Skype has an advice and services directory where users can get advice by voice or video over Skype Prime. It gives those who have a bit of expertise in areas such as Relationship advice and Counseling, Computer and Internet, Business and Personal finance and other areas a way of making some extra money by helping people out.
How it works is that people call you for advice on whatever it is they may need help in and you charge them for your services per minute or per call. According to the Service Provider Agreement, call charge limits must be set as follows:
“The permitted limits for the fee shall be between 0.1 EUR or 0.15 USD and 2 EUR or 2.5 USD (excl. 15% VAT) per minute and between 0.1 EUR or 0.15 USD and 10 EUR or 12 USD (excl. 15% VAT) per call”
Getting setup is simple and straight forward. First and foremost, to become an adviser you have to be over 18 and be qualified in the service you intend on providing. If you do qualify as an adviser it is a matter of following these few steps to get setup:
- Download Skype
- Set up a PayPal account (to get paid)
- Open Skype, go to Account > Earn money with Skype Prime and follow the instructions
- Name your service and how much you wish to charge
- Create a directory listing
Once you are set up and good to go you don’t just start making money for the first minute of the first call. You will have to prove yourself as an adviser because calls start off free and charging doesn’t start until the caller has given the okay to start charging. Skype takes 30% of your earnings as commission and the rest is yours less any refunds, charge backs or taxes that may apply. Earnings are paid into your PayPal account about 120 days after the call. This I see as one drawback with the service because it is a bit of a while to wait. Skype puts it down to that being how long it takes them to make sure there is no fraudulent activity. I hope this wait period reduces over time. None-the-less, it is another way through which some of you can make a bit of extra money by doing something you are good at and may already do on a daily basis without being paid for it.