In the past, we’ve looked for business phone numbers simply by flipping through a phone book, and hoping that we might be able to find the right information simply based on a general idea of where a company might be listed. Once we found the number we needed, we jotted it down on a piece of paper, or wrote it on the back of our hand, and promptly lost it again, so that we had to go through the same process all over again.

Now, the good news is that if you need to find business phone numbers today, you don’t have to worry about dealing with a heavy book, or the risk of papercuts. Instead, you can simply turn to the convenience and comfort of the internet for help. Google and many other tools exist to make life easier when you want to track down information about a person or business. In fact, you can look up practically anything, from where the business might be located, to its phone number, to it’s EIN code, and even its ZIP code.

Here, we’re going to look at just some of the ways that you can find business phone numbers online, starting with a search on Google.

Finding Business Phone Numbers Online:

Google makes it much easier for people around the world to find the information they need in a flash. Whether you’re looking for instructions on how to cook your favorite meal, or you want to remember the lyrics to a song, then Google and other search engines like it should be able to help.

Google makes it easier than ever to search for a phone number, and you can also look for names, addresses, email addresses, and more information all in the same place. Ideally, you’ll need to get started by typing a zip code directly into Google for the business you’ve been searching for. If you known the name of the business, you want to find that could be helpful too. You could enter the type of business too, followed by the zip code, and Google will give you all the local listings that might be relevant to your search.

You can also try entering the city of the business you’re searching for into the mix. For instance, if you want a doctor in Chicago, you could try searching for Chicago doctors and see what comes up. You might not instantly get the results you had been looking for, but with a little bit of extra searching you might be surprised by what comes up.

Look for the Contact Number on a Specific Website:

If you know that the business phone number you’re searching for is connected to a company within a specific space or industry, then you could try looking on online directories or forums that are linked to the business in question. For instance, you could search to find out whether the painting company you’re looking for has been listed on a trade and contractors’ website for your local area. To do that, all you need to do is look for directories for the industry, then type the name of the company you’re searching for into the search bar.

If you don’t know the name of the company, then you could try entering other details, like the zip code or the address for the company to see if anything comes up that might be useful. Or you could try speaking to other community members in the forums that are available on some of these websites. Usually, these forums contain useful information from members who are just like you. You could start your own conversation or “thread” where you ask anyone if they know the phone number of the business you’ve been searching for.

Alternatively, you could think about whether the business has its own website. If it does, then there’s a good chance that the website will have a contact page that lists useful information about the organization, including where it is, and how you can get in touch. Even if the business doesn’t have its own specific number yet, it might have a contact form or email address that you can use to get in touch with it in the meantime.

Finding Business Phone Numbers on Social Media:

Finding business phone numbers isn’t always easy, but the good news is that there are various opportunities available for those who are willing to do a little bit of legwork. Usually, if you know the name or email address of the company that you’re interested in, then you should be able to find a surprising amount of information about them online. Using just a name, you can search through local groups on Facebook that are linked to the business that you want to call.

Ideally, you should be able to find the business in question on Facebook by looking at their posts, their listed address, and even the photos that they share on their profile. If the business looks familiar, then you’ll be able to get in touch in a number of different ways. The great thing about Facebook, is that even if the number for the business isn’t listed on the social media site itself, you should still be able to connect with the right people by sending the business an instant message.

Instant messages are a useful and often fast-paced way to connect with companies in today’s digital environment. What’s more, if you’re concerned about how long it might take for someone to get back in touch with you, you can check the information provided by Facebook to find out how responsive the company is. Facebook indicates this information when you click on the “send message” button on the business profile page.

Using Special Directories for Business Phone Numbers:

Finally, if you can’t find the business phone numbers you need anywhere else, you can always try using a special directory instead. However, not all of these directories are as reliable or trustworthy as they should be. It’s worth doing your research in advance to make sure that you’re getting results you can trust. Search for reviews and testimonials before you get started.