How an outsourced reception can save you money

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If you run your own business you will be aware that it is not always convenient to answer all of your own calls, and as your business grows and develops hiring a receptionist may be something you will have to consider. And although hiring an in house receptionist to deal with your calls is extremely beneficial to the running of your business, there are other, more cost effective, options available to you. By using Best Reception’s call answering services you can help to ensure that you never miss out on vital business calls, for a fraction of the cost of hiring an in-house receptionist!
There are obvious reasons why outsourcing your reception would be a cost effective alternative to hiring an in-house receptionist; for example, the amount paid on a yearly salary, holiday entitlements and other in-house staff benefits. These are all unnecessary expenditures you can avoid with an outsourced reception.
With an in-house receptionist, it is almost inevitable that some calls will go unanswered during peak times, which may lead to you missing out on essential new business. But by outsourcing your calls to your very own team of virtual receptionists, you can provide your office with vital back-up at busy times. Outsourcing your reception also ensures that during periods of low call volumes you are not paying out for unnecessary staff.
Here at Best Reception we also offer a free sales screening service, which means your time is not wasted dealing with pesky sales calls. If you are currently struggling to keep on top of the everyday tasks within your business, you will know that there is nothing more irritating than pointless sales calls wasting your time and therefore your money.
So why not make the most of your business and start saving money today- Give Best Reception a call to arrange your own free trial so you can see just how helpful we can be!

My first day as a Virtual Receptionist

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I wasn’t sure what to expect as my first day at my new job as a Virtual Receptionist, I had worked in a very slightly similar environment before so a part of me imagined it would just be a matter of getting used to new clients, this was not the case, I have found that being a Virtual Receptionist is not as straight forward as being a front of house Receptionist and at times can be much more challenging..

I started my first day with a meeting with my new manager; we discussed the job role again then we spoke about what I would be doing over the following days and how he planned for me to progress over the next couple of days.

Firstly I was shown the system that is used for telephone answering, when I first saw it I thought it all looked very daunting as I had never seen anything like it before, there were lots of boxes, lists and writing everywhere, it all looked very complicated but I was assured I would get the hang of it, looking at how confident the other girls were on the system also made me feel more comfortable with giving it a go!

I did a few practice calls with Andy to try and get the hang of the system without the pressure of someone else on the other end of the line! This was good for practice and got me used to clicking the right buttons at the right time.

After a few practices I spent the rest of the afternoon shadowing one of the other Virtual Receptionists this involved using a system where I could listen in on her calls and hear how the clients and the receptionists interact with each other, I was also answering the calls but had the support of someone else being there and being able to hear what was being said so I felt more confident that less could go wrong.

The calls are divided into three groups depending on how hard they are; green orange and red (Green being the easiest and red being the hardest)

For the rest of the week I was sitting with the girls one at a time to take and listen to calls, I think this was the best way I could have been trained to take the calls because I got to listen to how each of the girls spoke with the different clients and how the different clients spoke to us and how they expected we spoke to the clients.

On the Friday of that week I sat on my own and took the call by myself but I had the security that if I felt unsure on how to answer a call or what to say to the clients, that everyone else in the office would be able to help.

Now at the end of my second week here at best reception I am working independently on my desk but knowing if I ever need any help I have everyone around me

I am really looking forward to my time ahead at best reception as I progress and move forward!

Using an Outsourced Reception to take orders

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Running your own business can require a lot of time and hard work, and finding the time to answer all of your incoming calls may be a struggle. You may think that missing the odd call will not affect your business, but in the current economic struggle can you really afford to miss out on new business enquiries?

Fast and efficient call answering is especially important if your company incorporates order taking –A vast majority of people still prefer to place orders over the telephone but if you don’t have sufficient support in your office then you could be at risk of losing orders and potential customers. By outsourcing your calls to Best Reception, your very own team of Virtual Receptionists can answer your calls in your company’s name, in a greeting that suits you.

Our order taking service helps to ensure that your customer’s calls are answered professionally, and dealt with in a way that suits your business. Your receptionists, however, are not just limited to answering your calls- They can advise your callers on your products, track and process orders for your business when you can’t and, most importantly, maintain a constant point of contact for your clients.

So if you’re looking for a cost efficient and professional order taking service (plus much more!) then call Best Reception now on 01992 531000 to arrange your 2 week free trial.

