So you’re almost finished designing your first batch of business cards, and all you have to do is put your contact info on them. You then realize that a phone number would be pretty useful for people who get these cards. Then you have to make a life-changing decision: “Do I really want millions of prospects, clients, salespeople, and extra terrestrials calling my personal phone number?”
Fortunately, it’s very easy to get a free phone number. I recommend a local number because most people think of big corporations and annoying solicitors when they see 800 numbers on their caller ID. In contrast, local callers are generally treated as ordinary people, so recipients are more likely to answer the phone. Even when they don’t recognize the number.
The #1 phone service is Google Voice. You’ll be able to choose a local number for free, and it will forward your calls to your cell phone. When you call out, your business number will be on the person’s caller ID. It also has a back office (and app) so you can check messages, listen to the caller state their name if you missed their call, and you can send text messages with your new number. The only time they’ll charge you is if you make international calls. Check it out!