Posted by Brad Crouch on July 01, 2003 at 12:27:29:
You could consider getting a cell phone, anyway. The cell phone will have a voicemail feature, no matter what kind you get. On this voicemail, you will be able to tailor an outgoing message.
Leave the phone “turned on” as often as you can, and answer the phone whenever you can. For the times you can’t answer, the caller will have the chance to leave a message and his/her name & phone number.
While many folks say that having an answering service is ideal, the MOST ideal is to answer the calls yourself (for potential sellers . . . not buyers). An answering service that will use scripted (and presumably qualifying questions and answers), will cost somewhere in the area of one hundred dollars a month . . . possibly money better spent on postage.
If money is an issue, you can always get a cell phone that is “prepaid”. Then you can buy minutes as you need them, rather than sign a contract that obligates you to pay every month for at least a year.
Hope this helps,