to Start Your Own 900 Number or 800 Number Pay Per Call Business
Written by Lisa Mondello
You hear about it all the time. "Call this number right
now to receive…" And the amazing thing is that
people are doing it. Lots of them! What are they doing? They're
calling 800 and 900
numbers to purchase products, services, or to get information.
What is the business that runs these 800
and 900 numbers
getting? In a word, PROFITS!
For the business savvy person, there is a lot of money to
be made in setting up an 800 or 900 number business. If you
have ever wanted to make money using a telephone number but
didn't know how to get started, read on. You'll learn exactly
how to make money with 800 and 900 numbers and how you can
jump on the money bandwagon to make a fortune doing it.
Pay Per Call 800 and
first came on the scene during the 1980 presidential debate
between former presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.
During that debate, nearly a half million people called in
to participate. Two years later, NASA used a similar Pay Per
Call service for its shuttle launch. It became clear to businesses
that this type of interaction and communication was a goldmine.
800 and 900 number services are so popular because they give
the "subscriber" instant access to information they
want. Information sells and because of that, telephone commerce
is thriving and businesses that would normally give away information
or services for free are finding that using an 800
and 900 number
Pay Per Call service generates a lucrative income.
How it Works
When you set up a Pay Per Call service, you will get a dedicated
line with a unique telephone number to give your customers.
This telephone number can be advertised everywhere from online
to in print magazines and newspapers. You can further your
efforts by including your 800 or 900 Pay Per Call numbers
in your mailings to your current customers or in your direct
When a caller uses 800 or 900 Pay Per Call numbers, their
call is brought to an automatic system that prompts them to
enter their credit card or debit card information. Funds are
authorized immediately, so you won't have to worry about declined
charges after the fact. Once the funds have been verified,
the call is then routed to the appropriate place for the call
to continue. As soon as the caller is speaking to a live operator
or pre-recorded message, the clock starts and keeps track
of the amount of time the caller was on the call. At the completion
of the call, the minutes are tabulated and billed to the appropriate
However, you don't have to just bill per minute. You have
a choice of whether or not you want to get paid per minute
or per call. You set the amount that you want to charge for
the call. Service bureaus that you work with will help you
come up with a reasonable amount to charge to stay competitive
with other 800 and 900 numbers.
How is the Content Delivered?
No one wants to sit by the phone and wait for it to ring.
And let's face it, you don't want to lose customers by having
them wait until you're available. That is why you have a choice
in how you want to deliver your information.
Live recordings give real time access to customers. They can
speak either to you at a designated time or they can speak
to an operator. The benefit of this type of service is that
they have one on one interaction with you or your operator.
They can ask questions and get real time answers. You can
also set a maximum time allowed for each call, so you are
not hung up on the phone with any one caller.
The other way information can be delivered is through pre-recorded
messages. You don't need any special recording devices to
create a file and you can record your messages at your leisure,
making them available to your callers when they have time
Industries that Use This Service
An 800 or 900 Pay Per Call service is lucrative for any business,
but here are just a few types of industries that use the service.
• Law Information lines
• Business Consulting
• Medical Information lines
• Government Program lines
• Financial Advice lines
• Music Lines
• Stock/Investment Advice lines
Coaching / Life Coach Lines
• Recipe Lines
• Weight Loss Program Advice lines
• Movie Hotline
There are so many more industries that use 800 and 900 lines
for their businesses. Sales Representatives with high sell
records can use Pay Per Call lines to help give specialized
tips to novice sales representatives and capitalize on their
experience to make more profits. Motivational speakers can
enhance their presence by adding phone workshops or consultations
to workshop attendees. There really is no limit to how you
can use a Pay Per Call service!
What Does it Take to Set Up the Service
Setting up an 800 and 900 Pay
Per Call service is simple. You need to first decide the
type of service you want, whether pay per minute or flat fee
per call. You then set the amount you want to charge.
To set up the service with PayPerCall.com,
you'll pay a nominal $799 one time set up fee that includes
the service plus the set up of a toll-free dedicated 800 number
with 1 forwarding number. A monthly maintenance fee is part
of the service and includes line maintenance, programming,
hosting, billing, software, real-time tracking and customer
You will also be given the tools you need to set up a welcome
message to callers. This preamble will introduce your service,
advise the cost of the call, list the average length of each
call, advise the caller that they must be over 18 to participate
and let the caller know that within 3 seconds of the welcome
message being complete, charges will begin.
How You Get Paid
When you sign up for the service, you can choose an amount
that is considered industry standard or you can choose any
price point you want for the service. The choice is yours.
Whether you decide on a per minute or per call plan, a portion
of the money received from each call will go to the call service
provider, the rest is your profit, which you will receive
on a monthly basis.
There will be the occasional charge back from a credit card
or an amount that is in dispute. Therefore, the call service
will hold back as much as 20% for a period of 180 days. After
that time, the money in reserve, minus any money that was
in dispute, will be released. Keep in mind though, that each
month you have the service, a certain percentage will stay
in reserve in case of charge backs.
The Difference Between 800 and 900 Pay Per Call Numbers
Whether you choose an 800 number or a 900 number should be
based on your needs and what service you want available to
your customers. With both 800 and 900 numbers, your line can
handle up to 99 calls simultaneously. You can choose whether
you want per call or per minute billing and the hours of operation
the line is in service.
The biggest difference between 800 and 900 numbers is that
the charge for an 800 number is billed directly to a credit
card or debit card. The charge for a 900 number call is billed
directly to the caller's phone bill. With an 800 number, a
web based software program automates and tracks the process
and you can have your revenues deposited directly into your
account monthly. Web visitors can initiate calls from the
Internet as well as check whether or not you are available
to take a call from your website.
As you can see, there is a lot of potential to profit from
information using an 800 or 900 number pay per call service.
After the initial set up, not only will your customers have
an added benefit in doing business with you, but you'll watch
your business profits grow to unlimited amounts.