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How to offer 24/7 customer service as a small business—while still having a life


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Don’t have an IT team? No problem. Cloud-based communication vendors manage all the technology for you. Just tap into all the great features via the Internet using your phone or tablet or computer. It’s really that simple. 

The latest communications technology combines phone systems with video meetings and messaging, all in one app, which can help you deliver the service you need. It can also let you and your team have a life outside work. And not only are cloud communications solutions effective, they’re affordable, too. 

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1. What to look for in a cloud-based communications solution

If you’re looking for a communications solution to help with customer service, here are some factors to consider:

Message, video, phone, fax. All in one app.

2. How cloud communications creates work/life balance

The entire world has moved quickly to remote work. Remote workers can give your business the advantage of more flexible hours, so your customers can contact your business outside of typical work hours. 

However, while remote work can provide opportunities to offer flexible hours for your customers, it can also be a challenge to shift to a remote workforce. How can you ensure quick response times and professional service for your customers? 

3. Automate as much as you can

It’s important to make sure that when customers reach out to you, they get to the person who can solve their problems quickly.

Cloud phone systems have what’s called “routing systems,” which help connect your customers to the desired department quickly. Make sure your communication solution lets you easily set up phone answering rules, as well as forward and transfer calls. 

4. Let customers help themselves

Your admin tool should also help you develop simple communication rules that help customers help themselves so you can focus on more urgent calls. For example, find a solution that makes it easy to set up a voice-response menu when a customer calls you. Voice-response systems answer the call automatically and an automated voice gives customers options to help themselves, like checking store hours.

Set up communication solutions quickly and easily

If you’re feeling tired of your clunky communications system, it may seem daunting to add a new communications hub for your company. With RingCentral, you can set it up in hours, rather than days. 

RingCentral also offers the opportunity to: 

RingCentral gives you an affordable solution that combines all your communication needs in a single hub. RingCentral handles your communications with ease, so you’re able to spend time growing your business. 

Message, video, phone, fax. All in one app.

Originally published Jun 01, 2022, updated Dec 30, 2022

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