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If I had to guess, I'd venture to say that many of my fellow warriors who use the phone to sell, probably work out of their house ~ like me.

Being since I live where I work, I would rather that prospects & clients DIDN'T have my house number. This is easy enough to accomplish on my stationary and related sales materials, since I simply have one of those el cheapo $5 per month dedicated voicemails. However, what do I do when I dial out you ask?

I ALWAYS make sure to block my number via *67. But, there's a problem with this too. Some prospects won't pick up blocked calls. Here's the solution...

There's a GREAT product called "Spoof Card". Just like a calling card, you can buy assorted amounts of time. They start at $5 for about 20 minutes. I go through at least a couple of these things a month...and they're worth every penny. It allows you to have ANY phone number (aside from emergency services & governmental) to show up on someones caller i.d. Even the name or business associated with the number will show up! Here's some of the uses...

1. I constantly have prospects/clients calling my "office number" (which is my voicemail). Obviously, my only two options are: call them back from my house and block my number, or, call from my house and reveal my home phone! No way. I simply enter my voicemail number as what I'd like to appear on the prospects caller i.d. using Spoof Card, and the recipient thinks I'm calling from where he originally left his message. Neat, huh?!

2. Here's another little goody. How many times have you had people giving you the runaround on a payment, a decision, etc.? They're wise to you and won't pick up the call because they recognize your number. Spoof Card solves that too. Can't tell you how many times I used this tactic

3. This one's sweet. Let's say you have a pain in the ass client you want to avoid, or, you need to stall on finishing something for a customer. Simply call them up using an out of state number like Hawaii, Florida, etc. and tell them you had an emergency trip to make. They'll see the number come up on their caller i.d. and assume you're being legit.

4. I don't know about you guys, but, I've sold all over the country using the phone. Spoof Card is perfect for giving the illusion that you're in the same state, heck ~ even the same TOWN as the prospect!

Check it out for yourself. It truly is like a swiss army knife for my business
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  • Profile picture of the author beeswarn
    You forgot to include the affiliate link to purchase the Spoof Card, but your post is sufficiently keyword rich.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Sales Guy
      Originally Posted by beeswarn View Post

      You forgot to include the affiliate link to purchase the Spoof Card, but your post is sufficiently keyword rich.
      Haha, no, I am not affiliated with them. Matter of fact, there's a slew of other companies who provide the same service. However, I've found SC to be the most trustworthy and reliable.

      @IamNameless ~ Good idea. I used to have a dedicated business line, but, still in my house. I like a clear separation between work and business I tried the cell phone route too, but, the clarity sounded too lousy.
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  • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
    I just use a line through my cable company and have the name show up on caller ID as the business name. I have a couple different lines for tracking. My cell I never give out.

    I don't think I would want to give the illusion of being in the same town. A little too misleading for me, plus, I never have a problem with distance. Spoof card does sound cool for some things, especially getting the people who avoid you LOL.
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  • Profile picture of the author jomina
    Another easy way that's totally free is to get a Google Voice number, and have it dial for you.

    Just integrate it with your gmail account, by getting the plugin for it (it's free).

    Then, when you want to make calls, you can dial the number in gmail... this will initiate google calling your home number (or whatever you'll be using), which you then pick up and google will dial the number you input before, using your google voice number.

    So, want to dial a business? Dial the number in Gmail connected to your Voice account... pick up the phone when Google calls you (it's immediate) and blammo... you're Google Voice number is what the business will see has dialed.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Sales Guy
      Originally Posted by jomina View Post

      Another easy way that's totally free is to get a Google Voice number, and have it dial for you.

      Just integrate it with your gmail account, by getting the plugin for it (it's free).

      Then, when you want to make calls, you can dial the number in gmail... this will initiate google calling your home number (or whatever you'll be using), which you then pick up and google will dial the number you input before, using your google voice number.

      So, want to dial a business? Dial the number in Gmail connected to your Voice account... pick up the phone when Google calls you (it's immediate) and blammo... you're Google Voice number is what the business will see has dialed.
      Sounds excellent, gotta look into that Probably a bit too complicated for my non~techy ass, but, you happened to use the magic word...FREE, lol. Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author MonteMichaels
        Originally Posted by The Sales Guy View Post

        Sounds excellent, gotta look into that Probably a bit too complicated for my non~techy ass, but, you happened to use the magic word...FREE, lol. Thanks!
        From what i can see the spoof cards look more difficult to use than Google voice. I use it for all of my telemarketing, and call right from my cell phone. The calls also come back to my cell phone, and I can shut it off when ever I want. Really simple and quick to use.
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        • Profile picture of the author David Miller
          A little toooooooooooooo much info Sales Guy!
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    • Profile picture of the author Jerry McGough
      A.) OK..OK...I admit that I'm all in if Charlize Theron's name is on the phone

      ....here lies the problem....

      B.) I go to jail because you're a dead man if it's not

      Sound like some potential levity with existing customers though.......
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      • Profile picture of the author David Miller
        I have a business line thru my cable company in the house. When I call out I think it looks better to have business name show up, especially since so many people will ingore "private" calls that come in.

        That may not be an issue when you're calling an office where there's some type of "switchboard" but these days the odds are the business you're calling is probably in his pajamas same as many of us.

        As a benefit, since I have the business phone thru cable, I alse switched my internet service to the business system so it's all a deduction.
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        • Profile picture of the author The Sales Guy
          Originally Posted by David Miller View Post

          I have a business line thru my cable company in the house. When I call out I think it looks better to have business name show up, especially since so many people will ingore "private" calls that come in.

          That may not be an issue when you're calling an office where there's some type of "switchboard" but these days the odds are the business you're calling is probably in his pajamas same as many of us.

          As a benefit, since I have the business phone thru cable, I alse switched my internet service to the business system so it's all a deduction.
          David, how DARE you suggest I sell while wearing my pajamas! You haven't a clue as to what you are talking about. FYI, I happen to pitch in the nude LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author FreeLeadsKING
    LOL.... I could have gone without that visual.
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  • Profile picture of the author MonteMichaels
    As long as you are not going to appointments dressed like that!
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    Flip flops and a coke bottle anytime I call nudist camps, which is everyday actually.

    The coke bottle is for.... when I'm thirsty.
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