Here’s how to get a free local phone number and separate voicemail for your local business.
So you’ve got a local business, and a cell phone. Maybe you don’t want the whole world to have your cell phone number, but you don’t want to pay for a landline to your business. Enter Google Voice, a fast, free way to get a local phone number and voicemailbox for your local business. All the calls get routed to your phone, or they can go straight to voicemail if you prefer.
Here’s how to set it up. Log in to your Google Account and Google “voice.” It’ll be the first result. Click on it, and it’ll ask you if you want a new number. Hit “I want a new number.”
You’ll get a list of options. Pick any one. Hit Continue. Then you’ll need to enter a PIN number for your voicemail.
You’ll need to give Google your cell phone number so they can verify that you’re a real person. They’ll call you, give you a code, you’ll enter it, and then, voila.
Here you can set up your voicemail message. You can send calls straight to your voicemail if you desire. All your voicemails are transcribed. They can also be sent to your Gmail. Lots of features here. Remember to use this number consistently when setting up your profiles, and encourage everyone who mentions your business online to use this number.