So you’ve decided to get yourself a psychic job. You’ve got this gift and you want to share it with people and you’ve decided it’s fair and reasonable that you make a buck while doing it. But what kind of psychic business should you start? After all, you can’t just hang a shingle that says “psychic for hire” and wait for the crowds to show up.
One of your options is to run an online psychic business. On the one hand, it will present some challenges that traditional business models do not. At the same time, there are benefits that might make it worth your while.
On the plus side, an online business presents relatively low costs in terms of overhead. Your office can be your existing house. You need a computer and a decent internet connection. Online advertising is often more affordable than its print counterparts.
You’ll need a website, which means that you’ll also need a host – that is, a company that will store your website on its computer and make it available to online consumers. A good hosting plan is easily less than ten bucks a month – although after you start seeing some decent web traffic you might want to spring for something bigger.
There are plenty of ways to create a website without bringing in a professional designer. Doing it your self is obviously cheaper. But you have to ask yourself if what you create is sufficiently professional. Remember, when you’re running an online business, your website is your client’s first impression of you. Don’t skimp – and don’t let it look cheap.
Your website might need some fancy additions that are beyond you. For example, if you’re going to do some psychic chat, then you need good software and support to handle that. And if you want your customers to pay online, then you are going to need a sufficient checkout process that provides safety on both sides of the transaction.
Think carefully about what kid of services you want to offer. If you’re a palm reader, then going online may not be the best choice for you. What are you going to have people do – scan a photo of their hand and email it you? That’s possible but not necessarily ideal. Be honest. If you’re a Tarot Card reader, don’t advertise yourself as a crystal healer just because it’s easy to say so online.
The downside to the online business is that your work alone – no customers ringing the bell and no fellow pyschic in the next cubicle. Be sure to address this or you’ll burn out.
An online business can be a great resource for self-employed psychics – think it through and don’t rush the process!
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