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Chinese catering: Telecommunications

Your business will need at least one telephone line to contact suppliers, receive customers' bookings and take-away orders, and so on. It's essential to have internet access and an email address. A website is an excellent way to advertise your business.

You might decide that you need business mobile phones as well as landlines, particularly if staff are going to be out delivering take-aways.

The telephone company will bill you monthly or every 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.

Various packages and discount structures are available to business users which can help to reduce telecommunications costs. Contact the telephone company's customer services department for details - and to make sure that you're getting the best deal they offer.