Allanna Kelsall, vice president of human resources for Alpine Access, a provider of home-based call-center services, says companies look to call centers for two key reasons: "The most important is the recognition of their own core competencies -- not all companies are able to provide the same quality of service as an outsourced company that is focused 100 percent on the management of agents." Call centers also are better able to rapidly expand their network of agents as needed.
Similarly to a call center agent or any support rep, a live chat agent provides constant support to customers or prospects, but solely over live chat. You'll often be helping customers with questions they have while online shopping on your company's website. This is position is perfect for you if your remote environment is often loud or distracting or if you feel uncomfortable speaking on the spot, as you won't be making calls.
Remote customer service reps have the same responsibilities as customer service reps. They reach out to customers and offer new products and services, discounts, proactive solutions, and company news. They usually have to reach a certain number of calls or emails to meet daily goals. Since this position is restricted to different forms of virtual communication -- from phones to email to live chat to social media -- it can be handled from any remote location. It may be easier to hit your numbers when working alone.
Looking for a virtual receptionist with a professional and caring speaking voice to answer phones, screen clients, and schedule appointments for a psychology private practice that helps individuals, couples, and families with various issues. Assistant will be responsible for scheduling for 2 -3 psychologists with a call volume ranging from 5 - 20 calls per week. It would be helpful to have an understanding of HIPAA and confidentiality. Must be able to answer and return forwarded calls between 9am and 6pm Monday through Friday. Assistant is responsible for pleasantly answering the phone, answering questions about the practice, engaging the potential client with kindness, completing a brief client intake form, and scheduling that first appointment. Assistant will have access to a virtual calendar and will be required to text, email, or call should there be an urgent message from clients who need a response during hours of operation. Must be non-judgmental, compassionate, and timely. Work would begin asap after training on client intake process, confidentiality, and virtual calendar sharing. Assistant can expect to work approximately 5 hours or less per week. Completed call log/time sheet will be used to track workflow. Nice part-time job for a person who has the flexibility to manage a few phone calls and scheduling around their other tasks. This is the primary need and responsibility however, additional hours are available for business development support and initiative.