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Are you like me- do you HATE the idea of having your home phone number online for everyone to have access to, but you understand some of your clients might prefer to communicate via phone. They hire YOU to be their internet person because they don’t enjoy it. So like it or not, sometimes we need to use the phone.

Google bought out a company called Grand Central and now it’s called , and it provides FREE PHONE NUMBERS. you can have your number forwarded to your phone, or have all calls directed to email. That’s right, they TRANSCRIBE the voicemail messages to your email account. the first thing I thought of was “OMG- I can call myself and talk to myself and it will send me a copy-and-pastable version of my words. For a writer who runs her mouth a lot, that is so exciting.

Another cool thing is that you choose your phone number. It can be from a different city or state AND it can spell something.  I couldn’t find any numbers with the word “badass” embedded in them, so I went with “Lisa” which meant I was presented with a bunch of combinations of ###-Lisa and #Li-sa## and ##L-isa#  And they were in all different area code.

Hmmm… do I want a Chicago number, a Lubbock, TX number, a California number?  I went with New York City, it was a tough decision.

In the end, I used

to see if the remaining (non Lisa)  numbers spelled anything.  I had copied all the options google gave me into a txt file and just started pasting them into phonespell to see if anything looked good.  I was almost OK-Racy-Lisa and I was almost going to be oh-news-Lisa, which might have worked well if I was pursuing journalism, but in the end, I settled on Ninety-Lisa because it’s simple and the area code is in New York and New York is cool. So it’s (646) 389-5472 in case you wondered.

It was easy to forward the number to my cell phone and to access the voice mail  system. I didn’t want the calls to ACTUALLY get routed to my cell phone because I wanted to try the transcription thing first.  In order to  do that, I called my voicemail (which was easy- I used my cell phone to dial my own number, entered my PIN and pressed 4 to change the settings, which I set to ‘do not disturb’) I could also have accessed the setting through my inbox, but I didn’t know it at the time.

Then, I had my sister call my new phone number and leave me a message. Apparently their transcription program leaves a lot to be desired. I forgot she was a pirate. They totally suck at translating pirate language.  The message I got said

That was useless, except for the unintentional abdominal workout we had while trying to discuss the situation.

So I called my blogging friend Astacia, also known as Mamikaze. She runs . Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to leave me a message because she was recovering from surgery and a little bit drugged up and her OWN google phone wasn’t recognizing her voice, so I posted a note out on

to solicit voicemail messages.  Then I waited… for just a few minutes when my new friend

called.  The transcription looks good, it says

(###) ###-###

I imagine that the “And in” is supposed to be “I’m in”, but the message makes sense. That’s what matters.  Maybe the “Carol And in” was supposed to be “Carolyn in”

Oh no- here’s another message.   says… OK, it’s only slightly legible.  he was probably outside, pacing back & forth with a cigarette… And here’s another from Ruth in Canada, which was perfect. Google thought

was “Susan For Tell” and…wow.. another…I need to remove the Facebook thing… they’re still coming in… Angela, … it takes a few minutes for the transcription to work…

And it’s sending me the transcribed message as an incoming txt, too.  I wonder if I can turn that off? They have a video tutorial (I hate watching videos, I’d rather read it, fyi). I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

Anyway- So get your custom, personal and be glad I just saved you 2 hours of playing around with the voice mail. And have a nice day.

EDITED- to say that this is so cool, I just figured out I can listen to the messages from right in my inbox and stopping the text messages was so easy. This is so much fun. Thanks, John. It was his hot tip, by the way.

EDITED AGAIN- to say that you can actually download the audio files, or embed them like this (luv ya, sister

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Inspired by ‘s report

My goal is to make a fortune every month through residual income and passive income.

Clearly, I have a long way to go.

Residual income comes from articles written in the past.

Each month I devote 4-6 hours of my time, writing articles for revenue-sharing sites that will generate residual income forever.

Each month, the income grows while the time commitment stays the same.

Year 1 (no goal)

December 2007 – $3.45

January 2008 – $10.96

February 2008 – $13.99

March 2008 – $17.18

April 2008 – $30.44

May 2008 – $27.18

June 2008 – $26.54

July 2008 – $59.09

August 2008 – $154.50

September 2008 – $132.12

October 2008 – $135.64

November 2008 – $210.16

December 2008 – $160.69

Year 2 (goal $500/mo)

January 2009 – $221.11

February 2009 – $228.69

March 2009 – $380.01

April 2009 – $629.06

May 2009 – $617.81

June 2009 – $629.81

July 2009 – $743.13

August 2009 – $912.39

September 2009 – $975.01

October 2009 – $891.81

November 2009 – $901.88

December 2009 – $642.81

Year 3 goal ($1,000/mo)

January 2010 – $857.34

February 2010 – $696.96

March 2010 – $770.60

April 2010 – $640.34

May 2010 – $539.67

June 2010 – $598.07

July 2010 – $728.88

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