Telephone Answering Service

Two Ways to Grow Your TAS

By Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD

Author Peter Lyle DeHaan

Although there are exceptions, most TAS owners want to grow their business. (Even those who want to keep the operation at its present size need to add new accounts to make up for cancellations.) To grow your TAS, there are but two ways: through sales and marketing or through acquisition.

Sales and Marketing

allows for controlled expansion at a steady and manageable rate, without taxing staff or infrastructure. This requires no extra stress or additional work, and other projects aren’t put on hold.


provides a nice jump in size all at once. A team spirit develops as the staff pulls together to integrate the new accounts or another location into an existing operation. The effort is intense, and then things return to normal.

Considering which method best fits your goals is a great place to start. However, don’t overlook your own strengths. I always desired the methodical predictability of the sales and marketing approach, yet I had trouble finding the right sales staff and managing them to succeed.

What I was good at was acquisitions: the pursuit of the deal, the negotiation, and the integration afterwards.

Both growth options are legitimate considerations, but don’t do what everyone else is doing; pick the option that works best for you and your staff.

Learn more in Peter Lyle DeHaan’s book, How to Start a Telephone Answering Service.

Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD, is the publisher and editor-in-chief of TAS Trader, covering the telephone answering service industry. Check out his books How to Start a Telephone Answering Service and Sticky Customer Service.

By Peter Lyle DeHaan

Author Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD, publishes books about business, customer service, the call center industry, and business and writing.