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Working As An Online Tarot Card Reader
I got into tarot card reading because I was looking for a way to make extra income that was truly on my hours and paid immediately. I scoured the web and fiddled with writing gigs, search engine moderator jobs, phone mystery shopper, and even taking several surveys a day.
I finally stumbled on a site that was looking for psychic readers. Intriguing, however, I don't have a a psychic bone in my body. Then I saw that the site also did tarot card readings and I smiled. For some reason, when I was sixteen, I decided to learn the tarot and had even did readings on and off, through the years, and found I was adept at talking to people about their love life and giving them advice based on what the tarot cards depicted, successfully.
After a few days of looking through forums and visiting several different sites I settled on one that offered tarot card readings through chat, let you set your own price, and let you sign on and off whenever you liked. The only obligation was that you paid them their cut through paypal when you hit a minimum of five dollars. The best part was that payment was immediate. After I finished with a client, I could go to my paypal account and the money would be there. No waiting one or two weeks, or even a month!
Readings and Clients
I have been with this company for about a year and a half and I still find it to be one of the best online jobs I have had yet. I sign on whenever I can, and do readings as they come. I have managed to amass faithful clients with whom I enjoy talking to and watching their progress.
I have never had the opportunity to have my tarot read and so I don't base my interactions and readings from what other readers do. I just go about as if I were chatting with a friend, answering questions and asking them in turn. After readings, clients can give you a rating based on the interaction, and the better your rating, the more opportunities you will have to grow your client list and earn more money.
Concerning the tarot spread, I actually follow my own style because I find that reading a tarot with a full spread is not only time consuming, but awfully clunky. I start with a three-card spread and feel the situation from what they are showing me. From there, I continue chatting, describing the cards and interpreting their meaning, and then I do a "future" read, which is just the card that comes forth when I ask what is coming in the near future if the client continues down the path they're headed.
Earning and Setting Price
To be honest, I don't charge much because I feel that advice and tarot should be given reasonably. While other tarot card readers charge upwards of $3/min, I have always just charged anywhere fro $0.40 - $0.75 a minute. My faithful clients appreciate it and I enjoy doing readings for them and for new people, looking for honest advice.
In the past year and a half that I have been reading, mostly on and off for about two hours a day, I have made over $24,000. I think this is a wonderful part-time job, in which I can spend as much time with my toddler, go out during the day or evening, take a break whenever I want, and get paid instantaneously.
The Good and Bad
What's great is that I get paid for helping people, and they in turn come back over and over to talk, to discuss their next step, and to continue on with their life. I like to think of it as a cheaper alternative to therapy. What always struck me about tarot is that it is a mirror, showing you what you really need to see. I don't think it really is for the future, but rather for the present. Where you are, where you stand, and to advise you on the next step. I'm just the interpreter.
The not-so-good side is when all the cards that come up are bad news. People looking for answers to their love life, and whether so-and-so loves them as much as they love so-and-so, and the tarot clearly states the negative. I do not lie, but I have to break it to them gently, and a lot of people don't want to hear the alternative to their expectations. These, I just have to shrug off because they refuse to listen to what I have to say.
Overall, it has been a very pleasant experience and I have made some interesting acquaintances along the way.