After moving from New York, I’ve been consulting from Belgium for the last month or two. Some of my clients are still in New York, and one of the important things I’ve found is to make sure you’re available. I took a US phone number through Skype, and my clients seem to really appreciate it. The second part of being available is timezones, and sometimes it’s hard to be there for meetings in their afternoon (which is my evening), but I haven’t found a piece of technology yet that can solve that problem.
So Skype global phone numbers rock. They really give clients a feeling of local presence, I get the impression.