At what point do you hire an answering service, and is it good for business?
I know a lot of doctors do it, but seeing a doctor is a necessity in most cases. Seeing a photographer isn’t. And, if they are shopping around, they might go else where.
I guess I could ignore the calls based on caller ID, but sometimes you don’t recognize the number. Then, you answer it, and say to yourself, “This could have gone to voice mail.”
My dad used to say the telephone was the world’s rudest invention. People can use it to interrupt your dinner, your work, etc. He was right. That’s why some many businesses hire a receptionist – someone whose job is getting interrupted.
By the end of the day I was frustrated because I felt I had not got anything accomplished. Well, that’s not entirely true, I just felt like I hadn’t checked enough things off on my to-do list. My wife pointed out I did take a break to help a friend. This caused some reflection about what actually got accomplished.
We get so busy or driven to do what we think is important. In spite of what I set out to do, there would be a disappointed granddaughter, a couple of disappointed daughters, disappointed clients, a disappointed wife and a stranded, frustrated and disappointed friend.
I guess my to-do list isn’t so important after all. I guess at the end of the day I should evaluate my day from another person’s eyes and ask myself if my “to-do” list is any more important than their “to-do” list.