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Poultry farm: Telecommunications

Your business will need at least one telephone line to contact suppliers and customers as well as for other general business purposes. You may also decide that you need a fax machine and, with many of the agricultural administrative processes having been moved online, it is increasingly important to have internet access and an email address. If you plan to sell to retail customers you may decide to have your own website to advertise your farm or even to sell eggs and poultry meat online.

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.

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.

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