How about "order taking". $5000 would be a great amount to start advertising.
You place ads in newspapers, classifieds
and take phone orders from home at your kitchen table or home office. It would be like an answering service, but you make
a commission for every order you get or appointment you set. A good example would be taking calls for a
contractor or vendor. Lots of companies use order taking companies or private contractors.
You place the ad, take the call and set appointments with a pre-arranged contractor and get a percentage
if they get the job. You may only get a few calls a week so place lots of ads in newspapers, periodicals, phone directories
and maybe hand out fliers. Some newspaper ads
are cheap and if you're afraid of losing your $5000, start out small with a few hundred dollars until your confident that
you will get your money back and still make a profit. Whether you want to take orders for a small business or become a
private contractor to a corporate 500, find the right order management software. They are made for small business,
corporate and for individual industries. Visit other order takers websites and see what they are doing.
You can start out modestly as a semi order taker and answering service with a pencil and pad. A good order taker
can make $28,000 a year. An order taker with professional sales ability can make $55,000 and more. A lot of people
start businesses that they know absolutely nothing about, but the idea is if you don't know anything about
the business hire someone that can fill in your weak spots.
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