Do you remember landlines? Who has one still? It feels so unnecessary to stick to landlines when there is a complete new world of connectivity, access and mobile phones blooming. But a landline also has some advantages a mobile doesn’t have. Steady, stable connection and if you have a business a landline number indicates a more trustworthy appearance for your customers. Too good that you can have the best of both worlds.
In this day and age, it is becoming more and more common for people to work from the comfort of their homes. Although running a business or making your living at home can be a dream come true, it can also be a nightmare if you have people calling you all day.
When my husband and I started our family business, we couldn't have been more excited to have the American dream come to fruition. However, the business calls to our personal cell phones started to take its toll rather quickly, especially when trying to spend time with our family.
Someone suggested that we try downloading Google Voice to manage the incoming calls more easily. I must say, I was hesitant at first, but I couldn't be more pleased with the performance of the app.
You are probably wondering the same thing I did when I first heard about Google Voice, "How on earth is a Google app going to stop all these calls!"
First of all, if you're going to be working from home or conducting business from your personal device, then you will need to get a second phone number.
Luckily, Google Voice will provide you with a phone number so that you don't have to go out and get a second phone or another service provider. Having the ability to get a free phone number from Google could mean huge steps forward for a lot of people; especially those who have had their services shut off and still require a means of communication.
Initially, when I realized that my second number would still make my personal phone ring, I wasn't sure how it was going to help keep incoming calls manageable between personal and business.
After I downloaded Google Voice and received my number, I did a bit of digging in the app and a found several very helpful settings options. My favorite feature under the settings options is the do not disturb feature.
When I have switched my brain off of work mode for the day, all I have to do is flip on the do not disturb feature and all phone calls to my Google Voice account will be sent directly to voicemail.
Under the settings options, I can also choose to receive voicemail notifications by my email or through text message. Receiving my emails this way means that I can read them at a quick glance instead of stopping my momentum to listen to my voicemail.
There is only one downfall to using Google Voice, and that is the need to be connected to the internet. So, if you plan on waiting by the phone to receive a special call via Google Voice, then you had better make sure you are in a place with a reliable internet connection.
Luckily, if you do happen to receive a call when you are off the grid, the app will seamlessly pick up where it left off when you lost connection and send you all of the notifications you missed.
Google Voice is a wonderful app that is helping tons of people to become more organized with their business and personal lives. I also considered that people who need to keep their contact information hidden from others could also benefit from using the Google Voice app. Another thing I love about Google Voice is that it saves me money every month on the international calls we have to make for our business. There are competitive rates to choose from and the call quality is unmatched compared to some other communication apps.