Ask DN: Personal or Dedicated Phone number for Client Work?

over 5 years ago from Laurie Jones, Web Designer @

  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, over 5 years ago

    If you’re using iOS, VIP and Do Not Disturb should work well enough? VIP will let your family and friends through, and Do Not Disturb (set at ~6PM) will lessen annoyances.

    What’s your main concern? If done a lot of freelance and contract work in the past, and haven’t had any issues with clients calling late. Maybe I was lucky, but most respected weekends and nights.

    If a client does call at an unreasonable hour, a quick click of the wake/sleep button will send them to voicemail.

    Ideally having two numbers on the one phone would be perfect, but I haven't come across a viable solution for that.

    Maybe Skype or similar could be used?

    I think there’s a lot of negatives for carrying two phones, and not many plusses.

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    • Laurie JonesLaurie Jones, over 5 years ago

      Thanks Marc, that's true. My main concern is having my personal phone number listed on my website could cause issues with spam or international calls.

      Would business cards with a skype handle rather than a phone number be warmly received by the average business owner? I'm not so sure...

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      • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, over 5 years ago

        Oh, gotcha. That’s a fair point. I don’t think I’d ever want my mobile number shown on a website. Why have your phone number shown at all? Do you think someone interested won’t fill out a contact form? A contact form might also be able to ensure you get some other valuable info?

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      • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

        Another option: Cheap prepaid sim, cheap phone, and set it to redirect to your real mobile. Shouldn’t cost too much, as you’d only need the minimum value 12 month prepaid to keep it alive.

        That’ll give you a second phone number, and you won’t need to take the second phone out with you. It would mean you’re calling clients back from your main mobile, but at least you have something different to list on your website.

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