Category: Work at Home Questions

Are you an independent contractor or employee?

Dear WAHFAQ, I recently started working with a company, and they told me that paying taxes is 100% my responsibility. They said I’m considered an “Independent Contractor.” I’m a bit confused as to what this actually means and what I have to do for taxes. When you enter into the “random job” world, you may find that not only can you get traditional employee work, but you might also score a few “independent contractor” gigs as well. It’s important to know the difference when it comes to keeping track of your business. The IRS website has three different Common Law…

What to Expect on a Virtual Job Interview

Dear WAHFAQ, After applying to several companies for work at home jobs, I finally got my first virtual interview! Is there anything special I should plan for? What should I expect? Virtual interviews are not that different from regular in-person interviews, other than they’re conducted remotely via phone, Facetime, or Skype. Because you won’t have in-person interaction with your potential employer there are a few things to keep in mind for a successful virtual interview: Set aside time in a quiet environment. It should go without saying that you should make sure your dogs and cats and kids and other…

The Difference Between Work at Home Opportunities and Work at Home Jobs

Dear WAHFAQ, I’ve been looking online for work at home jobs, and it seems like every one wants me to pay money. Are they all just scams? While you’re surfing online for “work at home” jobs, you’ll see many ads from companies that require fees to get started. Keep in mind that these types of offers aren’t necessarily scams. The company wants you to buy into an opportunity, as opposed to get hired for a job.  Granted, the company may be advertising in the wrong section…they should be under “Business Opportunities” instead of “Help Wanted” but they chose to post…

Work at home without going insane

Dear WAHFAQ, I just started working from home, and frankly, I kinda suck at it. I sleep in too late and get so easily distracted by regular “home” stuff…not to mention my family and friends keep bugging me during the day. How in earth have you been able to do this for so long? I feel like I need a babysitter…for ME! Ah the joy of working from home. Waking up when ever you want, going to bed whenever you want, working whenever you want…That’s what most of us think of right? Well, in actuality, just because you work from home,…

Unconventional Million-Dollar Ideas

Through my classes and websites, I encounter many people who believe that it’s only “other people” who can have success in a non-traditional work environment.  It’s these “other people” who have the creative ideas, and the “other people” who will make the millions. I constantly challenge that assertion because opportunity is all around us.  It’s just a matter of developing the habit of recognizing it, and allowing yourself to have courage to pursue it.  You don’t have to go to college and get a degree or have a high-paying 40+ hour a week job to earn money to survive.  Remember…

Seven ways to make $50 quickly

Dear WAHFAQ, I need to make money NOW. Not necessarily a lot, just enough to tide me over until the end of the month. What can I do? If you need to make money quickly, there are many things you can do to bring in extra income. While there is no need to limit yourself to $50, it’s enough to make a difference when you’re strapped for cash. Fifty-dollars can: …get enough food for a single person for a week, or a family for a few days. …be enough of a down-payment on a past-due bill to keep utilities from…

Make extra money with Print on Demand (POD) companies

Dear WAHFAQ, Can you explain how those t-shirt printing websites work? I’m an artist and have some designs but I’m not sure how that all works. Thanks! Sometime around 2003, my brother-in-law told me about a company, Cafepress, that would allow him to create his own t-shirts. He runs a political commentary website, and was looking for ways to earn revenue. My sister would help create designs and they would upload the images to the Cafepress site. They chose where they wanted to “sell” the image: t-shirts, bags, or bumper stickers. Cafepress had a base price for the item, and my…

Seven ways to make money online

Dear WAHFAQ, I’m interested in making money online, but I don’t know where to start. I don’t really want to work for someone else. Can you help me? The Internet has completely changed the way we communicate, the way we research, and the way we do business. There are several ways of using the Internet to create income. Choosing the one that works for you will take time. You’ll need to do some research and be open to learning a completely new skill-set. But once you’ve found a way to make money online, you’ll see the joy of residual income and…

Making money with micro-gigs

Dear WAHFAQ, Have you heard of Fiverr? Is it legit? Are there other sites like it? Can you make money with it? Fiverr is one of many “Micro-gig” sites where people can make extra cash by completing tasks in their spare time. A brainchild of the 2009 recession, these types of sites are turning average job-seekers into entrepreneurs by showing various ways to make earn income. Micro-gigs are very small and quick services that can be completed virtually or in person. For example, you may not need a personal assistant for 20-40 hours a week, but you really need someone…

Unemployment benefits available if you want to self-employed

Dear WAHFAQ, I just got laid off and a friend of me told me that you had mentioned at some point that unemployment would pay benefits to start a business. Is that true? How do I make that happen? Depending on your state, yes, it’s true! If you are receiving unemployment benefits, instead of fulfilling job search requirements, you can instead enroll in a retraining program, or entrepreneur program. You will still receive your benefits as long as you meet the requirements of your program. The federal government has recognized the trend of increasing self-employment, by passing a $35 million…

Earn extra money as a focus group participant

Dear WAHFAQ, I’ve heard that people can get paid doing focus groups, just sitting around and giving their opinion on stuff. I’m very opinionated! 🙂  How can I get that kind of work?   Companies and brands pay good money for Market Research: finding out about how their products and services work and are perceived. By interacting with the public, (ie: the “market”) they learn what is liked and disliked about not only their own offerings, but that of their competitors as well. There are two types of data collection: Quantitative and Qualitative.  Quantitative research requires a very large sample…

Work at Home FAQ

I’ve been getting a lot of press lately on my books and random job lifestyle. This has led many people to my site and blog (Yea! Hi and welcome!) and inevitably I’ve received a ton of emails. So, to help everyone out, (and spare my poor hands from carpal tunnel) I’ve compiled a list of common questions regarding work at home jobs and the stuff I do: Are there real work at home jobs? Yes. It depends on your interest and skill set, but there are companies that do hire people to work from home. In The Work at Home…