. “If you can’t build a relationship with your customers, you’re in big trouble. If you can remember the numbers from the reports and spreadsheets you spent hours poring over in your office, but you can’t picture the faces of your customers–you’re in big trouble.”

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