InteliChek is an interesting money-earning opportunity. In a nutshell, you get paid for placing calls to various businesses from your home phone. The best part is that you’re NOT trying to sell them anything — instead, you’re usually going to be making random inquiries about how much things cost, what hours businesses are open, and if these businesses have certain products available. You might be calling companies from anywhere in the United States, which is why it’s better for you to have unlimited long distance if you decide to try this.
If you’ve ever looked into work at home phone jobs, then you probably know that companies like West at Home, Live Ops, and many others demand NO background noise whatsoever. The great part about InteliChek is that background noise is actually desirable because you’re essentially doing mystery shopping, and if the person on the other end hears background noise, then they are much more likely to believe that you are a potential customer rather than someone digging up information on them. So those of you with kids at home could definitely apply for a phone job like this with no concerns. Here’s some more info regarding the specifics of InteliChek:
Pay varies depending on how many calls or “tasks” you complete. Pay for beginners starts at .90 per call/shop and it’s not uncommon for some of their workers to bring in $50 to $100 per day. Most calls shouldn’t take more than 3 to 4 minutes to complete. However, you are still limited on what you can earn by work availability. Sometimes they’ll have tasks there to claim and sometimes they won’t. From what I understand, they occasionally send out emails to let workers know when new tasks will be available. I’ve never done any work for InteliChek myself, so I can’t confirm how frequently they run out of tasks.
It’s probably not advisable to rely on InteliChek as a sole source of income. However, I do believe that it would make an excellent source of extra money for someone who really enjoyed the work. You are hired as an Independent Contractor, so taxes are not taken out of your pay and you will receive a 1099 at the end of the year if you made over $600 to file in with your taxes. They pay bi-weekly via check until you reach three star status, then payment is made via direct deposit. It’s not free for them to use direct deposit, so I’m guessing they’d prefer to reserve that option for workers who are more vested in the company. Additionally, if you earn less than $25, you will only be paid once per month and will receive a check – not direct deposit..
You need to be able to commit to at least 20 hours per week if you decide to apply at InteliChek and you can keep any kind of schedule you want as long as you can let them know from week to week when you’ll be available.
To work for InteliChek, you need to be at least 18 years old and either a U.S. resident or authorized to work in the U.S. with a U.S. mailing address and a bank account that is in your name. It’s also necessary to have high speed internet and a calling plan on your phone that is unlimited. One great thing about InteliChek is that you can use your cell phone to do your work if you have an unlimited calling plan. As you may know, many home phone jobs do not allow this and require a corded landline, so this is certainly a bonus because so many people are starting to do away with their land lines and use cell phones only.
They don’t hire everyone who applies. After you email them your resume, you may have a phone interview and shopping test. If you’re hired, there will be someone who is over you called a “producer” who checks to make sure your work is living up to InteliChek’s expectations. If you consistently perform well, you could one day be promoted to producer level yourself, so it’s good to know that there is room for advancement here!
After being hired, there is a training process you must go through to ensure you know what you’re doing. Even though the work sounds easy enough, there’s still a specific way InteliChek wants you to handle things before you just dive in and start calling businesses. You can earn more money as you get faster and faster at handling the calls.
What do other people say about InteliChek?
InteliChek is one of those opportunities that I keep finding recommended by others, and this tells me that most people really enjoy it and are able to earn a decent amount of money doing it. However, I understand that you may want to look into this yourself, so here is a thread I found on WAHM where InteliChek is mentioned. I also strongly recommend visiting the sub-forum for InteliChek on Work Place Like Home (which is totally free to do) because there’s lots of valuable info and worker experiences posted there. If you don’t already have a membership to Work Place Like Home, you’ll need to create one so you can view the thread.
Some not-so-positive feedback on InteliChek I have received so far was from one of my Facebook followers, Deb K:
“If you have thick skin, I would say go for it, but if you’re like me and you get rattled after awhile then it might not be a good match. The biggest problem is that they can have 10 to 12 people calling the same exact location for the same exact price quote and often on the same day. Sometimes it’s not until the next day, but always within a couple of days of each other so it becomes not believable anymore. You can not disclose that you are mystery shopping even if they ask you if you are, so it’s not easy. Also, when they run out of work they don’t tell you, and they don’t give you any idea when there will be more work. When I ran out, if I e-mailed and asked about it they would just respond that they would e-mail when more work was available. I didn’t like the not knowing and actually had a good month and a half where there was nothing for me to do. I just let it go because it wasn’t reliable enough and I didn’t like getting yelled at by service managers who were sick of people calling in for that same item.”
So, I think Deb’s comment is a good example of how this might not be the best job for everyone in spite of all the other positive reviews I’ve read. There’s a good and bad side to everything. Thanks Deb for your feedback on Facebook!
As I said above, many people are very very happy doing work for InteliChek and the problems Deb encountered are not necessarily going to be something that you will have to deal with, too. There is probably no harm in signing up and trying it out seeing as how there are no fees to pay or anything like that. I encourage anyone who else who has experience with InteliChek to share it below in the comments or on Facebook as well. Your feedback on various money-earning opportunities is very, very valuable to this website!
If you’re ready to start the application process, you need to email them your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in mind that they are not always hiring so you may not necessarily hear back immediately depending on their current employment needs. Their job information page is located here.