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Homeopath: Telecommunications

Your business will need at least one telephone line to handle calls from patients and to contact suppliers. You may also decide that you need a fax machine and it is becoming increasingly useful to have fast internet access and an email address. A website is a good way to advertise your practice and you may even consider offering an online consultation service.

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 web hosting, internet connections and email accounts. Shop around to find out what the best deal for you would be.

You may decide that you need mobile phones as well as land lines, especially if you decide to offer home visits that will take you away from the practice during the day. 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.