You’ve worked hard to establish your own business. Perhaps you have employees or perhaps you’re a one woman show. To stay competitive, you have done everything to prove your worth and even boost your professionalism above the male competition. You are held to a higher standard already in the industry and you know you still have a long road ahead. While you are working hard to make it to the top, you should never sacrifice professionalism or even your safety to get there. One of the best tools at your disposal is that of a virtual phone number.
Virtual Phone Numbers Keep You Professional
A virtual number provided by a cloud-based phone service keeps your business professional. Instead of handing out a home phone number or even a personal cellphone number, you are giving them a line separating personal from private. You can even setup a toll-free number or vanity number for your company. Vanity numbers let you use a combination of numbers that spell something, such as your company name or something you sell.
Your virtual number will also help keep creditors, sales professionals and spam callers from harassing you on your personal line – giving you more opportunities to separate personal from professional life.
Virtual Phone Numbers Keep You Safe
As a female entrepreneur, you may travel or meet with clients – people you don’t know. You can add a layer of personal security by handing out a number from your virtual phone service rather than giving out your personal number. This also works as a filter – allowing you to screen who calls you and why.
Also, as you create your website, you do not want to publicly broadcast your personal cellphone or home phone number. With a virtual phone service issued number, you are only displaying the business line – so people have no way to contact you personally.
Virtual numbers cannot be back traced like your personal number. That means no one could pay for a reverse search to find your name, address and other private information. Instead, the virtual number is registered to the business and that is it.
Bloggers Should Use Virtual Numbers Too
You don’t have to have a full-fledged business or even a company to use a virtual number. Female bloggers are a growing community and there are numerous seminars and conferences hosted just for female bloggers. If you are one of those attendees, do you want to hand out a business card with your personal number?
A virtual number can be used for contact forms on your blog too – ensuring advertisers and even spam callers don’t have your personal number to constantly harass you on.
Bottom line, virtual numbers are critical for professionalism, but also your safety. You don’t have to spend a fortune to do it either. There are plenty of virtual phone systems out there designed for female entrepreneurs, bloggers and professionals.
For example, RingCentral offers their Professional plans which start as low as $14.99 per month (when paid annually). Phone.com is another provider to consider. They offer a Base plan that starts as low as $9.99 per month and you can have calls directed to your mobile phone – without giving out your actual mobile number.