Concerned About Privacy for Your Home-Based Business?

No Phone? No Problem.

My initial reaction to the client who didn’t want to give out his street address or landline phone for customers to contact him was “No problem, you’ve got an email address and I’ll find you a free voice mail service.”

One Google search and about ten minutes later I found this free voice mail system.

You can choose to setup your account for playback only (announcement/greeting) or playback and record (so callers can leave a message). You can tell the service to send you email notifications and/or daily activity statements or you go on-line to check your account for messages and get reports.

You can record your message at your computer (we used the free audio recording and editing software from Audacity) and upload it to your Simple Voice Box account. Once you’ve finished with your greeting, you’re ready to receive messages. See why they call it Simple Voice Box?

There’s no limit on the length of messages you can receive or how long they can be stored. So you shouldn’t lose any messages because a caller talked too long or the message got too old.

Note: This is NOT a voice-to-text service, so nothing will get lost in the translation. You’ll get an audio recording of the caller’s message (via email and/or on-line, depending upon how you set your options). This means you’ll need to have your computer speakers turned on or be using a headset to listen.

If you want to use the service to broadcast messages to customers or clients, you can set up an RSS feed or a podcast for them to subscribe to.

If email isn’t an acceptable way for customers to communicate with you OR you use an autoresponder and don’t want to list your street address to meet the CAN-SPAM laws, get yourself a local post office box. They’re relatively inexpensive. In my zip code the monthly rental starts at $3.50.

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