Virtual Phone Numbers

Virtual phone numbers aren’t tied to a physical phone, but rather to a service like a FreedomVoice virtual phone system.

How a Local Phone Number Helps You Build Trust with Customers

If you work in or manage a business in a service-based industry, you are more than aware that building trust with customers is paramount to your financial success. In fact, some business leaders have even gone so far as to say that trust is actually the new business currency and something that should be monitored and reviewed regularly by companies.
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The Mad Dash for 855 Numbers

The Mad Dash for 855 Numbers

A short while ago, we announced that 855 numbers had been released. Getting a new toll free number prefix, to our industry, is like the emergence of a revolutionary new product. All at once, there’s a rich surge of demand for this previously unavailable good — in this case, amazing vanity toll free spellings.

But time is running out to make the most out of this opportunity for your business. Why? Because the availability of high-quality 855 numbers is about to take a nose-dive…

855 Number Well Drying Up

Vanity Toll Free Numbers: Creativity Trumps Wishful Thinking

Vanity Toll Free Numbers: Creativity Trumps Wishful Thinking

I read an article this morning entitled, “Tips for Picking a Great Toll Free Vanity Number“. Unfortunately, instead of listing realistic advice, the author chose to count down a handful of ways to make business owners rip out their hair searching again and again for unrealistic vanity 800 numbers. I don’t mean to sound pessimistic – but these weren’t tips, they were siren songs, mirages in the desert, challenges to your sanity.

So I thought I’d do my best to turn these tips on their head, and in the process leave you some practical tips about securing a great vanity toll free number for your business.

Get Creative with Vanity Toll Free Numbers

5 Reasons Your Home-Based Business Needs an 800 Number

5 Reasons Your Home-Based Business Needs an 800 Number

Running a business out of your home is no simple task. If you’re to have any success as a home-based entrepreneur, you must first learn to manage your time, balance your home and work lives, and maintain some semblance of health and hygiene.

But beyond your napping “sleeping” habits and your personal preference to shower/shave/get dressed, the technology you deploy also plays a big role in whether your operation gets off the ground. Here are five of the top reasons you should consider using an 800 number virtual phone system for your home-based business, instead of just relying on your personal home or cell phone numbers…

800 Numbers for Home-Based Businesses

Toll Free 800 Numbers: Instant Professional Image

Toll Free 800 Numbers: Instant Professional Image

Whether you’re just starting a new business or looking to expand your growing business, figuring out how to get a toll free number of your own can be a bit of a mystery. But getting your business set up with a toll free 800 number is easier than you might think, and can help you immediately add to your professional image.

Getting an 800 number isn’t like setting up traditional phone service through your local phone company. Here are a few differences that make it easy to get started with a virtual toll free number

800 Numbers Spiff Up Your Look

Alabama Gets Toll Free Number for the 2010 Census

Alabama Gets Toll Free Number for the 2010 Census

The Census Bureau has been heavily promoting this year’s 2010 Census, securing ads in the Super Bowl and combatting both “Big Brother” fears and general apathy by trying to get across that the census is easy to complete and a necessity for local governments to get accurate funding.

But recently, some counties in Alabama have begun reporting their residents aren’t receiving their census forms and are worried about losing out on funding. So what does the Census Bureau turn to in their time of need to reach out to residents and collect their information? Why, a toll free number, of course.

Toll Free Numbers to the Rescue!

Toll Free Numbers Are Forever

Toll Free Numbers Are Forever

You’ve heard it said about diamonds – but did you know that toll free numbers are “forever”? That is to say, you can keep a good, dependable toll free number for life.

When you secure a toll free number through a service provider, you have certain protections afforded to you by the FCC that help you keep that number in the event you change service providers, or even change businesses. Today we’ll cover that protection, some pitfalls to watch out for, and how to go about changing providers should the need arise.

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Toll Free Number Tricks: Vanity Overdial

Toll Free Number Tricks: Vanity Overdial

I recently went over how to use vanity toll free numbers to help build your brand. In that post, I mentioned one of the trickiest parts of wielding a vanity number is finding it in the first place. The pool of available toll free numbers on the national database is limited, and many businesses before you have had a chance to comb through looking for their prized pick.

But all is not lost. Today I’ll cover one of the lesser-explored ways around available number limitations: the vanity overdial. Businesses such as 1800MATTRESS (1-800-MAT-TRES[S]) and 1800 CONTACTS (1-800-CON-TACT[S]) have been using vanity number overdial for years with great success. By stretching your vanity toll free number one or two letters over the edge, you can get your hands on coveted, high-value vanity spellings that are otherwise unavailable.

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Using Toll Free Numbers to Build Your Brand

Using Toll Free Numbers to Build Your Brand

Many successful businesses define their brand by a vanity toll free number, such as 1800FLOWERS, 1800DENTIST, and 1800CONTACTS.

While vanity toll free numbers of that caliber are hard to come by, there are still ways that your small business can get more out of an 800 number when it comes to making a name for yourself. Today I outline three straightforward steps to leading with your toll free number and building your brand.

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Toll Free Numbers Get Your Phones to Ring

When it comes to advertising success, the age-old question is, “how are you going to get the phones to ring?

You’ve formulated your message like a scientist in a lab. You’ve built your website. You’re on Twitter, Facebook, and every other conceivable social media site. You’ve gathered email contacts and taken a crack at a newsletter. You’ve even lovingly-crafted business cards, fliers, postcards, brochures – the works. And still, nobody’s calling.

Don’t worry, the solution may be as simple as upgrading the phone number you’re asking them to call. Today we look at the attractive and inviting features of a toll free number that can help you get your phones to ring.

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