Saturday, August 22, 2009

Inbound Call Centers are Ideal for the WAHM

If you enjoy being on the phone and know how to talk to customers, an inbound call center operator made be just what you need to make a monthly income at home. Of course, phone operators have to have a quiet place to work with little distraction, but if you have time at night when the kids are in bed, you can make a decent income.

Every company is different in the way they hire associates, but for the most part, you have to have a reliable and compatible computer, headset and a dedicated phone line. You will have to pass a sample test call, which is all explained to you before hand. Some companies offer training, which could take five days, while some give you materials to study before taking your first call. Every inbound call center company is different in how they train and work the phone lines.

Different types of inbound call centers have different requirements. Some companies record the calls and conversations as a way to verify your work. If this is the case, it is important that you have no distractions or noise in the background while working. Others, allow you to do it on your own, but may offer suggestions on how to do things differently than are doing at the time. These companies want you to make money because if you make money, so do they.

There are call center positions for taking orders from such things as "As seen on TV" orders or as a dispatcher for moving truck companies. There are also positions for taking messages for companies after hours. There are many different inbound call center positions that you can apply for if you like to talk on the phone and make money.

Most companies ask you to commit to a specific time of day to receive calls and they require a minimum amount of hours. If you have a few hours a night and can talk and work the keyboard at the same time, you will find that working as an inbound call center employee is just what you need.

Some companies will do a credit check and ask you to do a free check of your computer via a program online. This is just to make sure that your computer will run their software and be able to handle the tasks that you need to do when answering calls. If you have a newer computer, you will have no problems meeting the company's computer requirements, if your computer is older, there are companies that can work with you to make sure you can do the work.

How much can you expect to make working for a call center? The pay varies from company to company, but most inbound call center operators make at least eight dollars an hour and as much as twenty dollars an hour. Again, this all depends on the type of inbound phone work you are doing and what company it is that you work for doing this type of work.

If call center work is what you are looking for, you can apply at such companies as Uhaul, 1-800-Flowers and many others. Some companies have specific location boundaries that need to be met in order to work for them, but the majority of them allow you to live anywhere.

If the kids are quiet or you have some place that they will not distract you when you are working, inbound call center work is just what you need to make a monthly income. You will want to send out query letters to all the companies that hire home workers and see which one would interest you the most. If you need some equipment such as a headset, some companies have a preference and will send you their preferred headset and charge you a low fee of about twenty dollars. Some will also charge you a few dollars for the credit check or background check, but this is only a handful of companies. You can find very reputable inbound call center companies that do not charge you any fees to start working.

Moms in Affiliate Marketing

Moms in Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is becoming popular with moms as a way to make a nice income every month without doing as much work as they would with other work at home jobs. Before you try affiliate marketing, you need to understand what affiliate marketing is and how it is done. There are different affiliate marketing opportunities, but most moms are opting for selling products or sending customers to websites that pay for sign ups.

Selling Products

Selling products is just one way to make money. Using a service such as ejunkie or clickbank allows you to find people that have a digital product for sale. These people allow you to sell their products and earn a commission on every sale. For instance, if someone has an e-book about planning a funeral and he or she lists it with an affiliate site, you can create a hoplink that is a tracking code to your account.

When the product sells when someone clicks through from your link, and they buy the product, you receive your percentage of the commission. This can also be called Bum Marketing. This type of online business can produce a good monthly income if you choose the right products to sell.

Many moms will write articles about something similar to the product and post it in article directories or on their blog. They use a keyword tracker to find out which keywords are the most targeted and try to find a keyword phrase that is searched for quite often, but has little competition. Then they writer the article around that keyword or phrase and add a link back to the product.

Affiliate Marketing Sign Ups

Many websites offer money for getting people to come to their websites and sign up for a product or a free sample. These companies can offer incentives to affiliates looking to make some extra money. Some will offer ten cents a click and sign up, but some offer as much as ten dollars for a click and a sign up. You can find many of these affiliate opportunities by searching a directory of affiliate opportunities. One such example is Obay, which is similar to paypal.

Many moms that have blogs, use affiliate links to make extra money. They can work through many different places to earn a commission. Some have blogs that are just about writing for affiliate links. For instance, they start a blog that is a general blog. They pick some affiliate products to write about and then they insert the links in the articles a few times and leave a link at the end of the article. There are moms that make anywhere from two hundred to one thousand dollars a month this way. That is not bad for very little work.

The nice thing about affiliate marketing is that you only have to do minimal work and the income is generated every month. That means if you choose some great affiliate links, you could have a monthly income forever. This is the best part of affiliate marketing. You are generating income for your future.

Using Amazon and EBay

You can set up accounts with eBay and Amazon to sell products on a blog or website. This just one more way moms use affiliate marketing to their advantage. Amazon allows you to set up an account and design your own display or have it automate. EBay is the same way. You set up an account and choose the products you would like to sell. If someone clicks through and buys from either of these sites, you get the commission.

If you want to make a living working at home, affiliate marketing would be just one way to do it. You do not need any money for start up costs and you can do all the work yourself. If you do write articles to attract traffic and have some sales, you should keep in mind that you can post to as many article directories as you find, but try to stay with the ones that are a PR3 or higher. This means that they have more traffic than those with a PR2 or lower. Try to find one that is not so saturated with the same keywords as what you are using.