What is the most essential part of a small business these days? While most people would say that it is money or customers, it is actually communication. In most businesses, without communication you have no money and you have no customers, it is simple as that. For the majority of small businesses, small office telephone systems are essential. Fortunately, not only can you purchase office telephone systems for small companies at an affordable price, you can also have many different features and advantages that were not available only a few short years ago.

One of the biggest advantages for the small business that has emerged in the last few years is the technologies that use IP networks to handle and route calls. In fact this technology has altered the telephone systems of businesses, large and small, in a major way. One of the reasons for this is that the cost of installing a small office telephone system has been drastically that used because they need for special equipment has been eradicated. There is no longer a need for a phone line in some cases. All it takes is for your staff to be Internet savvy. With only minor setup time, the small cost of installing these small office telephone systems can be within any small business budget.

The first thing that you need to do before you decide which small office phone system you are going to purchase is what exactly your specific needs are. You have to look at things like the size of your overall office space, the amount of telephones that you will need, whether you will be using a line connection or a virtual connection, will your telephones are going to be corded or wireless. You also need to decide on the level of security that you should have for your particular type of business.

Security is an important part of any business these days. I'm not saying that every business is open to industrial espionage, but it does make sense to protect your business with a minimal amount of security. It is very easy, and very affordable, for one of your rivals to get hold of a commercial scanner so that they can pick up your 900 MHz cordless telephone signals. You can overcome this by purchasing a telephone which uses 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz.

A system which is loaded with features and is reasonably priced is the small office telephone system manufactured by AT&T. This is the AT&T 944 telephone. This is an ideal telephone system for the small business because it doesn't require the services of a contractor nor do you do not have to purchase expensive hardware for the installation to proceed. This line of phones is a standard business telephone, in black, with standard keypad, four line buttons, and 12 memory buttons. It is a basic office telephone system which does not have a telephone answering machine; a stand-alone unit will have to be purchased in the event that you need any phone calls answering after hours.