Dec 17, 2005, 2:56 PM
Re: [sfmacaws] A friend of mine is considering starting a long distance interpreter business. She's
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One of the problems is the telephone service, obviously.
Not realized by many is that toll-free 800 and 887 numbers in the USA are not toll free from Mexico. From Mexico they are all long distance calls at a high per minute cost by normal TELMEX lines.
So, if your friend is in the USA, she will need both an 800 number for people in the USA calling her, and another 800 number in Mexico for people in Mexico calling her. I would suppose it works similarly in the other latin-american countries.
And those toll free numbers cost the provider money.
Too, everybody I know is a, (and I am one of the foremost) hater of 800 numbers. We expect 24hour7day service and instant response but who gets that instant response? I can't see how one person, could possibly handle two or more instantaneous calls. And any person with the emergency questions that your friend is proposing answering is not going to wait. The emergency is not going to wait either.
Then, how is your friend going to make any money from this?
How will she collect for her services? If it is an emergency, nobody is going to hang on to provide credit card numbers or billing information. True there ARE ways to get the money but so far as I can see they are all expensive.
And who is going to pay money to find out where the nearest rest room is? Not here in Mexico. When you gotta go, you gotta go. Your friend obviously has not seen a guy in a bus station who finds out he needs two or three peso coins to enter a rest room, does not have the coins, and goes outside and uses a dark corner. Oftentimes he doesn't even look for a dark corner but uses the tire of a parked car. I often wonder what the suffering woman does?
And while I am fluent in Spanish, I have friends who are not. Still, in times of need they have always been able to find somebody nearby who speaks sufficient English to help them out. And let me say it again, ALWAYS. Maybe in other countries no, but here in Mexico, sí.
In other words, I don't think it is do-able. But then I'm often a skeptic.
(This post was edited by jerezano on Dec 17, 2005, 3:02 PM)