Not every potential customer for your business will contact you within your normal operating hours. If it is important for you to reach customers at all times and a good solution is outsourcing an answering service. Answering services are a good way for your company to respond to a high volume of calls at any time of the day. Most answering services run 24 hours a day and will do one of four functions. They provided automated voicemail, redirect your call to your cell or home phone number, redirect the call to a personal assistant or send callers to a recorded information hotline. One thing to consider with this service is the volume of calls that you expect to receive.
Most services charge for the amount of minutes you use so you don't want to pay for too many minutes but you also do not want to few. Another important factor to consider is whether or not the company provides you with a phone number. A lot of times, you can provide your own number but there may be an additional charge in order to use it.