There seems to be no stopping the number of businesses starting from home which is great news for the UK micro business economy. However in their eagerness to start up their business, many people may overlook the security niggles that come with divulging a home address and private phone number for work purposes. For women entrepreneurs this might be even more of a concern.
Here are ways that using a virtual business address or office phone number can help protect your private life and cut out unwanted calls.
A virtual business address as a ‘front’ for your business
It could be as simple as joining a trade association, registering your details at Companies House, having contact details on your website, or handing out a business card at a networking event.
The end result is that your home details can end up being broadcast on the internet far more than you’d intended.
Strangers armed with a postcode can simply find a house on google maps and if you’re then sharing on social media when you’re away on business, or on holiday, you’re basically saying: “We’re not at home”.
So a virtual office address – we provide our clients with a central Manchester address – is simple to set up within a cost-effective package that includes mail forwarding.
It then allows you to use this address fully, enabling you to promote your enterprise through business directories, Google Places and the like, to your heart’s content.
The added bonus is the much-improved ‘first impression’ a virtual office address provides potential customers. You can also then list your location and link it to google maps which can help with your overall ranking of your website.
A virtual phone number to protect privacy and screen calls
Having a virtual phone number is easy to set up and utilises your existing landline, mobile or combination of both. We can also assign an appropriate UK area code for landline re-routing.
So in effect callers dial your business number and you answer as you would if it was a personal call. Callers don’t know your call is being diverted to your home phone and the only difference you’ll notice is that your business number is displayed on the digital screen of your handset rather than the caller’s own phone number.
The beauty of this system is that it protects your privacy and enables you to separate home life from work more easily.
If, for some reason, you then find yourself being pestered by certain callers via your business phone number, it’s simple enough to activate a call-barring system for specific numbers.
Likewise a virtual phone number than you can set the time of day. We can even block specific numbers of someone calls regularly. Could be a whole article here on peace of mind.
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