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What Can an Answering Service Do For My Business? - PATLive - Blog

What Can an Answering Service Do For My Business?

As your business grows, however, it’s not possible to be on call 24/7; it’s not really possible even if you’re a single-member business. If you and your key employees spend all your time fielding customer calls, you won’t be able to actually do the work or run the business.

Too many business owners know the feeling that can come with being strapped to your phone in case an important client or vendor or even an employee calls. You worry that missing a customer call could mean missing their business, and you know the importance of handling everything quickly as soon as it pops up.

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That’s where answering services come in. High quality, US-based answering services can help your business in a number of ways, giving you a little more breathing room while offering multiple distinct benefits. In this post, we’ll go over the most advantageous benefits that services like ours offer and how they can impact your business.

Guaranteed Great First Impressions

Answering services like PATLive use experienced agents who will greet customers exactly how your business prefers, guaranteeing a fantastic first, second, or third impression.

Having a warm, knowledgeable agent fielding your calls will show that your business is established enough and committed enough to your customers to have help on hand to take great care of them. This can give a big boost in credibility and trustability, and it will make you look professional.

Consistent Message-Taking

If the answering service can’t resolve customer questions or complaints for any reason, or if they just have to pass along information to you, they offer diligent message-taking services. Here at PATLive, this is something that our clients appreciate, as we’ll immediately pass along any urgent messages to the people who need to see them.

Fast Appointment Scheduling

Hiring a full time receptionist can be expensive and may be out of budget for a large number of businesses; an answering service is the best and only stand-in for an in-person receptionist that you need.

PATLive agents can actually handle appointment scheduling for you, as long as they have access to your schedule and your preferences. They can take in customer calls at 2AM, get them on the books for a Thursday meeting with you, but still ensure that your afternoon is blocked off from calls so you can enjoy the company party that evening.

Reliable Lead Collection

You work hard to generate leads, and may even have multiple sales funnels set up online and in person to get people reaching out to express interest in doing business with you. The last thing you want is for those efforts to be squandered because you aren’t available to answer the phone when those leads come knocking.

Answering services like PATLive are available 24/7, 365 days a year so you never have to worry about missing a call from a lead. Our agents are also well-trained to take lead information and answer their initial questions or concerns before passing them along to you.

Streamlined Event Registration

When you’re hosting an event, everything can get real crazy real fast. Trying to field the increase in questions, the event registrations, and your typical workload could send things spinning out of control without the right systems in place.

High-tier answering services will have you covered here, handling all event registration tasks at hand. We can accept entire event registrations or applications over the phone, even processing payments so that you don’t have to. If you’ve ever had to ask customers for a credit card and listen to them rummage through their home to find it for five minutes, you’ll understand what an incredible time saver this will be. Let us take this off your hands while you focus on preparing and hosting the event.

Call Overflow & Transfer Abilities  

Are all your in-office lines tied up even when you’re actually in office and taking calls? The thought of losing a potential sale by missing a call when you’re actively answering that phone at rapid-fire paces can be almost unbearable, so you need to consider call overflow options.

Sure, the customer could leave a voicemail, but the last thing you need is to get behind on client calls and voicemails, which can sometimes start piling in faster than you can catch up, sending you on an unpleasant spiral that’s hard to come out from.

If you’re tied up, answering services offer call overflow, ensuring that every call is answered in a prompt manner. Those 24/7 hours really come into play here, and ensure that you never walk into the office with fifty voicemails to start your day off in a chaotic way.

If the call must be directed to you, the answering service agent can either take a message and bring it to your attention immediately, or transfer the call directly to you. This tells the customer that they are a priority, and that while you’re tied up now, you’ll be with them soon.


As your business grows, it’s impossible to do everything yourself, and if you try, you won’t be able to do anything well because your attention will be too divided.

Answering services will take an enormous burden off your shoulders, allowing you to focus on running the business you love while expert, enthusiastic agents handle some of the incoming calls that could disrupt your day otherwise. With so many distinct advantages available with the right service, there’s no reason not to invest.

Interested in learning more about how PATLive can help you advance your business and improve customer relationships? Try it free for 14 days here.


Publish Date: April 4, 2019 5:00 AM

2021 Buyers Guide Telecoms

Cloud IT Services GmbH

Dialfire offers you a complete call center solution that is simple and intuitive to use and adapts to your needs. It's completely cloud-based, saving you the hassle of setting up a phone system and installing software. In addition to predictive dialing and call blending of inbound calls, you can create personalized campaigns through an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. Features include automated workflows and full control over the agent screen.

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Cloudonix’s smart voice calls enable frictionless experiences that drive better customer care and faster sales by merging voice and data into a complete service context. Cloudonix add Cloud capabilities to your existing on premise Call Center enabling your agents to work from anywhere in the world. Security, Privacy and more – rapidly deployed and cost effective without replacing your existing systems or retraining your team.

Connectica Solutions, LLC

PBX On The Cloud
We provide complete Cloud-based PBX/Phone Systems, including predictive and progressive dialers, phone lines in more than 75 countries and low cost international rates.
We specialize in the US and Latin American market.

DiRAD Technologies

AI Powered Contact Center Provider, AI Chat & Voicebot, Enterprise Telephony
Take advantage of the latest customer service innovations with Contact Center, Virtual Assistant, and Interactive Voice solutions for accessible, 24×7 services across multiple channels.

Layer One Technologies

Layer One Technologies provides information and communication technology (ICT) services to businesses in the greater Charlotte area. Whatever your cabling needs, we have you covered.


VOIP services
Stay in contact quickly and easily with your international offices through Megacall.

Megacall will fulfill all your telecommunication requirements and on top of that go the extra mile and surprise you with new possibilities for your business, speed to action your requests and keeping within your budget.

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Our SNAPsolution – UC and Collaboration tools – can be quickly deployed so you can realize your ROI just as quick. netsapiens offers a comprehensive suite of unified communications (UC) & Contact Center (CC) feature-sets to service providers. Custom-built to provide our partners with unprecedented levels of flexibility, customization, and ease of use.

netsapiens allows you to control your margins in order to improve your ROI. As a provider of a facilities-based solution, you are able to personally choose your origination, termination, hardware costs, etc. to fit your budget. We also allow you to strategically price your product for a maximum return on your investment by charging on a conc...
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Nuxiba Technologies

Build a strong business presence and improve customer relationships!

Offer custom-tailored solutions throughout your sales cycles and customer interactions and assess service levels and control corporate goal achievement through reports and statistics.

Obtain detailed reports based on relevant activity in your contact center, access our quality module to assess calls and performance, apply surveys, develop scripts, record conversations, and more!

Schedule a live demo or request a quote today!


Long Distance and Toll Free Specialists for Contact Centers
Televergence is a facilities based US Nationwide High volume/High Capacity Inbound and Outbound VoIP Carrier for Contact Centers. We specialize in termination (outbound) and origination (toll free and local DID) for the contact center. We have a technical staff that is up to date on the majority of platforms in use today, including asterisk and Vicci dial, as well as many of the currently in use software platforms.
Contact Centers generally see cost reduction and containment when using Televergence as their contact center telecom carrier. Televergence is the only active US VoIP carrier certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), which enables our services to qualify for meeting corporations Supplier Diversity Needs.

The Phone Number Testing Company

Phone Number Testing and Validation
Bulk testing and validation of UK Landline and mobile numbers, with a growing list of other coutries where we can test.

If you own a large customer or business prospect sales database, our service helps you to quickly and accurately cleanse all the dead records, by identifying all the dead phone numbers.

We offer a free no obligation test trial

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