Your phone number is your lifeblood. It’s how customers who want immediate help want to reach you, whether they have an urgent question or an urgent need. AccessDirect understands how important those calls are and can help you take care of your customers, whether that’s with a new local phone number in your area or helping you better handle the calls you’re taking on the number you’re using now. With thousands of numbers in hundreds of area codes across the United States and Canada, and with a wide selection of programs suitable for businesses of all shapes and sizes, we can help.
WHY ARE LOCAL PHONE NUMBERS IMPORTANT FOR SMALL BUSINESS?
At AccessDirect we’ve come across a wide range of reasons that clients come to us seeking assistance in establishing a local number:
- They’re a new business wanting to establish their brand locally and they need a new number. A local number communicates to local residents that you’re part of the community, something that more and more are coming to value.
- They’re an existing business looking for a better way to handle calls. A local number through AccessDirect comes with a wide range of innovative and flexible options to help you manage your calls 24/7/365.
- They’re a business that began using a cell phone that has grown and now needs a more professional, local presence and the confidence that all calls will be answered. A lot of businesses these days start this way as the “gig economy” is taking hold. We can help you move seamlessly from cell phone to the cloud as you grow.
- They’re a business located in one city wishing to establish a presence in another city. In the “old days” your phone number was literally an indication of where you were physically located. That’s no longer the case. Whether you’re establishing your business in one – or one hundred – locations, and want to convey a local presence in every one, we can help.
Maybe you’re a tax accountant that offers online services. You can set up local numbers to target any new markets you’d like to expand to. Get a local number in any community you wish to serve.
Maybe you’re a telehealth medical provider providing services to patients virtually. Take advantage of that preference for doing business locally that many consumers have by using local numbers to convey the message that you’re right in their home town.
Whatever the reason, establishing a local number through AccessDirect is a seamless and inexpensive way to ensure callers are able to reach you whenever they need to, wherever you are.
BENEFITS AND ADVANTAGES OF LOCAL PHONE NUMBERS
There are a wide range of benefits and advantages to establishing a local number to fuel your business success. We’ve already touched on a few of them. Regardless of the type of business you’re in, or the customers you serve, we think there is big business benefit and value for those who wish to buy a phone number through AccessDirect.
Are you struggling with how to get a business phone number in another city? Establish a virtual location in any city you wish with AccessDirect’s local telephone numbers. Your customers and business associates can contact you using a virtual local phone number in any area code in the US or Canada. Get a local phone number to maintain a presence in the cities where you do business, even if your home base is miles away!
With virtual telephone numbers you can be a local business wherever you are. Simply buy a local phone number to convey to your callers that you’re wherever they are.
Choose from more than 200 cities when selecting a new number, or keep your existing number. It’s up to you. AccessDirect can either assist you in forwarding or moving your number to our system—we call this “porting”—or selecting a new number. We’ll host your number in our system, in the cloud, and you can access and program however you want, whenever you want.
We can help find the perfect number for you, even in cities where area codes have been sold out, like New York (212) and Chicago (312). We’re experts at helping our clients find the right local numbers for their unique needs.
Many individuals want the comfort of knowing that if they need assistance with a company’s products or services, all they have to do is pick up the phone and call a local phone number. AccessDirect has many available local phone numbers that can enhance your ability to serve your customers, while also making your company more attractive to prospects in a given market. When you get a local number you give customers confidence.
We’ll work with you as you make the switch to provide you with confidence that your new local number and answering service works seamlessly. We’ll set up your account on a test number to make sure that everything is programmed exactly the way you want it in a completely clean environment separate from live callers. This risk-free trial helps you ensure optimum service and functionality for your clients, customers and prospects. When you buy a virtual number through AccessDirect you get peace of mind and the confidence that your callers will too.
Best of all, you’ll save money over legacy systems like AT&T which can cost $80/month and more. You’ll get a lot more benefits and exceptional flexibility in the cloud with a virtual business phone number!
How AccessDirect Customers Are Using Local Numbers
AccessDirect has set up virtual local phone numbers for clients in a wide range of different situations. A job seeker who was currently living overseas but applying for positions in the U.S. wanted to ensure prospective employers could reach him easily. To help, we set up virtual local phone numbers in LA, Austin, Dallas, and San Diego that routed directly to his main cell phone. Thanks in part to the positive impression this created, the client was soon interviewing for positions and managed to secure a job before moving.
