Running a successful business takes a combination of intelligence, intuition, aggressiveness, and paying attention to those things that are key to making sure your business is prepared to succeed. If you asked the average entrepreneur what is most important about his business’s success he would point to keeping customers happy and having committed employees.

In terms of employees, who you select will make all the difference. Having employees with a great work ethic and passion can lead you down the path to success. In the age of the Internet, they also need to be best prepared to compete against a worldwide set of competitors. This demands that you give them Internet based tools that position them to flourish.

There are many available but some are more helpful than other. Here are two that employees can use to increase your company’s success.

A Hosted PBX Phone System

A hosted PBX phone system sometimes called Virtual PBX or VOIP phone system utilizes the Internet to supply phone lines and services. These phone systems are cost effective, easy to set up and expand, and very quick to put into operation at any business.

Virtual PBX phone systems do not require you to purchase and house a complete phone system at your business location, you only need to purchase a router and handsets, then connect with a hosted PBX provider to give your entire company has phone service.

Hosted PBX connects via the cloud and as a result companies gain access to a host of advanced services. These include: a virtual receptionist, caller ID, call monitoring, call training, call forwarding to any number within the company or on a mobile, and advanced call answering services.

The phone system is ideal for companies with several locations that they want to appear as one location and for businesses with workers in remote locations they need to seamlessly bring together. Using the power of the Internet, Virtual PBX gives a business of any size the same advanced phone features as large companies.

Online Project Management Software

Companies today use project management software to coordinate and align their internal teams. These comprehensive software packages include phone and messaging apps, drawing, documents, spreadsheets, calendars, scratchpads and even conferencing that syncs with each program and can be accessed and updated on the fly by any member on the team.

The Internet has added a dimension to project management software, where team members can interact with the software and each other from an internet connected device any time, no matter where they are on the planet. In a new business world where employees are scattered across the globe and must be synced together seamlessly, these software packages have become invaluable.

Taking advantage of the power and reach of the Internet has allowed small businesses to secure international clients and employees without expanding outside of their physical offices. The smart companies know that with the Internet they can use virtual strategies to be anywhere and take on any new challenge confidently.