Take control of your wireless costs.
Most small businesses don't have a set policy regarding cell phone usage, according to New York City telecommunications consultant Stephen Farley. Consequentially, their monthly wireless phone bills vary wildly.
One management technique is to purchase prepaid cellular phone services. Paying upfront allows you to budget monthly. The prepay plans' tiered pricing structure also enables you to increase senior employees' cellular telephone budgets and give junior employees less airtime, says Stacy Swierenga of PrimeCo, a Dallas communications service provider.
How popular are the plans? "About 50 percent of our customers prepay," says Swierenga, whose company has 700,000 subscribers. PrimeCo's small-business customers can purchase prepayment cards in increments of $25, $50 and $75.
Adds Swierenga, "We're in the process of developing new options for business owners who want to control or budget spending for wireless communications."