Tip 33: Affiliate Bookstores versus Direct Hire

In the late 90’s to early 2000’s, there were Telephone Psychic Networks that created “Bookstores.”  Those bookstores recruited, trained, and created contracts with the Psychic Independent Contractor.  This was the main company’s way of outsourcing staffing.  It was another way of calling it by today’s terminology an “staffing affiliate.”  The now defunct, Ms. Cleo company, was notorious for using “bookstores” as their turnover ratio was thru the roof.  At the same time, they staffed in volumes. Bookstores gave them the “luxury” of staffing Psychics in the hundreds and possibly thousands. 

There are many problems with bookstores.  They come and go leaving Psychic readers high and dry when it came to collecting compensation.  Worse, since those readers had contracts with the bookstore and not directly with the main company, there wasn’t much the main network could do if the bookstore vanished. 

When it comes to contracting with a bookstore, be aware that information passed will likely get distorted.  Similarly, when a story is passed down, the story changes.  This is very similar to a “he said..she said” scenario where 2 or more parties on an issue have different versions of requirements.  They didn’t understand the Psychic company’s policies well so information was distorted. 

Though many of those practices have faded by calling them bookstores, they are re-emerging into what is now being called Psychic Staffing Affiliate Programs.  Basically the title is the only thing that has changed.  Information still gets distorted.

The other advantage of working with a Psychic company directly is that you earn a higher compensation.  Think about it.  An affiliate’s income is derived from a Psychics pay.  In turn that lowers the Psychic’s compensation.

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