Businesses everywhere are embracing the benefits of implementing a digital small business phone system.
One advantage of modern communications solutions is utilising virtual phone numbers.
These numbers empower users to make and receive calls from any internet connected device, allowing businesses to operate more efficiently and flexibly.
In this article, we take a look at what exactly is involved in getting a virtual phone number for your small business. You might be surprised at how simple it is!
What is a virtual phone number?
A virtual phone number works just like a regular phone number but it lives in the cloud, so it isn’t tied to a landline.
These numbers are configured so that users can make and receive calls on any internet connected device, including through a softphone on a laptop, a mobile app, or with a VoIP phone.
When you sign up for a VoIP small business phone system, you will be able to assign and manage virtual phone numbers for your team from the system dashboard. Typically, it takes just a few minutes to set up.
There are plenty of benefits of having a virtual phone number, including:
- Cost savings on long distance calls
- Enabling you to establish a local business presence and expand your business globally
- Flexibility to handle calls from anywhere in the world
- Access to advanced calling features such as call recording and voicemail to email
How to get a virtual phone number
If you are ready to implement a new small business phone system, you will be glad to know that getting a virtual phone number couldn’t be simpler. Here’s what to do:
1. Choose a VoIP service provider
Before you can begin the process of getting a virtual phone number, you will need to settle on a cloud telephony provider.
Take into account factors such as budget, reputation, which features are provided and security when making your selection.
2. Select a local or freephone business phone number
Your chosen vendor should be able to get you set up with a virtual phone number in minutes. You can choose to get a new phone number or transfer your existing one to maintain business continuity.
With bOnline’s VoIP phone system, you can establish your business with a UK phone number in less than 30 seconds.
Choose from a range of memorable numbers with every UK prefix and area code, select a tariff, and you’re all set.
3. Add phones and devices
One of the biggest advantages of VoIP is that you can access your virtual phone system from any internet connected device.
Once you’ve assigned your virtual phone numbers, ensure you have the necessary software installed on your team’s devices and they will be able to work from anywhere - whether that’s at home, in the office or on the go.
Does your business need a virtual phone number?
As more and more businesses make the switch to VoIP ahead of the landline switch off, now is the perfect time to go digital.
With a virtual phone number, your team can enjoy the flexibility to work when and where they want while offering a better calling experience to your customers.
Cloud phone systems like ours provide businesses with all the tools they need to deliver exceptional communications and fuel growth. Why not sign up for a free 7-day trial? It's the best way to try out all the business-friendly features without the commitment.