I call people after hours all of the time...not because I expect them to answer but because it was the first opportunity that I had that day. Also, I have situations where if I don't call when I am thinking about it, I'll forget to call.
I have four different services that I offer, both in my shop and on the road. Over the last twenty five years I have won many of my jobs by being the "small guy" who answers the phone off hours. If you let it go to voice mail and don't intend to call back until the next day, then you go back to competing with the more commercial companies and the big ads. Being available is one of the best ways for a little guy to compete with the big guys.
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