After-hours call answering by local virtual receptionists

Even if you have an in-house reception team, you likely miss calls from customers who phone in the evening, on the weekend or before they start their work day. Having virtual receptionists answer calls after-hours is a cost-effective solution.


Ensure your phone is answered at the times when it’s most convenient for customers to call

Choose when we answer

You can simply turn on call forwarding at the end of each business day if you only want us to answer after-hours calls.

Local receptionists

Your calls are answered by a real person, mostly with Australian or NZ accents, to ensure harmonious language and tone.

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Custom call greetings

We answer your calls with your custom greeting to ensure your callers enjoy a seamless experience.

After-hours emergencies

We can utilise call scripting to determine when an emergency response is needed and transfer such calls to on-call staff.

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Appointment bookings

Whatever time someone calls to make an appointment or reservation, we can schedule it using your software.

Instant emails or texts

Receive email or SMS messages after each call, containing caller details and their reason for calling.

How after-hours call answering works

Our virtual receptionist services

Bombarded by calls in the evening, on the weekend or on public holidays and wish someone else could handle them for you? Or worried that missed calls out-of-hours are costing you opportunities?

Whatever your industry, complexity of calls or call volumes, if you need an after-hours phone answering service, we have a solution to suit with no lock-in contracts.

  MessageExpress MyReceptionist MyAssistant MyDiary
Compare our
live call
answering
services

Call answering and message taking for one individual or team.

from
$19*
per month
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Messages, support and call transfers for multiple staff or departments.

from
$20*
per month
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Tailored scripting and virtual assistance for unlimited staff or departments.

from
$49*
per month
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Appointment booking, using your preferred software, for unlimited staff or departments.

from
$49*
per month
See pricing

Caller greeting Personalised Fully customised Fully customised Fully customised
List staff or departments One person or team Unlimited contacts Unlimited contacts Unlimited contacts
Collect information from callers 3 details 5 details Up to 11 details Up to 11 details
Warm call transfers  
Advise business hours/location  
Answer common questions  
Scripted questions & responses    
Quote fees & take payments    
CRM input or submit online forms    
Appointment scheduling      
Diary management      
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* Plus after hours calls surcharge. Refer to Terms & Conditions.

MessageExpress

Call answering and message taking for one individual or team.

from $19
  • Professional receptionists
  • No lock-in contract
  • Personalised greeting
  • Instant email or SMS messages
  • One person or team listed as message recepient
  • Mobile app & portal
  • 24/7 service upgrade option
  • 0800 number upgrade option

MyReceptionist

Messages, support and call transfers for multiple staff or departments.

from $20
  • Professional receptionists
  • No lock-in contract
  • Instant email or SMS messages
  • Mobile app & portal
  • 24/7 service upgrade option
  • 0800 number upgrade option
  • Fully customised greeting
  • Warm call transfers
  • Multiple staff or departments listed as message or transfer contacts
  • Collect 5 pieces of info
  • Advise business hours/location

MyAssistant

Tailored scripting and virtual assistance for unlimited staff or departments.

from $49
  • Professional receptionists
  • No lock-in contract
  • Instant email or SMS messages
  • Mobile app & portal
  • 24/7 service upgrade option
  • 0800 number upgrade option
  • Fully customised greeting
  • Warm call transfers
  • Multiple staff or departments listed as message or transfer contacts
  • Advise business hours/location
  • Collect 11 pieces of info
  • Custom scripting or FAQs
  • CRM input or online form submissions
  • Quote fees & take payments

MyDiary

Appointment booking, using your preferred software, for unlimited staff or departments.

from $49
  • Professional receptionists
  • No lock-in contract
  • Instant email or SMS messages
  • Mobile app & portal
  • 24/7 service upgrade option
  • 0800 number upgrade option
  • Fully customised greeting
  • Warm call transfers
  • Multiple staff or departments listed as message or transfer contacts
  • Advise business hours/location
  • Collect 11 pieces of info
  • Custom scripting or FAQs
  • CRM input or online forms
  • Quote fees & take payments
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Diary management

* Plus after hours calls surcharge. Refer to Terms & Conditions.

Switch off at the end of the business day, yet remain awake to opportunities

Are missed business calls and voicemail hangups after-hours proving costly? Diverting your number to ReceptionHQ outside standard business hours means no missed calls and no lost opportunities!

Bombarded by calls at all hours? Getting burnt out? Start enjoying more quality time with your family or much-needed R&R!

Need to ensure emergency calls are handled at any hour? We can manage these as per your requirements for different scenarios.

