Whether you are an entrepreneur, business professional, celebrity, medical professional or just a person who is in need of having calls and phone messages answered Local Answering Services is what you need. In the beginning, these services were known as telephone answering centers, Call Centers and telephone answering bureaus. The main purpose was to take messages for businessmen out to lunch, medical professionals, and individuals on vacation in meetings and after hours when businesses were closed on the weekends and weeknights. In todays modern world that is ever changing: the Local Answering Services have become the lifeline between the customer in need of technical information, a product or service and the company itself. The Local Answering Services have been in existence since the thirties when the telephone and telephone company were in their infancy. In the past the telephone operator would sit in front of a huge switchboard and take hundreds of calls per day. As time moved on; large corporations, the government and other business entities would have telephone operators also known as switchboard operators take and place hundreds of calls per day and week working from large switchboards. Technology has enhanced the purpose and function of the Local Answering services in order to better serve the customer and the company. The Local Answering Services can now provide more service options to the individual and or company such as e-mail services, fax options, use of pagers, voicemail, sales captures, technical support, 24/7 service, live customer service support or prerecorded, make inbound, and outbound calls and supply a toll-free number. The Local Answering Services main function is to provide professional telephone etiquette at all times, take missed calls and provide detailed information that the customer requests and answer the phone in the company name provided or individual's name.