Establish your home-based business identity in seven steps: Select business phone service options
Many households across America now have phone service options that were unavailable several years ago. With unlimited long distance provided by so many phone companies along with bundled packages that may include high-speed internet, running a business from home today is much easier and more affordable. Such packages may include voice mail services, three-way calling, and call-forwarding.
Some people may choose to use their cell phones when they start out. While most people have nationwide long distance included in their cell phone plans, a new business owner may opt for a cell phone with a prepaid wireless plan to help manage the monthly bill so there won’t be any surprises.
Another popular phone option for your home-based business is to use a virtual telephone service. With a virtual phone service, you can choose to have a local number within your calling area, a number in another calling area, or a toll-free number for your home business. There are a variety of companies available that provide a range of different services, but one company that provides a multitude of services for no cost or very low cost is Simple Voice Center. Another company that provides affordable virtual phone plans along with quality customer service is Kall8.
Other articles in this series:
Step 1: Develop a business name and tagline
Step 2: Choose your business address
Step 3: Establish your online presence
Step 4: Use a professional email address
Step 5: Select business phone service options (see above)
Step 6: Select a business fax service
Step 7: Create business cards and letterhead
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Charmin Calamaris is a wife, mom of two little boys, entrepreneur, publisher and editorial director for The Momiverse—an online magazine for busy moms—and a writer for echoflam.com. Here she shares tips and experience about working from home as a way to earn more, maximize quality time in your relationships, and create a rewarding lifestyle.