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Etiquette tips for dealing with a shared home office phone line?

Asked by emilyrose (2269points) September 11th, 2008

I rent office space from a friend’s office in her home. We share a land line phone. Some of the people who call me assume she is my assistant (she is not, we don’t work for the same clients) and try to leave lengthy messages with her which is not appropriate—not to mention that the messages don’t always get to me. My friend has recently begun to refer people to my work cell phone which is fine. My friend’s gripe currently is that these people tend to call during the evening and weekend and she is stuck taking calls for me during non-office hours which is annoying to her. My question is this: Is it appropriate to note in my email signature that lengthy or urgent messages should be left on my cell? I want to say this: Please note that this is a shared home office line. If you do not reach me and have a lengthy or urgent message, please use my cell # below.**)
Is that TMI for an email signature? I don’t want to remove the land line # from my signature because I am trying to resist the urge to do all of my calls from a cell phone. I don’t need any brain tumors, thank you!

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scamp's avatar

I can’t see any easy answer to this. The best thing to do is get either another phone strictly for business. Barring that, I think you can simply say please leave a brief message under your signature in e-mail.

Bri_L's avatar

I went through this same battle myself.

I am afraid I come down on the side of using the cellphone. I just can’t see using a single land line for business at home with other people.

Even if you put all that on your card it leaves it up to interpretation. Every customer has their own idea of what is lengthy and important.

If your in a situation where you wouldn’t be home to answer the phone, you could screen your cell for business calls and let them go to voice mail. Then just check them from home on your land line. That is what I do.

sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

Oh, and what Scamp said

emilyrose's avatar

I think I am going to tell my friend to just not pick up the phone. We have caller ID. If she knows who it is, she can pick it up. If she doesn’t, she can ignore the calls. And she can remember the offenders. She has an annoying friend who calls all the time and I always ignore that person’s call!!!

emilyrose's avatar

I just added my cell to my signature and wrote this:
**please note that for urgent or lengthy messages the best way to reach me is by cell phone**

poofandmook's avatar

you know, additional lines are something like $10 or $15. Why can’t you just get another number and add the amount onto the rent?

allengreen's avatar

You can get Magic Jack phone for $20 per year, do that instead!

Bri_L's avatar

OOOOOOooooooooo. You have caller I.D.

That makes a huge difference. Well, yeah, just don’t pick it up if you don’t know them.

I didn’t have caller id. I did have a 3 and 5 year old that liked answering the phone.

emilyrose's avatar

i dont think we can add a line. we have a lame-o comcast phone.

Bri_L's avatar

I think your solution makes sense.

marinelife's avatar

Also, get a non-power headset for your cell phone to keep from having to have it to your head all the time.

wisestamp's avatar

“Is it appropriate to note in my email signature that lengthy or urgent messages should be left on my cell?”
yes it is and i would recommend using to handle your email signatures…

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