Thinking outside of the box, in terms of jobs that can be done from home can often lead to great success. Take for instance dispatching. Yep, we are talking about ALL the different types of dispatching services out there that include, ambulance, towing, trucking, and limo services to name a few. In fact we spoke with Donna, a stay at home mom who contributes to her family’s income by working for Phoenix Limo Service from home 5 days a week. Not only does she love her job, she is also able to be at home when her kids get off the school bus as well as make a great income. The first thing she said to us was that making the choice to work from home has been the best decision she could have made for her and her family! She also gave us a view pointers and an inside look as to what her limo dispatching job entails!
Tips On Dispatching Jobs From Home
- First Things First- While not all states require a business license when working from home as a dispatcher she says it’s a good idea to acquire one. Afterall you are an independent contractor and thus help protect yourself when it comes to tax season and it basically legitimizes everything.
- Telephone Lines Are Crucial- Your telephone line is in a sense your life line when it comes to your dispatching business. You need to make sure you have a strong connection and that it is reliable. Between customer and driver communication your telephone line is of great importance. It is also good to set different ringtones to your line so that you know what type of call may be coming in.
- Dispatching Software- It is a good idea to purchase your own dispatching software. You can find free versions online as well as higher tech options that cost a bit more money. If you work for one company, such as Donna, they may provide you with their software which is a plus. However, should you want to branch out and take on more clients, owning your own software is a must. Afterall you are now a Business owner with a business license to show for it!
- Invoices Are Important- As an independent contractor invoicing your hours and keeping detailed rack of them is very important. After All your time is money, and the more organized you are on your end allows for nothing to fall through the cracks. Stay organized in all aspects of your dispatching work and you will see the most success.
- Customer Service Skills- While customers can often be frustrating especially if they are upset or frustrated, it is important to maintain customer service skills. The way you interact with clients will also become one of the main factors in your success.
Dispatching from home may not be for everyone, however it is just one example of a great stay at home job that some may not think of. The perk of working from home is that you can also be a bit more creative with what you do as far as work. If you want to make working from home a reality you will succeed as long as you stay focus, organized and are willing to perhaps think a little “outside that box”!