Monday, January 28, 2008

EPISODE15 - So you want to consult on the phone and get paid?

So You want to be a telephone consultant?

Do you spend a great deal of time on the phone giving people advice for what you do for a living and not getting paid?

Do you feel taken advantage of because you give up your ideas and then don’t get the client?

Are you upset by the rising price of gasoline and the expense to visit clients?

Would you rather just work in your pajamas?

So perhaps the answer is to add telephone consulting to your repertoire?

No new ideas—WE DO, Donna Baxter of Soul Pitt, talked about getting paid through technology.

Kirsten Womack Implemented at Immakulate
Donna can be consulted with for a fee at:

From website

What is Ether?
Ether is a new division of Ingenio, which means we understand the telephone-meets-the-web thing as well as anyone. Our team, backed by the same investors as Ebay and Skype, built the telephony-and-web platform that has connected over 10 million phone calls and paid transactions. We're a profitable company that's ready for 10 million more

1. Suggestion: Get your free Ether Phone Number

Sign up for your Ether Phone Number: 1-888-MY-ETHER with an 8-digit extension that is unique to YOU. Set it to forward calls to your actual phone number - your cell, home, work, or any other number. It takes 2 minutes to set up and it's free. Not only will you be able to bill people but this will make you seem larger than you are.

2. Set your rate
How much is your time worth? $75 an hour? $15 for 15 minutes? $30 per call? Whatever you like. People will only be able to call you when they've prepaid your rate.

3. Take calls only when you want to
Your phone will never ring when you don't want it to. Just set the hours when you want to take calls by adjusting the automatic schedule - currently set so you don't get calls at night. Or, turn your Ether Phone Number on or off with the click of a mouse or by using your phone.

4. Market yourself
Put your Ether Phone Number on your business card, website, blog or wherever people can find you. Your actual phone number is kept private.

Click to Call. You can also get an Ether Button for your blog or website that lets customers know whether you're available to take calls. Clicking on your button guides them through the payment process with a simple web form.

5. Phone me the money

Your phone only rings when people prepay your rate. Ether bills their credit or debit cards and sends you your money via direct deposit or check. Ether 's commission is 15%, with no monthly fees, no setup fees, and no connection fees.

You can also set up to sell content on your web site.

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