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How can I take calls for my part-time business when I'm working a full-time job?

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Question: I'm planning to start a professional organizing service but must remain in my regular job until I can generate at least half my needed income. How can I still be accessible to potential clients? Is it acceptable for my voice-mail greeting to state that I'll return calls within 24 hours? I'll rarely be home to take calls on weekdays. Is it necessary to "apologize" for not answering calls in person?

Sandra Trca-Black

Story City, Iowa

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