More and more people are looking for the means to make a little extra money apart from their regular day job. This supplemental income can present itself in a number of ways, but more frequently, it is found on the internet. The trouble is, this can kind of be a virtual mine field when it comes to which jobs are legitimate means of making supplemental income (completely sustainable income in some cases), and which places online are short changing you. With a little bit of dedicated searching in the right places, with the right terms, you should be able to get a decent paying online gig that can have you finally getting ahead. But where do you look? Which jobs are offering up the best pay at an entry level position?
Telemarketing can be done from your home
Telemarketing is one of the fastest growing “work from home” professions there is. While there is a certain stigma about a job like this, namely how everyone feels when they are on the receiving end of telemarketers calling, there is a decent paycheck if you can get over it. Online telemarketing jobs work from home require little to no experience in order to get as well. Often times, an employer is only really looking for the fact that you are proficient enough navigating your own computer that you can handle the often fast paced work environment that telemarketing jobs typically embody.
So what would you be doing if you were to get a job like this? While the basics tend to remain the same, the types of calls and the people you will be calling vary from employer to employer. Sometimes you are asked to make cold calls, which is a quick way of saying that the number you have dialed is not expecting a call from you. In other cases, an employer might have already opened the door for you to call a person, you just have to be able to keep it open long enough to get them to hear what you’re saying. Cold calls, and even marketing calls in general, are not for everyone though. If you are not someone who can talk with strangers easily you might not excel in this field.
Telemarketing is not for everyone
That is not to suggest that everyone could not do this type of job. More often than not a telemarketing firm has a set script for you to follow that walks you through a sale step by step. More detailed scripts offer rebuttals and counter points to the most common responses you will get on a call, which can help you to have a higher success rate. So now you are curious about trying to get one of these work from home gigs all for yourself, so where do you start looking? Check this video for some great tips for calling. You can also read our “dont’s” on telemarketing.
Well, a reputable search engine such as Google or Bing can often yield a lot of great results from a simple query like “online telemarketing jobs home based”. Start reading through the results that you get, and see what appeals to you the most. In a field like this, there are a lot less openings for scams than you might find in other work from home opportunities. A good base note, you should avoid sites that say things like “unlimited earning potential” or ‘make (some ridiculous amount of money) a week!’ Legitimate businesses want you to make money working for them, but no telemarketer is pulling in rock star money from it. Career sites such as Indeed have a lot of jobs listed as well.
Call local call centers
Another thing that you can do is to call local call centers in your area. Once you have someone in charge on the line, ask them about telecommuting opportunities if that is something that they offer. Generally they are looking for people that can be available whenever their call center is not. They might also be overstaffed at the call center itself and need people willing to do the same job from their houses. You just have to be diligent and call around. It might not be something every local place offers, but it is likely offered by one or two of them with big client bases.
While many firms have gone the way of outsourced telesales services, there are still many companies that keep their call centers and telemarketers local to the region (or at the very least country) where the company is from. Since these companies providing you with employment represent another business or client and their wishes, it falls to the discretion of the client as to whether or not local people will be used to fill vacancies at the virtual call center. Many people are much more prone to listen and to be sold products from someone they can easily understand and someone who sounds like they do. This is why opportunities exist in this country to get a stable telecommuting call center job. So what do you need to make this opportunity happen for you as early as this week?
Telemarketing done from home
First and foremost you need reliable internet. There are all kinds of quality internet service providers across the entire country, and you need to choose the best one in your area. Voice calls over the internet require a good deal of bandwidth to be clear, and your internet needs to be able to keep up with your multi-tasking as well. Assess your current internet situation and look into who is offering the most bang for your buck in your area. ISPs like Charter and Xfinity/Comcast are often offering some of the fastest cable internet speeds available in the country, and between their collective coverage maps, most of the United States has access to their services. Comcast email can be used to receive all work related emails.
If you have ever worked in a physical call center, you know how hectic it can be from the start to the end of your shift. In a telecommuting sense, you have a little less of the stress related but all of the same call center responsibilities. For example, you will still be required to keep a certain set of hours focused on work and nothing else, much like you left home to go to your regular job. Given the round the clock nature of most calling centers, they are usually quite accommodating to the schedule that you need to best suit the obstacles you encounter time wise.
Working from home should be as simple as it is profitable for you. If you have a real need for legitimate opportunities to make sustainable income or to supplement and save some extra cash, telemarketing jobs are on the rise. Now that you have a description of what the job is, what is expected of you, and the responsibilities of this job, all that’s left is for you to go and get yourself hired.