By alicia.sandino on June 15, 2017
Small Business Growth Tips

A VoIP phone number can give your business the edge it needs to compete in saturated markets. When you pair your new numbers with a phone service that provides you with the best communications strategy, you’re setting yourself up for growth and success. You don’t necessarily need an office phone to start communicating with your customers. All you need is the cell phone in your hand and an easy-to-remember phone number.

Thanks to advances in communication technology, business professionals are able to take the functionality of an office phone with us, wherever we go. How? In order to keep up with the shifting communication trends, VoIP providers are creating plans that allow users to access VoIP features and services on multiple devices, using a professional business phone number, without compromising quality.

When you’re choosing a business phone number, there are three different types of business numbers, which are also known as DIDs (Direct Inward Dial): Local, Toll-Free, and Vanity. Let’s go over each one.


Everyone always roots for the home team; local businesses are no different. Consumers feel good about supporting local businesses and tend to take calls with local area codes more than those with outside area codes. Use your local number to advertise in community directories and make it easy for individuals in your backyard in need of your service to find you.

800 Toll-Free

If you’re looking for a more professional image, a toll-free number is the best way to go. Since it costs nothing for customers to call this 800 number, your business can use it for a customer service line to establish credibility while giving your business a national presence. These numbers are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and are yours to keep when you purchase them.


If you’re looking for a phone number that will resonate with your target market and will make your business number easy to remember, you’ll want to look into a vanity number. A vanity number is simply a toll-free number that includes the spelling of a company name, a relevant acronym, or a related word. 1-800-FLOWERS is a perfect example. What would your vanity number look like?

Choosing Your Business Phone Number Just Got Easier

With an IP phone service provider, like FastPBX, you can use any of these phone numbers to access the productivity-boosting features provided by a service provider, such as call forwarding. You can even use these numbers with your mobile device so you can take your business communications with you. Thanks to a new update on the FastPBX website, it’s now possible for individuals to choose their own business phone number in no time. Are you ready to get your new business phone number? Start choosing yours now!

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