(800) #s

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ground Effects, Feb 21, 2000.

  1. Ground Effects

    Ground Effects LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    I'm thinking about running a separate phone line, but I'm debating on if I should buy into an 800#. I figure it will look a little better in the yellow pages, and be a free call to potential customers. Not to mention I plan on moving in the near future,so that causes a little problem with advertising in the phone book.<br> P.S.- Any advice or ideas would be really nice THANKS AGAIN!
     
  2. EDL

    EDL LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Posts: 110

    We are located on the massuchusetts and connecticut border, so we use an 800# for this reason, I would say there are no downsides except for a larger phone bill, but it pays for itself with jobs we wouldn't get if we didn't have it. Tom
     
  3. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,446

    If your customer base is outside your local calling area, it makes sense.<p>There were a few guys who had one here locally. They all seem to go out of business. 800 numbers have a negative connotation in that when you call them, you don't get personalized service.<p>IMO
     
  4. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,830

    If you are considering a toll free number, try www.ureach.com. They will give you a FREE toll free number. If you upgrade (which is also free) then you get your own personal 1-800 number with no extension. You can point then number in any direction; your business line for instance. And you get something like 60 minutes of free usage per month. After that it costs a little bit but it's super cheap. I've never gone over the free minutes. It's a good way to check out a toll free number with no risk and no cost. <p>Jim <p>----------<br>Jim Lewis - Lewis Landscape Services<br>http://www.lewislandscape.com
     
  5. jeffclc

    jeffclc Guest
    Posts: 0

    One thing to think about, Will you attract calls from outside your service area? THese calls will count on your bill,and also waste your valuable time.<p>Is your service area that big that your customers/potential customers are making a toll call to talk to you? If this is the case, would those dollars spent on the 800# be better spent attracting customers that are closer to you?<p>All my customers are within a local call for me. An 800 # would be nice, IF your customers are making a toll call to talk to you.<br>
     

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