Virtual local phone numbers are great for businesses, too. AccessDirect recently helped a landscaping company move into new territory by setting up a local number in a different area code where prospective customers could reach them free of charge. Eventually, theirbusiness grew to the point where they could open up a physical office to serve customers directly. Having a local number and customer base in place already allowed them to minimize risk while making this transition.
In another case, a client was making a major business move from Alaska to Oregon and wanted to make the move entirely transparent to their customer base. They wanted to gradually phase out their Alaska number and set up a new local number in Oregon. During the transition and move, though, they kept both numbers active to ensure existing customers and new prospects could easily reach them—whether they were physically in Alaska or working in Oregon. Once fully established in Oregon they simply discontinued the Alaska number.
As you can see local numbers can address a number of business—and personal—needs through a virtual business phone number.
HOW DOES VIRTUAL PHONE NUMBER SETUP WORK?
Just get in touch with us and let us know whether you need to buy a virtual number, or wish to keep your own. We’ll then work with you to get your number established through our system, set it up to provide the best answering service options for your callers and you can take it from there. Remember, we also provide a risk-free test environment so you can make sure everything works smoothly before going “live” with your local number.
A virtual local number from AccessDirect is backed by the best service in the business telephone industry. You’ll benefit from:
- No contracts or set-up fees
- Live support before, during and after the sale
- The ability to work with the same customer service representative whenever you call with a question or problem with your virtual local number
- Affordable local phone service that can fit the budget requirements of a variety of businesses
Access Direct can also provide extensions for all your departments or individual employees. Calls to your local phone numbers can be routed to the desired extensions promptly with our sophisticated virtual receptionist tools.
The automated attendant system answers all calls with a customized, professionally recorded greeting and routes them to appropriate extension—which can be a voicemail box, or ring straight to your cell phone. In addition to a custom local phone number, we also provide toll free numbers: give your customers the peace of mind of a toll-free call, all at the same price as our virtual phone number packages.
Your virtual local phone number from AccessDirect will give your business an around-the-corner feel, something that consumers increasingly value. Virtual local phone numbers give you a neighborhood presence, even if you’re in another state. And, our virtual phone numbers also allow you to offer your customers, clients and prospects the ability to do business locally, even if they’re hundreds or thousands of miles away. You don’t have to set up a physical office in the area – our local phone service allows your customers to make calls to your office just like any other local call, transferring to you wherever you’re located.
Going Local in a Global Economy
It may seem counterintuitive in an e-commerce world where consumers can buy goods and services around the globe that there would be value in establishing a strong local presence. And, it may be precisely because the world has become so big, and so global, that so many consumers have a strong preference for supporting local businesses.
In fact, according to the American Express OPEN Small Business Saturday Consumer Pulse study of 1000 consumers 18 and older, 9 in 10 Americans, or 93 percent of the respondents, believe it’s important to support local small businesses—73 percent actively do so.
What better way to convey a local presence, particularly for businesses that are e-commerce businesses, than using a local telephone number!
Many small businesses aren’t even aware that they can buy a phone number online, let alone a local phone number to meet their business needs. But you definitely can. And we can help!
VIRTUAL LOCAL PHONE NUMBERS ARE INCLUDED WITH ALL SYSTEMS
AccessDirect offers a wide range of system solutions to meet your needs whether you’re a solopreneur or a booming big business. Best of all, we can scale with you as your business grows!
- Direct Messaging If you’re a sole proprietor or an individual business owner that needs a single voice mail box, info box or fax system, the direct messaging option is right for you.
- Direct ExecutiveIndependent business person on the go? Our Find-Me/Follow-Me call forwarding options, voicemail or fax system will meet your needs and ensure that you won’t miss a single important call.
- Direct ReceptionistAs your business grows, AccessDirect has the services to meet your needs. Our Direct Receptionist offerings, for small businesses that need multiple extensions for 2-20 people or departments scales with you providing more options for callers and call management.
- Direct EnterpriseLarge businesses take advantage of AccessDirect offerings as well. We’ll help you find the right solution for your custom call routing, messaging, or cloud phone system needs.
GET YOUR VIRTUAL TELEPHONE NUMBERS FROM ACCESSDIRECT TODAY
A local virtual phone number from AccessDirect will give your business the competitive advantage it deserves. We have local phone numbers available in all areas, and we can help you build your virtual presence in key locations in the United States and Canada.
For more information about our virtual local phone number service, contact us at 877-599-6500, or contact us to speak to a customer service specialist today!