I was recently talking to one of my friends who is in the midst of starting her own home-based cookie business. While she wants to have a separate phone number for her business, she isn’t at the point of needing a full virtual PBX system, nor is she at the point of getting a ton of calls. What she would like to have is a business phone number & voicemail that she can pay for only when she uses it.

Did you know you can do this with Grasshopper?

Despite the fact that we are a full featured phone system, at our core, we enable customers to have a phone number and voicemail for their business that they can access from anywhere. Plus we have a pay as you grow plan that you only pay for when you use it!

Why are you pitching me Grasshopper?

Well, sometimes we get caught up talking about all the great features we have and we forget that for many of our new customers, you don’t need all of them just yet!

If you are looking to start a home-based business or already have one, here are some tips on getting your business phone number & voicemail system set up:

  1. Choose a phone number. Do you want a toll free number? Local number? Check out a few tips on choosing the right number for your business.

  2. Secure it. With the Pay as You Grow plan you are securing the number you want and you pay only for the minutes you use.

  3. Set up your greeting. The nice part about having a greeting is that you sound professional, you don’t have to answer the phone every time it rings and your callers never hear a busy signal!

  4. Record your voicemail. I don’t think any explanation is needed here. Simply record what you want to say or have our voice studio professionals do it.

  5. Take your call where you want. Whether you want your calls forwarded to your home phone, your cell, or both, it’s up to you.

That’s it! You now have a professional voicemail system that took all of 8 minutes to set up. Now you can get back to running your business, or in my friend’s case, baking more delicious cookies!