Industry sector:

Organic farm: Telecommunications

Your business will need at least one telephone line to contact suppliers and handle general enquiries. You may also decide that you need a fax machine and an email address to receive orders from customers. Having fast internet access and a website of your own can be useful, particularly if you're planning to sell direct to the consumer. Many of the important agricultural forms and reporting systems have moved online so it makes sense to have a broadband internet connection as long as it's available in your area.

The telephone company will bill you every month or quarter for the calls you have made, often plus an amount for the line rental for the next quarter.

Many different internet service providers (ISPs) offer internet connections and email accounts. Shop around to find the best deal for the package of services your business requires.

You may decide that you need mobile phones as well as land lines. Again, there are many different deals available offering different options and payment plans to the user.

Various packages and discount structures are available to business users, which can help to reduce telecommunications costs. Contact your telephone company's customer services department for details.