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Car valeter: Telecommunications

Your business will need at least one telephone line to accept bookings, contact suppliers and handle general enquiries. It's essential to have internet access and an email address. A website of your own is an excellent way to advertise your business.

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 providers offer internet connections, email accounts and website hosting. Shop around to find the best deal for your business.

You may decide that you need mobile phones as well as a land line, particularly if you intend to run a mobile valeting business. 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 and to make sure that you're getting the best deal they offer.