Industry sector: Business services

Accountant: Telecommunications

Your business will need at least one telephone line and, particularly if you plan to have several partners, may need more. You may also need a fax machine, possibly on its own line.

It's essential to have internet access and an email address. A website is an excellent way of advertising your practice and the services you offer. You may be planning to offer online accountancy services, either to complement your traditional accountancy practice or as an alternative.

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. Think about whether your business would benefit from a broadband internet connection and from services such as voice over internet protocol (VoIP). Shop around to find the best deal for the package of services your business requires.

You may decide that you need mobile phones for use in the practice. These can be useful for when staff are out on audit. Once again, there are many different deals available from different suppliers offering different options and payment plans. Shop around to find the best deal for your needs.

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.