Main Virtual Office has launched a new website www.usanswer.com. After a year in Beta, Main Virtual Office has now distinguished itself as the premier small business alternative to voicemail. Our small business answering service is really the only viable and affordable alternative for very small businesses looking for a voicemail alternative, said Jim Plunkett CEO and Co-founder. We founded Main Virtual Office to specifically cater to the nations smallest businesses.
We predict that most of nations workforce will be freelancers and solopreneurs in the next 5 years. Most of these small businesses are still using cellphones and the voicemail provided by their carriers, even though studies show that more than 80% of callers will hang up when they are sent to voicemail.
Most believe that the high hang up rate is due at least in part to scheme concocted by the four major cellular carriers in the early nineties. Realizing the dramatic increase in cell phone adoption, especially by small businesses, they decided to add 15 -20 seconds of instructions in their voicemail recordings, increasing their annual revenue more than $750 million per year, each.
What was once considered the “norm” for handling calls you cannot handle has now become a liability for these small businesses. Only the most competitive of these small businesses are now seeing this and beginning to gain a competitive advantage by having their calls answered live.
About Jim Plunkett
Once lead engineer on the cleanup of the nations worst hazardous waste sites, Jim entered the digital world in 1999, founding Vacationharbor.com (think Air B&B 1.0). In 2001, at Wright Express, Jim conceived the “Daily Best Fuel Price”, now branded Octane, arguably the first “app” ever developed. Jim was employee number 11 and EVP at PowerPay, which grew 900% from 2004-2008, making the Inc. 500 list. Jim is presently Co-founder and CEO of US Answer.
About US Answer
US Answer is cloud-based answering service and mobile app built on the Salesforce.com and 8×8’s cloud-based Contactual software. More information can be found at www.usanswer.com