How to Make Your Number Work For You

How to Make Your Number Work For You

When choosing a telephone system one of the things to consider is your telephone number. Traditionally you would be allocated a number that corresponds to the area that you are based, such as 0161 for Manchester. However, it is becoming ever more popular for businesses to break with tradition and instead to use their number choice to their marketing advantage.

So how can you make your telephone number work for you? This comes down to your client base and who you are trying to reach. Consider the areas that you operate in now, new areas that you would like to approach and how easy it is for your customers to call you. Below is a list of number examples and how they can work to your advantage

0845 Not to be confused with a free phone number this is simply a non-geographical number. This is great if your customer base is UK wide and you do not wish to advertise just the area in which your office is located

03 A relatively new addition, the 03 numbers are the 08 alternatives for customers using their mobiles phones. 08 numbers are typically costly for mobile users and in some cases cannot be dialled. Instead, an 03 number provides the same anonymity of the 0845 range but allows mobile users to dial freely and, in some cases, to use their free contracted minutes rather than paying for the call.

01, 02 etc Area numbers are the tradition however with an internet based system such as Vican you can select telephone numbers for any area in the UK and not just where your office is based. This is brilliant should you find that a portion of your customers are based elsewhere and you wish to provide a more local presence in their area.

Don’t forget that you don’t have to make this decision straight away and additional numbers can be added at any time. With Vican Connect another number can be added to your package for just £3pcm! Speak to us today for more information.

How Can You Work From Home and Still be Productive?

How Can You Work From Home and Still be Productive?

Whether it’s during the morning commute (whilst stuck in lanes of endless traffic), whilst battling the UK weather to grab some lunch or during a particularly difficult afternoon of struggling to work in a busy office. At some point every very office worker will ponder – wouldn’t it be easier to work from home?

However aside from the benefits of no commute, working in your pjs and grabbing lunch in your kitchen – working from home can have its downsides. Arguably one of the most important issues that home workers face is how to continue to be productive. Without the assistance of colleagues for opinions, office hours to keep you in check and even somebody to grab the phone the day can run away.

Some how do you ensure that working from home is as productive as possible? Here are some top tips from Vican Connect:-

  • Create some space, if possible create a home office or working area. This will help to separate home life from the working day and will enable you to close the door and relax so that you are raring to go the next day.
  • Make Boundaries – speak to your family and housemates. Explain that whilst you are at home you are at work and cannot be expected to collect deliveries, walk the dog or complete any household tasks during work hours
  • Invest in Equipment – Working in an office usually provides access to a range of useful business technology that isn’t always available at home. Invest in items that will make your day easier such as a printer, good computer and business phone

Call into the office, ultimately a face to face conversation or a short meeting can get you back on track. Where possible arrange to call in and engage with your team. This will not only improve your working relationships but should also help you to channel your focus.