Am I Ready To Start My
Own Answering Service?
If your resolution for
the New Year involves career advancement, you’re not alone. A poll by
myGoals.com, found that starting a business ranked second only
to losing weight as the most popular resolution for 2007. Other
resolutions on the list were being financially independent or starting
the search for a new job or business.
“At least half or our
waking hours are spent on the job and going to and from the job,” said
John A. Challenger, CEO of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray &
Christmas. “It only stands to reason that improving this major component
of one’s life can lead to greater overall happiness.”
But if you want to be
more successful climbing the corporate ladder than you were with last
year’s diet, you need some focus. With that in mind here is a list of
resolutions worth considering for entrepreneurs and current employees.
Tips for Entrepreneurs
Take risks: “You have to be
brave and courageous,” says Beth Schoenfeldt, co-owner of Ladies Who
Launch, an Internet-based consulting business for women
entrepreneurs. “Do something that scares you every day and then push
yourself to do more. You can’t play it safe or you’ll get run over
by everyone else.”
Assess the market: Know the
competition. If you are looking at getting into the telephone
answering service business then query TAS businesses that are in
your area to see what they are offering and for how much. Are you a
customer of an answering service and think to yourself, I can do a
Take a look at your market:
With the use of 800 numbers, T1’s and VoIP, the world in now your
marketplace. Take advantage of the home based, virtual office in
order to match or beat your competition. Hire competent, experienced
staff that enjoys working from home. Besides the cost savings, you
will be able to staff your operation when there is a workload… not
when they are available.
Focus: Find a niche and serve
it. Whatever segment of the industry you want to serve such as
funeral homes, medical, apartment complexes or whatever, know it and
do it well. Become the expert in what you do.
Serve: Service is thinking
about others and working on their behalf to deliver something they
want, need or value. Success isn’t about me, me, me.
Perform a career checkup. Lynn
Brown of outplacement firm Right Management in Parsippany, NJ says
the New Year is “an ideal time to take a realistic look at where you
are now, where you expect to be going forward, and how satisfied you
are with both.” Are you working for a boss, doing all the work while
watching them earn all the profits? Investigate the options
available and ask yourself where you want to be in 5 years…an
employee or the business owner.
Ask “Should I go?” The Society
for Human Resources Management found that nearly three-fourths of
employees are looking for a new job. Yates, the workplace author and
consultant suggests that those in the hunt spend at least a
half-hour each week learning about the art of starting a new
business. Check Google on the Internet with questions such as How
to Start an Answering Service, for valuable information of how
to earn your goal as an independent business owner. “Start
recognizing yourself as a financial entity that has to survive in
the work force for at least half a century,” says Yates.
Create a folder on your
desktop at home called “Career Management” and take stock of your
abilities including sales, operations and business management. If
you can run a business for someone else, you can run your own.
Realize that you don’t have to do it all yourself. You can hire the
talent in areas where you are weak.
Update skills. “Ask yourself,
‘Do I need to learn a new computer skill or management skill this
year?’ says Kenny of Adecco. “Create a personal learning agenda.”
Balance work and personal life.
“If you neglect your children this year, you lose that time and
never get it back” says Michaels. New opportunities have emerged in
the TAS field whereby you can have your cake and eat it too. With
VoIP, the Virtual Office is now available and affordable in today’s
marketplace thus you can stay at home and be there for your children
when they arrive from school. “Every individual has to ask, ‘Am I
doing what I need to do for my work and my family this day? This
week? This month? This year?”
The telephone answering service industry is alive with opportunity. It
is a business with recurring cash flow, an industry with players who are
not always keeping up with the times and can be run out of your home
utilizing a host of rented equipment making it very affordable for a new
Steve Michaels of TAS Marketing can be reached at 800-369-6126 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. His web site on hosting is located at
tasmarketing.com. Parts of this article were taken from,
“Workers can keep resolution to reach top of career ladder” by Theresa
M. McAlevy from the Record.