Setup a toll free number using Skype

maxresdefaultSet up a toll-free number for Skype.

You all know about toll free numbers. Now we can set up a toll free number for a Skype. With this we can make our customers calls automatically redirected to your Skype number. Toll-free numbers are free to the caller, but are not free to you, the recipient. Even so, consider the advantages of providing your US customers with a toll-free number.

A toll-free number makes your company look professional and, if you’re a non-US company, it extends your reach globally. A toll-free number lets you serve customers by having a national presence in the US. Many toll-free plans charge only for what you use. So, your bills will grow only in proportion to your business.

A vanity toll-free number is a number that spells something meaningful in relation to your company or business. 1-800-GO-FEDEX is an example of a well-known vanity number. Well, thankfully you can provide your customers with a toll-free number that you can link with your Skype number so the calls made to the toll-free number are re-directed automatically to your Skype number. In fact, you can have any number of toll-free numbers redirected to the same Skype number.

Now this also means that if you’re a non-US company, you can have a toll-free number in the US. That is a number with a prefix of 800, 888, 877 or 866 which are linked to US Skype numbers. But you can have those calls redirected to wherever you are located around the globe. Now, how’s that for convenience for your US customers. Plus, it says volumes for your global reach of your company.

First off, you must get a US Skype number. Now this number will look like any regular public switched telephone number, a PSTN number to a toll-free service provider. If asked whether you have a plain old telephone system, a POTS or a PSTN number, well you can simply answer, yes and give them your Skype number. Next off, you need to find a toll-free service provider to give you a toll free number and to have calls to that number redirected to your Skype number. Google on, and you’ll find yourself spoiled with choices.

However, be aware that some toll-free plans require a contract, perhaps also an upfront fee and a recurring monthly maintenance fee. Other plans are such that you pay only for what you use, or rather what your customers use, to be precise. So, shop around, get the best deal based on your needs and you should buy without effort a plan that costs less than five cents per second.

The 7 Most Business Friendly Cities in the U.S.

What are the top 7 most business friendly cities in the U.S.?

According to a recent CNN Money article they are (in order):

  1. Oklahoma City
  2. Dallas Fort-Worth
  3. San Antonio
  4. Austin
  5. Atlanta
  6. Colorado Springs
  7. Omaha

According to CNN Money, Oklahoma City was found to be the best place to begin a new business venture, highlighted as a city that “… enjoys a relatively low cost of living, and the booming oil and natural gas industries have largely kept Oklahoma City’s 1.2 million people sheltered from the downturn. That means small businesses have been helped by consumers who have cash in their pockets.”

So … you don’t live in one of the cities mentioned, but like the prospect of expanding your business there?

Why not set up a virtual office in that city? A virtual office is basically a business presence in a city, without the physical office or storefront space.

For example, you could set up a virtual office in Oklahoma City from your home office in Seattle. To create a local presence in Oklahoma City, you should have a virtual phone number, and an online fax service  both using a local area code. (watch this video to see how easy it is to establish a presence in another city via a virtual phone number).

So, what is a virtual phone number? A virtual phone number is basically a familiar 10-digit phone number that can be set to ring any phone, or phones, you designate when people call it. For example, you could visit and set up a 405 area code (local Oklahoma City) number that, when called, would ring your home office or cell phone in Seattle. Monthly charge for the number starts as low as $9.95 per month.

A virtual phone number enables you to establish a physical presence in another city (through the local area code), while remaining in your local area (Seattle).

Here’s what one business owner, located in the Dallas Fort Worth area (#2 on the business cities list) said about the benefits of a virtual phone number:

“When people search for a business, the phone is their first contact. People will judge a business by the person answering the phone. With eVoice, we have been able to maintain our level of professionalism and that makes all the difference in the world.”
Dr. Pamela O’Guinn, Executive Medical Director, New Life Christian Wellness Center, Arlington, TX

Australia Toll Free Number: What You Should Know


Have you already acquired a toll free number for your business? Well, why not? An Australia toll free number can and is an indispensable asset to any business regardless of its size. We have actually thought of all the great things that Australia toll free numbers can give but listing down every single benefit of having a business toll free number would last us years and we wouldn’t want that, would we? But it actually goes way beyond credibility and brand recognition which are already a strong character for your business to have. An Australia toll free number can boost the rate of your sales as well as on ROI.

We have listed down 5 most compelling reasons why you should get an Australia toll free number for your business.

