Here is a fascinating home business idea. If you have something interesting, entertaining or valuable to say, why not sell it? A new service called Ether (http://www.ether.com) provides an innovative and easy way to sell what you say to others that need or want you expertise.
Here is how it works;
You sign up for your 1-888-Ether phone number with an 8-digit extension that is unique to you. Then set it to forward calls to your actual phone number - your cell, home, work, or any other number. You set your own hours as to when Ether will forward calls to you.
Decide 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. Ether takes care of all the billing and payment processing and sends your fee via direct deposit or check. Ether takes a 15% commission with no monthly fees, no setup fees, and no connection fees.
Everything is taken care of by Ether - the phone number, billing, and payments. All you have to do in market your expertise, let people know what you are offering and give them your dedicated 1-888 phone number.
If it can be offered over the phone then you can set up a home business through Ether and sell what you say. Pretty cool. This could provide a new way of doing things for life coaches, business coaches, consultants, stay at home moms with an expertise in something, legal and tax advice, diet tips, astrology - you name it. The sky is the limit.
Now Skype has entered this arena with a beta version called Skype Prime (http://www.skype.com/products/skypeprime/). The service is very similar to Ether: sellers set a price, fixed or per minute, find buyers for their service, and Skype handles the rest. Of course, instead of using phone lines, both sellers and buyers use Skype's voice over IP platform. The downside here is that Skype charges providers a 30% commission - twice as much as Ether's 15%. The advantage of Skype Prime is it's 171 million registered users from around the world.
Now all you have to do is figure out what you want to say, spread the word, and wait for the calls and money to start pouring in.
If you start using Ether or Skype Prime, let me know how it works for you.
Until next time,