Has your business been looking for a way to break into the United States’ lucrative markets? If so, you may have been discouraged by all of the barriers-to-entry for small businesses and startups. After investing significant capital and hiring staff, leasing property and filling out endless forms, you may be disheartened to learn that all of these things (and more) must be accomplished before turning a single profit! Is there a better way? The answer is yes, with USA virtual phone numbers.
In this article, we will take a look at how USA virtual phone numbers can revolutionize your business model and make it possible to do business in the United States in the most cost-effective way possible.
USA Business Numbers & How it Works
USA virtual phone numbers are phone numbers that use the power of the Internet to route calls through the cloud, putting callers and recipients in contact with one another instantly – no matter where in the world either party is located. This means that your business can be located outside of the United States and still reach customers in any of the 50 states (and related U.S. territories in the NANP, or North American Numbering Plan).
Normally, when callers in the United States dial your phone number that’s located outside of the U.S., they will be charged long distance fees or face service interruptions from their telecom service provider. With USA virtual phone numbers, your business bridges the gap and ensures problem-free communication.
On the other hand, when your company wants to directly contact customers and businesses in the United States, your organization can do so by using a USA virtual phone number coupled with an add-on known as “outbound calling.” With this add-on, recipients will have your USA virtual phone number appear on their caller ID, making them more likely to answer the phone. Without this add-on, recipients will receive a large string of unrecognizable digits on their caller ID.
As you can imagine, there are many benefits to USA virtual phone numbers. Let’s take a look at some of the most prominent ones in the next section.
Benefits of USA Virtual Phone Numbers
As mentioned previously, USA virtual phone numbers open up lines of communication between your business and the United States. This can be further facilitated by using various types of USA virtual phone numbers, including ITFS numbers and UIFN numbers. Known as “International Toll Free Service” numbers and “Universal International Freephone Numbers,” these phone numbers enable your business to offer toll free calling to and from your business. This is significant because if a US-based caller dials your domestic toll free phone number, they will be charged for making the call, which is something that renders the “toll free” aspect useless.
United World Telecom is also unique among service providers in that the company offers subscribers a variety of USA virtual phone numbers in every major city and region of the United States. This can help establish your business on both the East Coast (New York City, Atlanta, Boston) and West Coast (Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco), giving your organization a wide reach and presence in the United States.
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of using USA virtual phone numbers is that they practically render establishing a physical brick & mortar presence in the United States obsolete. The reason for this is because of the rise of “virtual offices,” where the traditional tasks and aspects of running a branch office within the borders of the United States has been supplanted by purely digital means. This means that by having a fully-integrated e-commerce website, online collaboration platforms (such as Slack, Trello, and Teamwork), and lines of communication – in this case, USA virtual phone numbers – there is no longer a need to lease property and go through all of the traditional hurdles of establishing a “real” business. And considering that a large majority of Americans prefer to handle their business solely online, you instantly modernize your business this way.
Last but not least, USA virtual phone numbers can be augmented with a vast array of add-ons and functionalities made possible by the digital nature of telecommunications. Just as the Internet further develops each year and becomes more sophisticated, so does the ability to augment your business with a number of interesting features. Perhaps the most prominent and emerging add-on for top-tier businesses is “CallMeClick.” CallMeClick is an add-on that enables visitors to your website to click on a link and immediately initializes a call (instead of dialing the phone number manually). This immediacy is in line with what industry experts predict as the “mobile-first” and/or “mobile-only” future. Another popular add on is “call recording.” As the name implies, inbound and outbound calls from your USA virtual phone number can be stored for later review, ensuring that your employees and staff are following your company’s protocol. Also, because international regulatory organizations are clamping down on scammers and illegitimate activity, call recording is becoming mandatory for such industries as banking, investing, and finance.