In a perfect world, this would be a non-issue, because you’d never have to call tech support.
But we don’t live in that world, so if having the best support you can get from your ISP is important, a business plan is a good solution.
Sometimes there is a trade-off, however—you may get a better rate for signing a longer contract.
It all depends on how your ISP handles these matters, but it’s something to consider.
And some even limit business accounts to specific geographic areas.
That said, you usually can sign up for business internet at your home.
Anecdotally, we’ve heard from people who were able to get business internet with no problem, others who were asked for information like a business name and federal tax ID number (though you can use a social security number instead if you’re a sole proprietor), and still others who claim they were required to present an actual business license.
Our feeling, though, is that ISPs have become more accommodating to providing business class internet at residential locations over recent years. After all, the work-from-home types represent a pretty large workforce these days, so why not sell them your services?
But since businesses use more data (and also varying amounts) on a month-to-month basis, running a capped network doesn’t make a lot of sense. So if you’re sick of having to watch every gigabyte you download, plan your download days around your billing cycle, or anything else involved in avoiding data overages, a business plan may be for you.
RELATED: Unlimited usage is arguably the biggest reason to consider a business plan over a home package, so if your home internet is already unlimited, a business plan may not be as enticing to you.