I got this question today from a man who wanted me to call him. He added that his problem was complex and that it may take a couple of hours for him to explain it to me. He was upset when he learned that I would not call him and talk to him for free, that I charge $100 for an hour-long phone consultation or $50 for a 30 minute phone consultation.
So why do I charge money to talk to people over the phone? The answer is easy. Half of the people who contact me do not actually want to hire a worker. Instead, they just want somebody to talk to, somebody to confide their problems to.
When I first began to accept clients from online I was a pushover. I would spend hours talking to people on the phone whom I knew had no intent of ever hiring my services. They just wanted somebody to talk to. I simply cannot do this anymore. My time is valuable.
So the reason why I charge money for a phone consultation is to weed out the people who already know before they contact me that they do not want to hire a worker. If you want to speak to me over the phone you will pay for my time. Otherwise, I offer free email consultations because I can do these at my own leisure and when I have free time.