Small Business Saturday: I’m Using Grasshopper and Damn It’s Cool!

So I started using Grasshopper, a service that I talked about in a previous Small Business Saturday, in writing the post I ended-up selling myself! So far I’ve been very impressed with the service, it is easy to setup and you can manage it from anywhere. Now not everyone read my previous post so let me tell you a bit about Grasshopper.


Grasshopper is a telephone service for small businesses. It lets you create extensions, add departments, and manage it all from a pretty slick online interface. My favorite feature of Grasshopper is voicemail by email. Well since I’ve joined they have already added a new service called “Read your voicemail”. This is what I’ve really been waiting for!

Read your voicemail is a service where your voicemails are transcribed by a human and sent to you as an email. This means your emails and voicemails can become one and honestly, your life can be simplified in a major way! This is what I’ve been waiting for and Grasshopper does a great job of letting me manage it all from my computer. Call forwarding is easy to setup and very useful if you’re someone who travels frequently.

Another feature I really like is the ability to create your own customized widget for your Grasshopper dashboard. Something like this would be next to impossible to setup on a conventional PBX system but it’s a breeze to configure it all online and you won’t even need an instruction manual!

Finally, the icing on the cake is that plans start at only $9.95/month. I’m using their “Ramp” plan right now which is $24/month and I think it’s an amazing deal given all the features they offer. Having your voicemails sent to you as email is enough for me – everything else is just gravy 🙂

So feel free to explore a bit more, personally I think using services like these can save businesses thousands of dollars a month. This is not a sponsored post, I’m a guy who is actually paying $24/month to use the service. If you’d like to give Grasshopper a try you can use one of the links below:

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  • PPC Ian July 3, 2010, 1:11 pm

    Services like this are especially important for domainers. While I don’t use Grasshoper, I signed up with one of their competitors (similar price and features) and it has really streamlined my businness. More than anything, it provides an easy way to enter an 800 number in my domain name contacts (as opposed to entering my personal cell number). Great post, Morgan!

  • Tim July 3, 2010, 4:27 pm

    Very nice Morgan. Thanks for posting this.

  • Surge Marketing July 3, 2010, 5:31 pm

    Hi Morgan,

    A great free alternative to Grasshopper is Google Voice. The transcriptions are usually a bit off, but you can get the gist of the message and listen to the voicemail from your inbox anyway. It has just about everything that grasshopper offers except additional phone extensions.

  • Cate.TV July 5, 2010, 10:21 pm

    Always loved 🙂 Will be using for new venture soon 🙂 – and their awesome video “Entrepreneurs Can Change the World” is one of my all time favorites …..their marketing is awesome – read their story …it’s worth the read 🙂

    Go Morgan!


  • grasshopper phone review July 14, 2010, 11:33 am

    Ive read bad reviews about their services.

    • Morgan July 14, 2010, 11:27 pm

      Can you tell me more? So far I’m loving it!

  • Kat November 14, 2011, 11:23 am

    I’m doing research for a phone service and I also came across a few negative reviews for Grasshopper. Not to say I won’t sign up with their service, but I’m going to continue my research on the different companies out there. Here is the link to the reviews: Toll Free Review

  • Kat November 14, 2011, 11:32 am


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