Having a phone number listed for your business is something you shouldn’t overlook.
Not only does it give your business credibility, but allows potential clients or customers to easily get in touch with you. While you may prefer emails, not everyone does. I have gained multiple clients by having my business phone number listed on Google.
So should you use your personal number?
I don’t know about you, but I like having separation between my work life and personal life. Having a separate business phone number allows you to turn off work at the end of the day and focus on yourself and family. It also lets you have a customized voicemail greeting to let clients know they’ve reached the appropriate business.
When I started my business, I turned to Google Voice for an alternative phone number I could use for business. Years later, I still recommend Google Voice to clients who are in need of a separate business phone number. Google Voice is free to use and automatically forwards calls to your personal phone number. Simply install the app on your phone to make calls and send texts using your business number.
Another option is to purchase a phone line for your business. Once my business started to grow, I decided having an actual business phone would be beneficial for me. Since I often travel, this allows me to leave my business phone with my assistant if I want a true vacation from work. My assistant can then reply to calls or texts and take care of business while I’m away without leaving clients with no response.
I now use Visible for my personal and business phone lines. Visible is a low-cost cell phone carrier that works off the Verizon towers. Visible only offers a single plan featuring unlimited talk, text, data, and (best of all!) mobile hotspot all for only $40 monthly. Unlimited mobile hotspot was a HUGE bonus and seller for me. Since I work online from home, having this feature allows me to truly work from anymore. I’ve been with Visible for almost a year now and have never experienced any connectivity issues or problems with service. In fact, I have better service than I did previously with AT&T for a third of the price. While Visible starts at $40, the monthly cost can actually be lowered by creating or joining a party. With each person that joins, your monthly cost is lowered by $5/ month, meaning with a party of 4 each person only pays $25 per month! My personal favorite party feature is that each person in the party is fully responsible for their bill. Being in a party only saves you money. It does not put any of the billing responsibility on you or connect your accounts in anyway.
Hopefully this has helped answer any thoughts you have been having on why you should have a business phone line. If you are in need of more business or marketing advice, contact us today. We would love to help!