1. It improves customer satisfaction.

Have you tried getting in contact with a certain business but to your disappointment, you couldn’t get a hold of their contact info anywhere even on Google? It must have been really frustrating and yes, a lot of people have experienced that too. Usually, this particular business leaves a sour taste in the mouth just because of this harmless incident.

With an Australia toll fee number, your customer service and their satisfaction will improve into folds just by simply being within reach and available in taking the customers’ calls. An Australia toll free number lets you connect with your customers easier for you to have their questions answered and requests taken care of. In this way, they will be able to reach you any day at any time without having to fine them even a single cent. Customers are aware of this and they would surely appreciate your company’s efforts. Because you made it easier for your customers to contact your business line, the more likely they would be to remain as loyal customers.

2. It is easy to remember.

An Australia toll free number, especially if you get a vanity number, can serve as a very powerful marketing tool. It has been used by most known brands in Australia because it has proven to generate more sales and revenue. Getting a vanity number is so much easier to recall than just pure numbers, so people are going to have more chances in calling you and making a deal. Case in point, if your toll free number is 1-800-Flowers, your customers would very much likely to recall that one faster and easier than that of 1-800-356-9377.

3. It exudes credibility.

Whoever said toll free numbers are just for giant corporations? They are actually great for all types and sizes of companies especially for those that are just starting. An Australia toll free number can give your newly put-up business the credibility that it needs. In addition, it also enhances any company’s image. For all we know, you could be just operating on the basement of your mother’s house and we cant even tell!

4. It is portable.

Location wont be a hindrance any longer once you get an Australia toll free number. If you plan to relocate your business, customers will never know unless you tell them so! Regardless of where you’re currently situated, your customers would still be able to reach you using your Australia toll free number. This can be done by simply forwarding the calls into your personal cell phone or whatever phone you have for that matter! One fun fact: once you purchase and put the toll free number under your name, it is now considered yours and you can now do whatever you want with it! Even if you decide to change your provider, you can take the toll free number with you.

5. We couldn’t stress this enough. It is a powerful marketing tool.

As i have mentioned earlier that the use of a vanity number can be considered as a marketing effort, there is actually more to it than meets the eye. Did you know that a toll free phone number helps in better tracking your other marketing efforts?

Just think about it. If you have a print ad, a website (for sure you do), or maybe a billboard in Times Square and then someone picks up his telephone and gives you a call, how would you know where the call is coming from?

Your Australia toll free number can assist you in creating extensions, which can be associated with particular campaign/s of your choice. One number for a website, one for the print and etc. Use your Australia toll free number as a marketing tool and you would see the increase in your company’s sales and ROI from the huge call volume.

Small Business Take Out

shutterstock_58395664All too often something comes up and prevents you from going into the office – a sick child, car trouble, errands, or even unexpected home repairs. It’s become vital for a company to have the capability to manage operations from remote locations. Running your small business on the go has become possible through advancements in cloud services. Here are a few ways to effectively conduct business remotely:

1. Desktop access. Imagine you go on a business trip, only to realize you forgot to send something from your work desktop. Many programs such as DesktopDirect™ and Citrix Receiver allow you to access your work desktop from your laptop, Smartphone or tablet. Whether your flight gets delayed or you’re at home sick, you’ll still be able to have access to your work from wherever you are.

2. Online faxing. You’ve been waiting for an important fax all day, but you’re running late for a meeting in another part of town. Do you wait and be late? Or do you leave and miss the important fax? A service like eFax® allows you to leave and still get that important fax straight to your laptop or Smartphone.

3. Web conferencing. Can’t be there for that important meeting? Onebox® allows you to schedule a web conference where you can perform live demonstrations, share and exchange files. Onebox® also has a conference calling feature that allows you to communicate with over 90 people at once.

4. Business calls. Sometimes we can’t always be at the office from 8 am-5 pm, but that doesn’t mean missing important phone calls that may be time-sensitive. Fortunately, a service like Global Call Forwarding allows call routing where a customer can call a toll-free number that will route to your home, mobile or any other number you choose. Missed a call because you’re in a meeting? Global Call Forwarding will send a transcription of your voicemail to your phone and email.

By having access to your office directly from the palm of your hands, you won’t have to worry the next time you can’t make it to the office. With summer just around the corner, you’ll have more time to enjoy the beautiful weather and sunny beaches!