What work at home jobs pay more than $40,000?

Dear WAHFAQ, What kinds of jobs can I do from home and make over $40000? I have to admit, I’m a little concerned that this post is going to be accused of being “click-bait” because I have a feeling that I’m not going to answer in the way that you want me to 🙂 Here’s the deal: it really all comes back to your own skill-set. What you know how to do, and what you’re willing to learn. If you do website design, you could make $40k in your sleep. If you do Internet Marketing and understand all the joys Read More…

Which is better for work at home jobs: Macs or PCs?

Dear WAHFAQ, As a proficient Mac user, does that computer interface with most [email protected] opportunities? Thank you! All work at home jobs will require that you have some proficiency with computers and the Internet. Now, which platforms really depend on the type of work that you do!  Most of the time, if you just need access to the Internet, or if you’re using programs like the Adobe suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc) or Microsoft (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc) it really doesn’t matter if you’re on a PC or a Mac. However, certain jobs (like transcription) will require that you have Windows-based Read More…

Random Question Round-Up – February 2019

We here at Work at Home FAQ love answering your questions about working from home, avoiding scams, self-employment, and mystery shopping. Sometimes, the questions we get are very thoughtful and help others find much-needed information. Other times, we get random emails that don’t really follow a standard question/answer flow…or just don’t match with our usual content. Rather than ignore those questions (after all, they came from real humans!) we’ll address these monthly in our Random Question Round-up! It’s our hope that by posting these questions to help our readers craft more concise questions that are easier to answer and can Read More…

End of year tax tips for the self-employed

One of the most daunting aspects of being a small business owner or freelancer is trying to figure out how to navigate bookkeeping and taxes. While it may seem overwhelming at first, it really is just a matter of being organized and surrounding yourself with smart people who “nerd-out” over things like deductions, receipts and contracts. We rounded up some of the best and brightest accountants and tax advisors to help you get ready for tax season. Don’t wait for 2019 to get your business in order! Putting these tips in place before the end of the year may just Read More…

Make the most of your holiday vacation

One of the downsides of being self-employed is that we are surrounded by work 24/7. Sometimes we love what we do so much that it’s hard to stop…even during the holidays. I’ve found that I actually prefer working when the rest of the world is on break…I’m more productive, focused, and less distracted by the day-to-day. Here are some tips to make the most out of your holiday vacation, without sacrificing family or relaxation time: 1) Take a “Technology Free” Day…or Two This is listed first because we really do work too much. In order to really be productive, it’s Read More…

Is Jigsy Shadow Shopper a Scam?

Dear WAHFAQ, I came across this website, Jigsy, and was wondering if it was a legitimate Shadow Shopping company. Is it? Thanks! For those who aren’t aware, “Shadow Shopping” is just another term for “Mystery Shopping” it also can be referred to “Guest Shoppers”. These are all blanket terms for my favorite way to make extra money by anonymously evaluating customer service. Check out the Mystery Shopping FAQ, (or even the Mystery Shopper Training Program) you may find that it’s a great way for you to earn extra money as well! Let’s go ahead and dissect this website. First of Read More…

How can you tell if an opportunity is a scam?

Dear WAHFAQ, How can you immediately tell when a Work At home opportunity is a scam, before providing your personal information? The first thing you have to do is figure out if you’re looking at an actual “opportunity” or a work at home “job.” There’s a difference. Opportunities mean you run your own business, you’ll have to put up capital, develop a marketing plan, etc. “Jobs” mean you work for someone else, just at home in your fuzzy bunny slippers. Many people get these confused and lump them all together. Then they get frustrated because they’re asked to put money Read More…

‘Tis the season for scammers

Many of us let our guard down during the holiday season. It’s just so cheery and bright and sparkly, that our attention turns elsewhere. Unfortunately, because of the hustle and bustle, we overlook the red flags that are usually so obvious. Here’s a quick round up of 7 top holiday scams: (Swans-a-Swimming not included) 1) Giftcards Nearly every major retailer (even supermarkets) offers gift cards at checkout stands and even on “virtual mall” racks. Most of these cards have scratch off codes to prevent information theft. However, if cards are not protected, those codes can be written down for later Read More…

“But I didn’t order that!” Scam

Dear WAHFAQ, I got this email that I bought these bracelets, and I didn’t! These people are scammers! I don’t know if I should contact them or not. I’m afraid that if I do, it’ll dig me into a deeper hole. What do you think?   I think you are very wise 🙂 Yes, this is a typical “BUT I DIDN’T BUY THAT!” scam. Scammers and spammers will send out tons of emails like these, (moreso during the holidays!) hoping that someone will take the bait. The email is disguised as an invoice or receipt saying that you ordered something Read More…

How to Avoid Charity Scams

Dear WAHFAQ, I am SO SICK of getting calls and solicitations from charities this time of year. And it’s not because I don’t want to donate…I do! It’s just tiring because it’s hard to figure out what is real. I’d prefer to donate to some of the smaller charities that don’t have the budget to advertise. Do you have any suggestions?   Holidays are ripe with scammers trying to tug on our heartstrings. Be very aware of people standing outside of stores, in parking lots, and yes, even at your front door. Wearing costumes, using props, donning fireman or police Read More…

The “Letters from Santa” scam

Dear WAHFAQ, I was talking with some mom friends the other day and they told me about this service that provides letters from Santa for your kids for the holidays. It seems sketchy to me. Have you heard of it? I search the web fairly frequently for any new scams that may be making the rounds. During the holiday season, the “Letters from Santa” scam is prevalent in various lists of seasonal scams. But what is it exactly? There are various companies and individuals who will charge you, (probably around $19.99) to receive your kid’s letter from Santa, and send Read More…

How Real People Earn Extra Money for the Holidays

Dear WAHFAQ, I’m a student heading home for the holidays, and was wondering if you have any ideas on how to make some money during the month or so I’ll be at home. Any suggestions? Getting temporary jobs can be challenging because sometimes it takes a month or two just to get an interview with a company! Of course, I have my own favorite ways to make extra money (like Mystery Shopping!) but I wanted to see what others had to say. So, I put a call out for real people to offer their advice on how to earn holiday Read More…