Tips for Setting Up a Call Center

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In Brief...

While a properly set up call center will provide a business with increased visibility and income, it requires a significant commitment in human as well as financial resources. Before starting to run a call center, it is important to prepare. Consider the following when setting up your call center.

Instructions

  1. Just as with goal setting, you need to have specific, measurable objectives in mind. Without them, you will have no way of knowing if you are on target.
  2. Knowing the kind of call center you want, physical or virtual, will give you some idea about costs to be incurred. Costs like computers, phone lines, and call center employees will be needed in a physical center. Remote or virtual centers will not have as many start-up costs, as the representatives may work from their homes using their own computers.
  3. Think about the requirements for staffing the call center. You will need to know what skills and requirements you want the staff to have, how much you can pay your staff, and how many employees you will need.
  4. Understand your customers. Know what their needs are, know what kind of questions they ask, and know what their expectations are.

Author: Janie Sullivan

Janie Sullivan, MBA, MAEd, has been teaching adult learners for over 20 years. She has taught online over 15 years, specializing in writing, communications, and small business applications. Janie directs the Center for Writing Excellence where she offers writing, editing, and formatting services for writers. She has been published in several newspapers and magazines as well as multiple online sites. She teaches communication, business strategy, leadership, and management courses. Janie has published a book "Develop and Deliver an Online Class." This is the third book she has written about writing and teaching online. She also has published a novel and an anthology of short stories.

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