With Freelancers now comprising 1/3 of the US work force and projected to be half (70 million) by 2020 the importance of a live person answering the phone will be critical
Portland, Maine (PRWEB) May 28, 2013
Since the early 2,000's, more than 5 million very small businesses have signed up for virtual phone systems like Google Voice, Ring Central, OneBox and Grasshopper. These services allow these very small businesses to look larger than they are with 800 numbers, prerecorded greetings and call routing to cell phones. Ultimately, data shows more than 50% of their callers still end up in voice mail where more than 80% of them hang up.
Even worse, data also shows that more than 60% of small businesses do not feature their telephone prominently on their home page.
The Freelancers Union, a non profit organization founded by Sara Horowitz to provide group insurance to the estimated 45 million freelancers in the US, has recognized the value Main Virtual Office has for their members and will be featuring a special offer on Main Virtual's answering service and mobile app in their newsletter being released today to their 213,000 members.
"This partnership underscores the importance for these very small businesses to recognize that two very basic things can immediately make them more competitive" says Jim Plunkett of Main Virtual Office. "First they need to make sure they feature their contact telephone number prominently on their home page. Secondly they need to make sure their incoming calls are answered by a live person".
"With Freelancers now comprising 1/3 of the US work force and projected to be half (70 million) by 2020, the importance of a live person answering the phone, whether it's themselves, a virtual assistant or a virtual answering service, will be critical to their survival" said Plunkett.
About Main Virtual Office
Main Virtual Office is a next generation, cloud based answering service and mobile app designed specifically for freelancers, solopreneurs and very small businesses.
About the Freelancers Union
The Freelancers Union is a non profit organization comprising more than 210,000 members, established to provide group insurance to freelancers and solopreneurs.