Doorbell for Business
I can tell you how important a doorbell for business really is. I got a job managing a wholesale parts distribution outfit that has a place in the front where customers could walk in to pick up their orders rather than have them delivered. We had a counter up front, but it was not always attended, especially since the receptionist doubled as our bookkeeper and was often in her office. The problem is obvious: people would walk in and no one knew they were there.
Most of the time, the problem was that the customer had to stand around waiting for someone to walk by to get helped. That in itself was bad enough. If we had a doorbell up front, customers could have ringed the bell and received prompt assistance. Instead, we had a lot of people become upset because of the delays in service. That wasn’t the extent of the problems.
You see, sometimes people would walk in and go around the counter and start looking at our paperwork. Also, we’d be having meetings only to discover that a customer was eavesdropping outside the door. We had customers walk in and take stuff. Other times, they’d just be snooping around to see business information like our sales revenue and profit margins. There’s no telling how much we lost because we didn’t have a doorbell for business.
To tell you the truth, we were lucky: some companies have a lot more problems than what I had when they don’t have a doorbell. You’ve heard how angry customers sometimes physically assault employees or even use a weapon: fortunately, that never happened. But one thing we did do is get a solid commercial doorbell also known as an entrance alert. It only made sense, but I was so surprised that no one figured that out before I started working there!
It’s good business to have a way to know when someone is waiting up front and it’s a good security practice. One thing that I need to tell you, though, is that there are options when it comes to getting a doorbell for business. Besides just a button that rings in the back, I got an optional infrared sensor that sounds an alert every time the door is opened. This helped alert us in cases where someone came in and didn’t want to ring the button.