You need a second phone number for work. That’s just a fact. Whether it’s a small business, a side hustle, a corporate job, or anything in between, you need to stay connected to your work on the go.
But you don’t want to give out your personal phone number; mixing work and your personal life is a recipe for stress. You don’t want to have clients or coworkers calling you at all hours of the night, texting you on the weekends, diverting your attention from what matters at the moment.
And you definitely don’t want to buy a second cell phone. Have you seen the size of the new phones on the market these days? They’re massive. They’re expensive. Nobody wants to lug around two different phones, and deal with two phone bills!
A better solution is a second number, like the sort offered through the Hushed app.
Get a business line and get some downtime
One thing we all miss from the days of landlines and answering machines is the ability to unplug. Whether you’re driving for Uber or keeping track of corporate clients, you’re connected during the workday. And when it ends, you don’t want to be bothered with work issues. Keeping a clean distinction between work and your personal time is very important for your mental health, but it’s also increasingly a thing of the past. We carry our phones with us constantly, and as a result, feel pressure to be available to work 24/7.
Whatever model of phone you have, both iOS or Android users report the same issue: when your device is always in reach, you feel stressed. There’s no way to separate your work life from your personal phone.
You’re not going to fully disconnect from work until you stop thinking about your job, and you will always be thinking about it if you’re watching work calls and texts go unanswered.
By setting up a business line through Hushed, you can set specific hours when you are available. With our custom voicemail option, you can let callers know when you are available to take their call. This is ideal for your work-life balance. By making phone calls and texts a part of your workday only, you’re setting expectations for when your contacts can reach you. And if you’ve already fallen into the trap of giving out your personal cell phone number, it’s not too late to correct the balance!
Features are your friend
With a secondary phone number from Hushed, you can also forward calls directly to voicemail, so your device will never ring during your downtime (letting you unwind in peace).
Now, if you’re thinking “big deal, I can forward calls to voicemail on my regular cell phone number too,” you’re correct. But you’re not seeing the big picture; when you forward your Hushed calls to voicemail, you’re sending your work calls into the future and letting your callers know that you will deal with them promptly–when you’re back at work.
You can still receive incoming calls on your personal cell phone line while this is going on! So you won’t miss out on anything important in your personal life while forwarding business calls with Hushed.
Forward incoming calls to a coworker’s phone line after you leave for the day. The possibilities are endless!
Features are wonderful options to have. But the secret to successfully using your secondary phone number is all in how you apply those features!
Make it a habit to enable call forwarding when you clock out of the office. Reset your voicemail on Friday afternoon with a specific (yet professional!) message, letting your customers know you get back to them on Monday morning.
You can even set up auto-reply text messages! This means that, when you receive a text, your Hushed number will immediately reply with preset information. If you’re a store owner, for example, you can set it so that a customer texting you “Hours?” will result in your number replying with the message, “We’re closed for the holiday Monday, and we reopen on Tuesday!” Or if you run an Airbnb, you can enable it to send the WiFi password to your guests when they check-in. You have so many options!
Automation is key in any business, and that is doubly true if you are your own boss or participate in the gig economy. Any chance you have to automate and streamline communications is something you ought to take–you owe it to yourself to simplify your life, both at home and at work.
Unlimited calls and texts
We saved the best for last: with a Hushed Unlimited Plan subscription, you can take advantage of unlimited calls and texts! We offer Unlimited Plan numbers for the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
For as little as $4.99 per month, you can call and text as much as you want. This is a great option regardless of your needs, but it’s especially useful for a business number. If you want to get started with a side hustle like Uber, Postmates, or TaskRabbit, you’ll need to be available for texts all the time; that can get expensive. But with unlimited texts, you won’t worry about overage fees of any kind.
Simplify your work/life balance with a second phone number from Hushed today!