FAQs

Many callers hang up when their call goes to voicemail, so you can miss out on vital conversations or leads.  Ensuring your calls are answered by a live person, increases customer satisfaction, builds loyalty and improves your opportunity to create a rapport and obtain caller details.

Live call answering also allows you to screen calls, as you can advise your receptionist to transfer or take messages for only those call types you wish to receive.  Once answered, you can see each message as it’s taken and prioritise who you will call back first.

Live call answering increases revenue through better customer connections, reduces costs as you’re not paying for a full time receptionist and helps you to be more efficient with your time.

ReceptionHQ is a subsidiary of OfficeHQ, a global virtual reception company headquartered in Australia.

Our Australian, UK and US operations provide “follow the sun” 24/7 virtual receptionist coverage. Calls during standard office hours (and most calls after-hours) are answered by receptionists based in Australia (many of whom are Kiwis).

Yes, our receptionist can answer calls you’d usually miss.  You may be on another call or simply unable to answer because you’re busy at the time. Our receptionists will take a detailed message and send to you instantly by email or SMS. Many clients who subscribe to our service are surprised when they learn how many calls they’d been missing prior to having their calls answered by ReceptionHQ.

Yes. This is referred to as “call overflow”.

A lot of companies require their phone calls to be answered only when they are unable to take the call themselves. For example, if you step out of the office for an hour or your in-house receptionist goes to lunch, is on leave or is busy on another call and you have multiple calls coming in at the one time.

You can set your business phone number to divert (to the unique local phone number we allocate your business during the Free Trial setup process) only when the phone rings for more than a specified period (such as after 5 rings) or if your line is busy/engaged.

In such instances our receptionists will then answer the phone as if we were in your office. You’re always in control and can relax knowing you will never miss another important call again! 

Yes.  Our receptionists are available 24/7 and you can opt-in to receive after hours live call answering on any ReceptionHQ subscription.

Without after-hours call answering turned on, our receptionists will answer your calls between 8:00am and 6:00pm on weekdays.  Outside of these standard business hours, calls will then go to voicemail and your voicemail message recordings will be emailed to you.

If you need after-hours call answering, please let us know when you sign up or contact us.

Yes, you are able to use our service for an hour, a day, a week, whenever you need our assistance. Many clients use our live call answering for short-term needs, for example, when their own in-house receptionist is at lunch, sick or on annual leave.  Some clients use the service during their busy periods only, as call overflow or for campaigns.  Our live call answering service is like having a casual receptionist who is always available.  It’s reliable and risk-free, as you only pay for what you use.

If you prefer to use our service seasonally, you can take advantage of our pause package.

ReceptionHQ offers a month-to-month agreement, which can be cancelled by giving us at least three days’ notice prior to your monthly renewal date.

Set up can take as little as a few minutes.  For a MessageExpress or MyReceptionist service, you can start using the service almost instantly. Simply set up an account yourself, using the free trial webform or have our customer service team do this for you.  Either way, it only takes a few minutes to get started.  Once your account is set up, you simply need to forward your phone line to us and we’ll start answering your calls.

If you’re interested in a MyAssistant or MyDiary plan, a short setup may be required, depending on complexity, to train our receptionists on your preferred software, business information or webforms.  Please contact us to find out more.


We make managing your virtual reception service simple

You can easily manage the receptionist’s greeting, call transfer availability and message preferences in real-time, plus add additional staff of departments as contacts for transfers or messages, using our online client portal or mobile app (iPhone and Android).

After-hours answering service add-ons

+ Voicemail to email

Have voicemails instantly emailed to you, on numbers not live answered, to ensure no important communications are ever missed.

+ Phone numbers

Add a national 0800 number or multiple additional local numbers to the free local number you receive with your live call answering package.

What our customers love

The investment in having a dedicated phone answering service which operates 24/7 is invaluable.
Frank Walmsley, Capital Commercial Business Sales
The worse thing for a customer is to call a business and there is no answer or the phone calls goes to voicemail. Most of the time this is a lead loss.
Shaz Maharaullee, The Furniture People
We love the flexible service offering and find it to be a cost-effective way to offer 24/7 reception to our clients.
Hannah Mutze, My Home Plumbing

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Want to try our call answering services for free?

Put New Zealand’s leading virtual receptionist solution to the test! We’re ready to answer your phone FREE for 7 days.

What does the free trial include?

Our free trial is based on our MyReceptionist service, with professional receptionists able to take messages and transfer calls based on your availability settings.

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