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WAHM > Stay at Home Mom Work Ideas > Selling a Service > Start an Answering Service

Start an Answering Service Business

Just about any business that has calls coming in has a need for an answering service business.

This is a great business to get into and if you're interested it jumping into this field you'll want to read the information below.

Answering Service Business

What you will be doing. Lots of businesses could use after hours messaging services.

Some smaller businesses could use an answering service to handle calls if they are constantly out in the field.

 Answering service businesses provide a useful service that helps businesses extend their customer service.

As an answering service business owner you will set up phone lines for each client and take calls for them. You can set up a messaging center on your computer to keep a record of all of the calls and the messages. You can make up your own introductions for the calls unless the company has a specific idea of what they want you to say.

Customers are charges a flat fee for the service depending on the number of calls they typically receive, say $50 for sixty to eighty calls. Anything over that would be an additional per call charge of anywhere from $0.20 to $0.50. Additional services like paging are extra.

Your business can also provide calling services for telemarketing businesses. You could conduct phone surveys; advertise new services, or whatever else they have in mind. This adds a new component to enhance your business.

How to start. What is required is a pleasant voice and attention to detail. You will be taking messages for others as a representative of that business. Taking the time to listen attentively will put the caller at ease.

Phones and phone lines are needed for each business that you provide the service for. Labelling the phones will keep them straight. Decide what services to specialize in. You can take calls after business closings for doctor’s offices, laboratories, vet offices, and others. For businesses that don’t have a person to answer phones during the day you free them up to run their business.

Start up costs. The cost to you will be for the phones and phone lines needed to keep each company’s calls separate.

This cost can be recouped in your fee for the call answering service. Good quality phones with speakerphone and other features could run about $150-$200 per telephone.

Skills needed. A pleasant voice, good speaking skills, and attention to detail are needed. Someone in this business will have to multitask, especially if you have acquired numerous clients.

Typing and message taking are important if you keep a computer log of the callers and their complaints. Typing is faster than writing and once business increases, a computer would be more helpful than a notepad and pencil.

Marketing. Advertising your service can be done through the Internet. Starting your own website gives you a venue to tell others about your skills and what your service business can do for them. Depending on whom you want to target, buy space on home business websites, engage in affiliate programs with other Internet business owners, and take advantage of free advertising sites.

Locally, you can advertise on the city’s website. Businesses looking to move to the area may check these sites beforehand. Well placed advertising could net new clients for you.

Businesses need people to handle their calls. An independent business service eliminates the need to pay for another employee. Outsourcing can make you money.

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