Why we offer a free trial

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At Best Reception we are so confident that we can benefit businesses of all shapes and sizes that we now offer every new customer a free, two week, no obligation trial! This gives us a chance to demonstrate the many ways in which our tailor-made services can be of assistance to each and every business, and also gives the chance for new clients to see the benefits first-hand.

Our free trial is offered to all new customers with no obligation, and once the free trial begins many customers are surprised to see that we are so much more than just an ‘answering service’ as our virtual receptionist can cover a whole range of requirements, for example;

?        Booking appointments (& rescheduling/cancelling them)

?        Providing company information to callers

?        Taking payments

?        Order processing

?        Helpline services

?        Switchboard services

?        And a huge range more in order to provide a fully 3 dimensional service           to businesses of all types, whatever the requirement.

We’re also very proud of the fact that, after their trial has ended, most new customers comment on how their clients have no idea we are an external company!

A free trial not only enables your own team of virtual receptionists to get to know your company, it also allows us to see an accurate guide of your call volume. We can then use this to calculate and suggest the most appropriate call plan for your business, based on the actual amount of calls you receive, to ensure that you are getting the best possible value for your money. What’s more, if your call volume changes in the future (as your business grows perhaps), our flexible service allows you to change the call plan you are on.

Offering a free trial to all new clients has proven to be an immensely successful means of demonstrating how our business can benefit our new clients, and the vast majority of the people who use the trial go on to use us as their outsourced reception service on a permanent basis.

So why not set up a free trial with Best Reception today and find out how our service can benefit you?  It’s completely free and without obligation, so what have you got to lose?


Telephone cover for Snow Days

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If you are a business owner you will know that customer communication is crucial to the effective running of any business, whether it is taking the time to speak to an existing customer or securing the deal with those all-important new business enquiries. With the threat of snow fast approaching, could your business really afford to lose out on a day or so of business?

This is a question that many business owners will find themselves repeating over and over as the winter weather takes a turn for the worse and ensuring business continuity during the days when staff can’t get into work is vital for any business. Outsourcing your calls toBest Receptionmay be just the right answer for your business. With our flexible service, you can choose to divert all of your calls to us or just to answer your calls when you are not able to. Our virtual reception service can help to ensure you are prepared for any unanticipated circumstances that may arise, such as if your in house receptionist can not make it into work because of adverse weather.

This is something that is especially vital in the coming winter months with warnings of snow approaching. Within seconds you can divert your telephone calls to your team of receptionists; who will be ready to answer your calls, in your business name, with a greeting that suits you. 

Your receptionists are not just limited to answering calls; having your own team of receptionists means that we are able to plan your own tailor-made service, designed to suit you and your company’s individual needs, for ongoing or just one-off, emergency cover. Whether that means you want us to call your clients, re arrange or book appointments or simply answer your phones when you cannot,Best Receptioncan draw up a plan for you.

So don’t get stuck in the snow this year, give our friendly team of receptionists a call to see how our service can help to guarantee your business is supported when you need it most.

Does your business need an overflow service?

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Running a business can require a lot of your own time and hard work, and so hiring a receptionist to manage all of your calls and admin work seems like the perfect solution. But what happens when your receptionist is on the other line or away from their desk at the time that vital phone call comes in?

With Best Reception, you can divert all the calls your front of house receptionist is unable to answer to your very own personal team of virtual receptionists with our overflow service. By using our overflow service, you can help to ensure that your clients are never left waiting on hold or passed on to an unreliable voicemail service. Having your calls diverted to Best Receptioncan help to ensure that you do not miss out on those all-important new enquiry phone calls, and also keep your existing customers happy by ensuring that their call is always answered by in a friendly and professional way. Your virtual receptionists will blend so seamlessly into the flow of your telephone answering, you needn’t even tell your clients we exist!

Outsourcing your reception also means that you are well prepared for unanticipated circumstances, such as if your in house receptionist can not make it into work. This is something that is especially vital in the coming winter months with warnings of snow approaching. Within seconds you can divert some or all of your telephone calls to your team of virtual receptionists; who will be ready to answer your calls, in your business name, with a greeting that suits you.

So don’t fret about missing out on important calls when your call volume soars out of your control, divert your calls to your own personal team of virtual receptionists fromBest Reception!