A business needs resources but a new business may be low on the financial resources of a larger company. Because of this, a business starting out needs to do things differently and there are some things that you can do to make your business appear larger than it may actually be. You do not need to have people know that you work from home. You do not need to have people think you can not afford a landline. You can have people contact you easily and quickly, wherever you are. All you need is a smart phone and to follow the tips that I mention below.
Get a 1300 or 1800 number- When people see a 1300 number or a 1800 number they generally think that they are dealing with a large company- bigger than a single person operation. This need not necessarily be the case. A 1300 number needs a destination answering point. If you really wanted, this could be a mobile. No one else apart from yourself needs to know. As long as you sound professional when you answer the phone, and have a professional sounding voicemail message there is no downside to answering your 1300 or 1800 number on a smart phone.
A smart phone is like a mobile office- A smart phone is more than just calls and emails. A smart phone is a business productivity tool. You can write and edit documents when you are out on the road, you can immediately invoice clients when you do a job. I often write articles while I am at the gym and can now get much more done through the day, especially when compared with my productivity before getting a smart phone. You can also email your clients back and access the internet from your phone with no dramas.
The right rate plan means you do not need a landline- An increasingly competitive mobile phone industry means plans are getting better and better. There are a variety of capped plans out there that mean you pay a fixed amount for your calls each month with a high amount of included calls. There are now plans at a reasonable rate that have unlimited calls. If you put your number on private- ie non-display- you can make all of your outgoing calls from your mobile as well. You do not need a landline.
With a smart phone, and by following the tips that I mention above, you can make your business appear bigger than it is.