I love it. It is pretty good. Wonder what it will cost when they get out of beta. I currently use Angel (http://www.angel.com). They will forward the call to you with a number that shows up as a number you designate for the business. I know when to answer officially. I can also opt to use the forward-to-email feature which works just as well. It is wonderful. Price for one line is $29.99 a month and each additional number is $4.95 per month (these include 800 numbers). A great way to sound professional.
I had no idea when I first posted this forum that there were so many great ideas and helpful people out there. Thanks to you all!! I"m currently getting a bad case of cold feet in trying to market my shower business. If I want to have a successful business, plus support my family, I know that I`ll be in direct competition sooner or later with my current employer, plus the fact that the glass business is a rather small community and word travels fast among the glass shops when a new cowboy rides into town. With the info that i got from some of you out there, I think that having a service taking my phone messages would really be a help. That part I`m not worried about. What scares me is when I go out to quote the job, people may recognize me from my current shop. My question is that am I doing anything unethical business-wise if I go out and bid on jobs that my current employer doesnt even know exist? In other words, if I do all the ground work for getting customers(business cards, talking to people at tile stores, plumbing shops,etc.) and get these people, would this be a conflict of interest with my current employer, even though they wouldnt even think of going to the places I"m going? These guys dont advertise at all, they basically wait for the phone to ring or someone to walk through the door and give them the work. Its not like I am following one of their leads and taking money out of their pockets. But I really want to be realistic and know if they have any grounds for firing me if and when they find out that I am doing my own thing..I never signed anything at the time of my employment that bans me from side work..How would that stand up if I was to be fired? I can totally feel that my business will work, I just need to keep my current job until I can rely on my new business, which will take a bit of time.. Any advice would be great, dont hold anything back..