Google Voice is a Game Changer

How many phone numbers are you currently reachable at?  Two? Three? Four? Maybe even five?  Let’s see: you’ve got the home, office, mobile, and home office phone lines where you’re reachable.  So if it’s any more than one number, that can make phone communications with clients, friends and family less than 100% efficient.  Add multiple voicemail boxes to check and it becomes even less efficient.

While we’d all like to think that one day we’ll only need our mobile phones as our single point of contact, that reality is still several years away.  A study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that a mere 15.8% of U.S households have cut the landline cord and switched to mobile service exclusively.  Spotty coverage, sometimes poor voice quality and lack of consistent 911 emergency services are among a few of the reasons we still rely on a land line.  For many of us, this means at least two phone lines to answer.

So wouldn’t it be great to be able to give out a single number to everyone to reach you without having to worry about where you might be?  That single number would ring all of your phones simultaneously and you could pick up the call from any phone that’s handy.  And if a caller left a voicemail, you’d only have one box to check.  That’s the idea (and much more) behind GV, a web-based telecommunication service.

To continue reading this article, which is posted on the FPA of Michigan web site, please click on this link:

Cool Tools, Part 1 of 2

Every day I use tools that save me time, keystrokes and secure my data.  In this article, I will share some of my favorite cool tools. You will find them easy to use and big efficiency boosters. The best part is most of them are free or cost very little and are free of spyware.

To continue reading, please click on the following link to the full article on NAIFA’s Advisor Today web site:

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