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Business Phone 101: How to Get a Local Phone Number

Posted by Erica Berry

Aug 21, 2017 5:00:00 AM

You want to get a local phone number for your business, but you don't want a landline and you don't want to carry--or pay--for another cell phone plan. We don't blame you. Local phone numbers can be invaluable for businesses looking to gain credibility in a local market, especially with businesses built and run out of a personal home. Getting a dedicated "virtual number" that routes to your mobile is a financially practical and convenient solution for your home-based business.

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Topics: Cloud Phone, Business Phone Number, Local Number, Virtual Phone System, Business SMS

Need a Business Phone System for Your Food Truck Business? A Virtual Phone Service is the Answer!

Posted by Erica Berry

Jul 31, 2017 6:00:00 AM

By Erica Berry

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Topics: Auto Attendant, Local Number, Improve Your Business, Business Call Routing, Virtual Phone System

Entrepreneur Travel Tips: How to Avoid International Roaming Charges While Traveling Abroad

Posted by Erica Berry

Jul 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Last week we wrote about the convenience of having a virtual PBX service in your pocket when you travel. From on-the-go account management to call recording and much more, most virtual PBX services have a slew of travel-friendly features for entrepreneurs. This week we are talking about travel features that help keep costs down-- specifically: avoiding those pesky international roaming charges on your mobile phone.

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Topics: Virtual Phone System, international travel, roaming charges, virtual pbx, visual voicemail

Entrepreneur Travel Tips: How to Keep Your Business Running Smoothly via Virtual PBX

Posted by Erica Berry

Jun 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

You want to take a vacation this summer. But you can’t afford to completely shut your company's doors for two weeks. Have no fear – your virtual PBX service is here to help.

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Topics: Business Call Routing, Virtual Phone System, virtual pbx, travel, call recording, faxes

6 Ways to Use Virtual Numbers When You are a Business of One

Posted by Erica Berry

Mar 29, 2017 6:01:00 AM

Virtual numbers come with many perks for small businesses, ranging from professional features to the convenience of on-the-go communications and cost savings. But what if you're a solo entrepreneur -- any reason to use virtual numbers for a business of one?  Yes. Virtual numbers can offer a slew of ways to overcome logistical and financial obstacles, which were once impossible and impractical for solo business owners to tackle.  Want a “VIP” line or a department directory? You can easily do it all yourself by employing a virtual number strategy. Here are six handy ways to use virtual numbers to enhance your business communications:

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Topics: Industry Trends, Cloud Phone, Improve Your Business, Virtual Phone System

6 Business Phone Features You Need in 2017

Posted by Erica Berry

Jan 6, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Being the tech savvy and business smart entrepreneur that you are, you know that a nimble, easy-to-use business phone system is a must-have to stay connected in 2017 -- so why is it that although communications technology continues to make strides every year (both in terms of convenience and cost-effectiveness), we continue to see antiquated phone systems in small businesses around the country? Let's do more this year to leave the old behind and rally around change for the better!

One key to making business communications effortless is to incorporate what you already have and use with what's new and simple. For many small ventures, "business phone system" doesn't have to revolve around special phone equipment and/or expensive contracts with local carriers.  There are services that quickly, easily, and affordably allow you to set up a business phone number and advanced business calling features. For example, with a virtual PBX service (like Cloud Phone!) you can instantly set up a business phone number that routes to your existing phone(s), among many other handy business features. This means you can easily use one device for all calls, but still keep your personal and business phone presence separate.  

So what are some of the awesome features of such a virtual business phone system? Here are 6 of our faves:

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Topics: Cloud Phone, Mobility, Virtual Phone System

Cloud Based Phone Systems Stand Up to Bad Weather

Posted by Natasha Grach

Feb 2, 2016 4:00:00 AM

We’ve written in the past about how virtual numbers can help you avoid a dangerous winter commute, but there are many other ways to leverage the benefits of a cloud based phone system in order to "weather the storm". Lately, we've been witnessing the power of Mother Nature at work, from the wet El Nino rain in the western states to the heavy snowfall in the east which has left many workers stranded. This has no doubt affected SMBs, forcing some businesses to close the doors early. In many cases though a cloud based phone system could have prevented any lost revenue by allowing them to keep the “doors” open virtually. Here’s how a cloud based phone system can help winter proof your business:

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Topics: Cloud Phone, Mobility, Virtual Phone System

Virtual Numbers: The Answer To Your SMB's New Year's Resolutions For Customer Service

Posted by Erica Berry

Jan 27, 2016 4:00:00 AM

We're off to a new year and as a small business owner you might be making some New Years’ resolutions – spend less, save more, start that Facebook page you’ve been thinking about and, of course, improve your customer service. Something you might consider is introducing virtual numbers, which can enhance your customer service capabilities as well as save you money.

A virtual number is a telephone number that routes directly to your mobile or any phone line of your choice. Virtual numbers, which can be toll free or local, allow you and your employees to manage calls professionally and most systems (including Cloud Phone!) let you add users, extensions, or numbers as your business grows. Sounds good, right? 

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Topics: Cloud Phone, Virtual Phone System

How to Improve Telecommuting with Virtual Numbers

Posted by Erica Berry

Nov 17, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Telecommuting is increasingly becoming the norm for many businesses both small and large. According to the United States Census Bureau, an estimated 3.7 million employees work from home at least half the time. But with people out of the office, telecommuting definitely presents a unique set of communication challenges.

While email, texts and cell phone calls might work for some, other businesses want to show a more professional image, and also want professional calling features and custom options traditional landlines and mobile plans just don't offer. This is why smart businesses are turning to virtual numbers.

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Topics: Cloud Phone, Small Business Productivity, Improve Your Business, Virtual Phone System

How Virtual Numbers Can Help Avoid a Dangerous Winter Commute

Posted by Erica Berry

Nov 2, 2015 4:00:00 AM

In the winter months when roads are bad and the commute to work becomes dangerous, there's risk in requiring employees to show up at the office. High-speed internet access and email have increased opportunities for employees to work from home when driving conditions are dangerous, but what about businesses that rely heavily on phone service for their business communications? Virtual numbers may just be the answers. 

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Topics: Cloud Phone, Small Business Productivity, Virtual Phone System