Question:

How do I create my own work at home job?

Using the phone to contact new customers

It never hurts to pick up the phone and set up appointments to show your service offerings. Too many home-based workers are afraid of marketing, and this is the biggest hurdle you'll need to cross to make it as a telecommuter. Use your local phone book and look for customers that fit with the service you provide. When you do any kind of "cold calling", create a spreadsheet and enter each contact you are going to call that day. Organize it so that you can keep track of all your calls, what happened during the call, and whether or not you need to follow up with a letter or have made an appointment.

Choose your target market carefully, and simply look in your local Yellow Pages for every company that is in that target market. Call each of them, one by one, and make notes on each call as you go.

Normally, you shouldn't have to make very many calls before you are able to set an appointment, if you have done your research first and are calling the right person.

The main thing to remember is that you are offering a service, but more importantly, you are introducing yourself to fellow businesspeople. You don't have to sell anything on your first call. Your goal is not to sell your services today. Your goal should be to introduce yourself, set an appointment, or get permission to send them your materials. This does not have to be a hard sell technique.

There is nothing to be afraid of when picking up the phone! It is perfectly natural to be nervous, but don't let your nervousness prevent you from making that essential contact. Even those that say "No thanks" are one step closer to the one who would say "Yes, I'd like an appointment with you next week".

Here's an idea. Call your prospects and set up appointments for a free consultation. Free consultations have worked well for many businesses, for eons, so why not give it a try for yours?

Create a niche service offering

To create your own work at home job with no competition, start thinking about what you enjoy doing, and imagine a specific service that can be offered to companies in need of that service. Using your own skills, create your own service packages, price them according to market value, and directly contact companies you think will benefit from your service.

Plan your service offerings

The key to your success as a telecommuter is that you need to understand how very easy it can be to become full-time employed from home, if you come to the employer with a pre-packaged set of applied skills to offer. Instead of waiting for jobs to pop up on the internet, where you'll have to compete with thousands of other jobseekers just to get the job, you should create a set of service offerings, decide how you will package the service, and approach prospective customers with a pre-planned and organized package of services they are likely interested in. You can create your own jobs if you know what to say to employers and how to offer your defined services to answer their needs effectively.

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