I’ve chosen not to use my mobile (cell) phone for my VA business. Why? Because I’m in my office 95% of the time anyway and they can get me via the landline and email – why do I need them calling on my mobile phone too?
I use the mobile phone for personal use only, i.e. family, friends, emergencies. If I’m out of my office I can’t be doing work for clients anyway, as the majority of what I do is done on a computer.
And yet, it seems I’m in a minority and I think it shocks some clients when they ask for my mobile number and I won’t give it to them. I know what will happen if I do. They’ll start using it to ring me all the time – instead of my landline number.
If I need to be hearing from them when I’m away from my office then I’ll simply divert my landline to my mobile phone to receive their calls. But chances are, that if I’m going to be away from my office for sometime (like several days or more) then I’m more likely to divert my landline to one of my VA team members to handle calls in my absence.
So, do you use your mobile phone for business, or are you like me, and reserve it for family and friends only? Let’s face it, there’s little opportunity to be ‘disconnected’ from the office with all of today’s technologies. I like to be able to switch off now and then – it’s good for the mind, body and soul.