A business phone number is a must-have for every entrepreneur and startup company. Not only are they essential for separating your personal and professional communications, business phone numbers are a great way to project the appearance of a larger, established company.
Why Get a Business Phone Number?
In today’s business world, the traditional “9 to 5” office job is almost extinct. Thanks to the continuing evolution of digital technology, startups and small businesses are able to set their own hours and their own rules. But, it’s still important for these independent companies to be able to establish easy and professional communications with customers around the world.
Enter the business phone number: a simple, flexible, and reliable way to manage your business’s communications and avoid using your personal number for professional needs.
When you get a virtual phone number for your business, you can:
1. Present a Polished, Professional Image
Whether you’re working as a freelancer or building the foundation for a small business, you need to be able to project the same level of credibility and professionalism as any other company in your industry. If you want potential customers or clients to take you and your business seriously, it helps to have a dedicated business phone number.
2. Streamline Operations with Powerful Calling Features
Don’t want to receive calls from customers on your cell phone at 1:00 AM? We wouldn’t, either.
With the powerful calling features that come with a business phone number, you can create an after hours greeting that forwards directly to your business’s voicemail. And with unified messaging, that voicemail can be sent directly to your email, so you can listen to your messages anywhere that you have access to the Internet.
3. Get Crystal Clear Call Quality
Remember the “Can you hear me now?” Verizon Wireless campaign? There’s a good reason why it resonated with mobile phone users around the world: cell phones have notoriously bad (and unreliable) signal and call quality.
If you and your staff are relying on mobile phones to communicate with clients, you may find that dropped and missed calls are the norm. With a dedicated business phone number, you’ll experience far better call quality and reliable service. After all, there are so many toll free providers on the market, and it’s so easy to switch; your provider can’t afford to offer less than top quality service.
4. Grow Your Business with Toll Free or Vanity Numbers
Want to reach customers nationwide? How about worldwide? With a toll free or vanity number as your dedicated business phone number, you can provide your customers with a way to reach you at no charge. Since most people recognize toll free numbers as free to dial, they’re more likely to reach out – which means more sales opportunities for your business.
5. Try a Business Phone Number Risk Free
There are a lot of business phone number providers out there, and almost all of them offer some kind of risk free trial or money back guarantee.
If you’re not sure that a business phone number will work for you, look for a provider that offers this kind of guarantee as well as the ability to cancel anytime. That way, you won’t be locked into a long-term contract if you find that you need to switch providers, or if you choose to discontinue your number.