Voice mail is so so 1990. I hate it. I’ve seen a few other successful business owners change their voice mail message to motivate people not to leave messages, and once I did life got simpler.
You don’t want to actually turn off voice mail. Just change your message. Mine says: “Hey, you’ve reached Joey at Novak Solutions. I NEVER check voice mail on this number, the best way to reach me is to send me an email at email@example.com, or send me a txt message on this number. Thanks, bye!” People now send me emails or txt messages instead, which fits seamlessly into my workflow.