What Money You Need To Put In
The first step is to get a dedicated phone line. What this means is you will need to have an additional telephone number installed, free of any extras. No call waiting, no fax machine, no computer line. While in total this will cost you roughly $100, most phone companies will let you spread this fee over a 12-month period, with a usual 1½% fee. I suggest you do not give out this new telephone number to anyone, since you will not want a personal call to come in while you are waiting for a call!
The next thing you will need to do is prepare an area in which you will work. You will need to have the following:
- a private workstation. This can be a desk in your bedroom or den, the basement or attic, or anywhere else you will not be disturbed. You won't want your caller to hear your children asking you for a dollar for the ice cream truck!
- a digital clock. This needs to be set to Eastern Standard Time (New York), unless your manager tells you differently.
- a brand new telephone. I made the mistake of using an old phone - it disconnected my caller! You may want to invest in a cordless headset; they give you the mobility to answer the phone while loading a basket of laundry, and it keeps your hands free.
- pens and scratch paper. You always need this.
- access to a fax machine. Many companies now require you to fax in your daily record sheets instead of just mailing them. Besides, you can be rest assured you will receive the right bonuses, as well as your sheets will not be lost in the mail.
- access to e-mail. In addition to faxing your daily sheets, you may or may not have to e-mail your manager with the same information. At first, I was typing out all the information by hand; it was alot of work, so I bought a fax machine/ printer/copier/scanner all-in-one. I was then able to scan my sheets and e-mail them as attachments. This also ensured I hadn't made a clerical error.
- a filing system. After one year, any information you receive from your callers becomes your property, unless otherwise stated. You can use the information to contact your callers with a postcard to remind them to call you again.
- be sure you keep the originals of *anything* regarding your new business. This includes receipts for *anything* you purchase for work (including those postcards - that's called advertising costs) and telephone invoices (calling your manager, the amount you pay for the dedicated line and so forth). Since you will be responsible for your own taxes, your receipts will be needed. You may get a tax break!
- "equipment". If you are reading Tarot cards, you will of course need a deck. Feel free to use whatever you like. You can even purchase a new deck and write a few keywords on it. Then you can "make them yours" by having a small ritual:
Place the cards in black silk on a full moon. Bless them accoring to your tradition, and tuck them away until the next full moon.
Of course, whatever method of divination you are using, you should have the appropriate materials present and ready to be used. You can bless your workspace before accepting your first call if you like.
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