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Why Passive and Residual Income are Important

It is possible to earn residual or passive income – and it is well worth the effort needed to set up. The formula for becoming financially free is to have your passive (or residual) income surpass your monthly expenses. Once you can cover your monthly expenses with income that requires little to no effort on your part, you can spend your time doing anything other than punching a clock! Read More…

Should You Give Out Your Social Security Number?

Mystery Shopping may sound a little too good to be true, so it makes sense that you’ll want to protect your private information, like your social security number. But, mystery shopping is a job – and companies need to pay you! In this episode, we discuss alternatives to giving out your SSN so you can stay protected. Read More…

Real or Scam: Mystery Shopping Walmart

It can be difficult to figure out if a job offer is legitimate or not…especially for mystery shoppers! This week, in our #FraudFriday edition, we break down a very looong and specific job offer to determine if this job offer for Mystery Shopping is real, or if it’s a scam. Read More…

COVID and Your Credit Score

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our financial security, to the point where many people may need to rely on credit cards to cover basic necessities. Drawing on experience from the 2008 financial crisis, learn what may be coming down the pike and how the current crisis can effect your credit score – even through no fault of your own! Read More…

Is Shadow Shopper a Scam? (Updated!)

This video is a follow-up to the most viewed article on WorkatHomeFAQ.com: https://www.workathomefaq.com/is-shadow-shopper-a-scam, where I talk about the most well-known Mystery Shopping scheduling service, Shadow Shopper. Sadly, due to COVID-19, Shadow Shopper has closed their doors.
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Would You Recognize This Scam on CNBC?

Anyone can design a website to look like a company that you know. It’s quite simple to steal the look, logos, and fonts – which makes it tricky when you’re trying to figure out if it’s legitimate or not. In this episode, we look at a CNBC-spoofed site – and go over some tricks to help determine scam websites.
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Unclaimed Money: Go Get Yours!

With so many people trying to stretch the dollar during COVID-19, it might be good to find out if you have unclaimed security deposits, un-cashed checks, or refunds waiting for you in your state’s “unclaimed property” division! Learn how to check where this money may be located. 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…

Walk and Work: Treadmill desks help with health and productivity

Chances are, you’ve made resolutions this year to get in shape and make more money. And people seem to think that if you work at home you have alllllllll the time in the world to complete these resolutions.  In reality, it’s just not true. When I get up in the morning, I head straight to my computer, go through my social networks to reply to people, start writing, answering emails, answering media requests, go through my to-do list, work with clients, go to seminars and networking events or teach at seminars and networking events, and before you know it…the sun…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

Resources for Military Spouses and Vets

Dear WAHFAQ, I’m a career counselor that recently moved to a military town, so many of my clients are military spouses and vets transitioning back to civilian life. Do you know of any resources that will specifically benefit them?  Veterans can face challenges entering the civilian workforce. They may have difficulty translating their experience into terms that companies can understand and find useful, or they may not be aware of how to leverage common technology, like social media, to grow their own personal network. Likewise, military spouses have a challenge of finding consistent income when they may have to move…