If you are tired of giving out your personal cell phone number, simply turn to Google Voice and get a phone number for your business for free. This phone service from Google will allow you to place & receive calls, send text messages, get voicemail text transcripts, and most importantly forward all calls to your cell phone.
Google Voice gives you a unique number that allows you to forward all your incoming calls to your cell phone. Once you set up this service and start giving it to your customers, you don’t have to worry about customer calls to your cell phone interrupting your personal life or family time.
Also, this makes switching phones in the future easier. So, if you ever get an entirely new cell phone number simply forward your Google Voice number to it.
Setting up Google Voice
To set up your own Google Voice, first, decide which setup is the best for you. You can choose from Google Voice Number, Google Voice on Sprint, and Number Porting. After choosing one out of the three options, go to the Google Voice signup page and fill in the required information. This service will automatically prompt you to set up your Google Voice.
After setting this service up, you will select a PIN that you can use to access your Google Voice setting from your own phone and retrieve your messages. Next, you will be required to enter a forwarding number, which is the phone that will ring whenever you have a call. Finally, Google Voice will send you a numerical code to enter when Google Voice calls your forwarding number to verify that you are the true owner of that number.
Forwarding Call to Cell Phones
To forward your Google Voice number to your cell phone, go to the top of the Google Voice window and click the gear icon. After that make the next move and select settings and then click add another phone.
You can set up to six cell phone numbers to ring when someone calls you. Enter and save a name for your phone, its number, and the phone type. Lastly, verify the forwarding number by entering a verification code that will be sent to you when prompted.
Setting a Ring Schedule
This is the best part of having Google Voice – because it’s very difficult to enforce business hours when every client can call your personal cell phone anytime they want.
So, to fix this you can setup a ring schedule that will forward calls to your personal cell phone during business hours, but any calls outside of business hours will go directly to voicemail.
Here’s how to do it:
- Login to your Google Voice account (google.com/voice)
- Click on the gear icon
- Select “Settings”
- Click the “Edit” button under your cell phone number
- Click “Show advanced settings”
- Under “Ring Schedule” select “Use custom schedule” under “Weekday” or “Weekend”
- Set your business hours and click the “Save” button
If you have any questions or need help – just shoot me an email. I’m more than happy to help.