The Pros and Cons of Working at a Psychic Hotline
Thinking about working for one of the big three? Have an online business already ...and Kasamba, Keen, California Psychics, or an up and starting indie reading site has just sent you an offer? Here's what you need to know -
There are many ways to use your gifts and share them with others, however, one of the most famous and equally infamous methods is by partnering with a psychic hotline.
Are there real psychics on there? You betcha.
And there are many reasons why people apply for, get accepted and gravitate towards these jobs all the time.
There are also many reasons why these places continue to stay in business - they fulfill an immediate gratification need for their clients. You can get a reading at any time day or night by calling a hotline, whereas when partnering with an indie professional, you may have to wait a few weeks. So, there is a benefit to the clients in booking through a hotline. There are also many client benefits to going indie - as Dr. Alexandra Chauran mentions in her quote below.
Working for the hotlines has many pros, and though it is not without its cons, first, let's talk about the pros of hotline work:
The Pros of Hotline Work:
You get regular paychecks. In any budding freelance business, paychecks can be sporadic. Hotlines in this way can ensure a steady stream of clients and income for the psychic who wants to make extra income for their families. Thus, a hotline psychic can be a fantastic job for a stay at home mom who wants...
You get identity protection. It's no secret that psychics, mediums, and healers, just as other public figures are, are sometimes harassed by their clients. So working for a hotline is a way to protect your identity, your family and your abilities, all while still using your gifts to help others. (Also, check out this article).
You will (most likely) get a W-2. Unless you sign your sole proprietorship up right away as an S-corp when you start your business, you may not be getting a weekly or bi-weekly W-2 from your company, which means that finding places to rent, loans for cars and other credit opportunities may be challenging (though remember you can use your most recent tax return as proof of income!) and this is where an outside hotline job can help.
You get tons of practice... real fast. One of the things I like to recommend to people is that it's alright to take a gig doing readings for a hotline, a shop, or under someone else's wing for a short time, at least just for the fast experience and the quick turn around of all the different types of readings you'll learn to do and encounter during your stint, just like an internship.
You get legal protection. Well, kind of. When you work for a hotline, you don't have to worry about chargebacks, claims and customer complaints as much as you do in a private business in a sense, because the hotline mostly deals with the customers of your business, you just hop on the line. But it's never a 100% protection guarantee. Remember what happened to Ms. Cleo where she outlines what happened to her while working for a hotline, in the documentary Hotline? Check it out!
The Cons of Hotline Work:
You have to schedule yourself to be online... whether or not you have a booked client. This can result in wasted hours of work, much like being on call for a retail shift without knowing you're going to have to work or not. It takes up your time while you could be doing another thing as there's no guarantee you'll get a call while you're online and have to be 'on.' Conversely, when you start a business for yourself, your time "on-call" is only filled with booked clients.
It's not a real business growth strategy. For most services, you have to create a fake name and often, sign a non-compete clause so that for any client you get on the hotline, you are unable to divert them over to your website to book directly from you, thereby reaping more of the profits. So as already stated by Lightworker Business Blog, there's no a real business growth in working for a hotline, if you're looking to build your platform.
The profit cuts are often large... and looming. Hotlines do take a cut of your reading fees in exchange for hosting all of the equipment you need, providing advertising, and sheltering your identity. These cuts range anywhere between 70/30 to 60/40, with the hotline service getting the larger portion of your profits. Tack this on top of the already 25-30% in self-employment taxes you're already paying as a freelance worker, and hotline work can leave one feeling quite drained after a while - both energetically and financially.
Because of the identity protection of both the clients and the reader, hotline clients often can and do use their anonymity to the reader to become abusive, sexually harassing, and disrespectful to the reader, with little to no recourse from the hotline itself.
So, to recap:
The main pros of hotline work are:
The steady paycheck, access to w-2's for loans and apartments, lots of client turn around, meaning tons of practice for newbies, and identity protection - most hotlines will require you to go by a pseudonym to fulfill their non-compete clause, so using this pseudonym, you can practice your gifts all while protecting your identity.
Depending on which hotline you go with there can be other pros such as bonuses, free promotion and features on their main site and the opportunity to blog on their feature site.
For example at Oraclea.com, a European-based hotline currently hiring readers as of August 2017, they offer their readers a deal where the more income you make per month, the less the percentage their take is - in fact, they drop their take down to less than half the starting rate as you move up.
The main cons of hotline work are:
The (sometimes) major cuts to your bottom line, the usual requirement that you have to be on-call without an advanced guarantee of a paying client, and the anonymity factor - where some clients not knowing your your true identity and likewise you not knowing their true identity, can tend to be more abusive on hotlines than when they book your own platform (though I strongly encourage creating a filter system your clients to deal with this, if and when you decide to go solo).
Depending on which hotline you go with, there also can be other cons such as decreased profile rankings changing with a single negative review, making your profile less visible to new clients, unfair featuring or showcasing over those with a higher number of reviews/more tenure, disciplinary action, and so on.
As Dr. Alexandra Chauran mentions in her article, also, The Pros and Cons of Independent Work -
When working for yourself, not only do you have unlimited earning potential, but your activities are unlimited. You can become close, personal friends with your clients. You can set your own prices and raise or lower them at will. When you want to do telephone or email or chat readings all day long, you can.
For all these reasons, many prefer the freedom of independence, though having the shelter of an employer is often beneficial in many ways too. Either way, there are both benefits and drawbacks to both working for a hotline and going independent.
Thankfully, even in independent work, there are ways to protect your identity and yourself the independent reading world, and also ways to grow your business in the independent professional too.
Please see my articles here and here on the topic, and also check out the wealth of information I have on business development for mediums, healers, and psychics in my Membership Program's Article Library - including many more articles, seminars, and videos!
For those just starting out or looking to get off the hotlines, I also have several eBooks, eCourses, and Kits available for business development - including The Marketing for mediums eCourse, The Intuitive Professionals Kit, and The Business of Spirit Class (view all these options here).
Amanda Linette Meder
PS - Still considering working for a hotline? Please check out this post by Theresa Reed on what to consider when shopping around for hotline jobs.
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