Do you feel like your business is getting in the way of your personal life? When starting a business, the line between personal life and business life blurs and it becomes very difficult for new owners to work during work time and play during play time.
Take for example incoming calls. Owners can give out their business phone, mobile phone or both. This presents multiple issues of a blurred distinction between business and personal life. Depending on how the business individual handles the situation you can be presented with calls at all hours of the day. How? Let me explain. Let’s say Bob wants to be available to his customers, so he gives out his business line and mobile. Clients now have the ability to call him early in the morning or late at night. This can be difficult to turn off especially if you are trying to get your business off the ground.
Many individuals have the first thought to give their mobile phone. It seems logical since they always have their mobile phone with them and can answer a call wherever they are. Not very many people think to use a virtual switchboard since they tend to assume that it’s for big companies with hundreds of employees.
In fact, a simple service like a Virtual Switchboard can make your business seem larger and more professional than it might be. In addition, it can be one of the many tools to help you separate your business and professional life.
What is a Virtual Switchboard? It is basically like having an assistant or secretary without the assistant or secretary. The Virtual switchboard virtually transfers incoming calls to various landlines and mobiles based on your setting. Some of the Virtual Switchboard features include transferring calls to mobile and landlines or a voicemail depending on the day and the time. This is a huge feature for separating business and personal life. If you actively use your mobile phone for business but don’t want to be interrupted by business calls during dinner you can use this feature to close your line during a specified time so that you can enjoy your dinner peacefully. This is easier than shutting off your phone completely when you don’t want to be disturbed because what if a family relative is calling you for an emergency. Having your phone shut down to avoid business calls can also prevent you from receiving important personal calls. There are other features to such as providing welcome messages so clients will hear a greeting instead of a phone ring.
There is no reason for your personal life to suffer because of your business. Simple tools can help you manage your time so that you can enjoy some of the fun things in life.