Why having a business phone number is so important?
Along with a business address, a business phone number identifies your business as a legitimate entity. Many people still wish to have a number they can call before they get started with a service.
Key advantages of business phone numbers
- Business credibility
- Available 24/7
- Privacy and security
- Manage data and CRM
- Enhanced customer support
You look like a professional business
A business phone number makes you look professional and successful, all while enhancing your credibility. A telephone number – whether it’s local phone numbers or 800 numbers – is just something that people expect to see on your business cards, website, brochures, and other branding material.
Ensure that all of your calls are answered professionally, in a tone in sync with your business’ branding.
Keep your Personal life private
Avoid inquiry calls when you are out on a date or when you are asleep! A business phone number helps you maintain privacy and ensure that business calls do not interfere with your private life. One of the biggest benefits of having a business number is hiring virtual receptionists to handle all your calls and respond in a professional and friendly manner.
Get started with your business number
Here are some of the alternatives for business phone numbers.
Google Voice ( Free ): Google Voice gives you a phone number for calls, texts, and voicemails. You can use this number to make domestic and international calls from your web browser and mobile devices. If you’re in the US, you can choose your own number. The only downside is that they have a voicemail that lets the caller know it’s a google voice number.
Godaddy Smartline ($9.99 & 19.99 per month): GoDaddy Smartline is an app you download on your cell phone that allows you to send and receive phone calls from a different number. Create a separate phone number and screen calls as they come in. Godaddy Smartline also gives you the option to add a professional voicemail. Smartline Allows for one (1) phone line and is great for those just getting started.
Grasshopper Connect: Grasshopper adds a business line and virtual phone system to your personal phone, starting at $26/mo. Grasshopper is for business owners that currently have teams managing phone calls and or inquiries. With Grasshopper, you have the option to create anywhere from 1-5 separate phone numbers with up to unlimited extensions.
Building a business is hard. Communications are the cornerstone of every business. One of the biggest reasons for a business phone number is automation. When you don’t keep the same phone number for your cell phone as you do your business, you open all sorts of possibilities when it comes to automating your phone system. I know business owners who outsource sales calls, consultation inquiries, and even conference meetings over to assistants. A Business number will help free up time so that you can get back to doing what you love, running your business, and providing care to those in need.