Here are answers to commonly asked questions I receive.
What is your background in working at home?
I have worked at home in a variety of fields including social work, sales, real estate, research, writing, home business, information product creation and sales, and affiliate marketing. My first home-based venture was in social work in 1990. I currently still do adoption social work from home and manage several online ventures that make money through affiliate programs and advertising. I’m also a home business and telecommuting expert at AllExpert.com.
How long have you been running Work-At-Home Success?
Work-At-Home Success premiered online in January 1998. Check out the Wayback Machine to see previous incarnations of the site.
Can you tell me where to find data entry, typing or envelope stuffing jobs?
The short answer is no, because these types of jobs are scams. Typing jobs are actually in the area of transcription and usually require a typing speed of 30 to 80 words per minute. Data entry jobs are very rare and usually involve knowledge of a specific industry and sometimes specialized equipment. Envelope stuffing is never legit.
Can you get me a job from home?
I can offer you resources and advice, but when it comes to getting hired, that’s all up to you. Like traditional jobs, employers hiring home-based workers are looking for people with specific skills and experience to fill a job.
Some of the telecommuting job databases you recommend ask for money, but I thought we weren’t supposed to pay money for a job.
The rule is that you should never pay money to get hired. Any company that says for a fee you can work for it is not offering a job. However, you can invest in your job search through legitimate work-at-home job databases (I have paid for and accessed all the databases I recommend) or hiring someone to write resume. In the traditional world this would be the same as buying the paper to get the want-ads and or hiring a job coach.
Are all the jobs and business opportunities screened?
All the jobs (offers of employment) are given a basic screening. Unfortunately I cannot guarantee any of the jobs posted. Neither can I make any representations or be held responsible for the actions of employers. While every effort is made to make sure you’re getting the best job announcements, scammers use a variety of deceptive techniques and sometimes a bogus jobs slip through. Therefore its vitally important that you do the research necessary to insure the job is actually a job. Remember, legitimate work-at-home jobs are obtained the same way traditional jobs are; you need to earn it through skills, experience and a stellar resume. Work-At-Home Success has lots of information about work-at-home jobs and avoiding scams. Click on the “Work-At-Home Jobs”, “Telecommuting” and “Scam Alerts” for news on these topics.
I see ads on your site asking for money, but you say to not spend money to get a job, can you explain this?
The one thing you never want to pay money for is to get hired. However, it is acceptable to invest money in educational or informational products (i.e.. books, reports, trainings), services, or legitimate business opportunities. The ads you see on the site that ask for money are likely to be a product, service or business opportunity, but with that said, Google Adsense does run on the site and scams and questionable schemes some times get fed onto the site. I try to screen and block these, but I can’t catch them all. Once again, you need to do your due diligence and research any product, service or business opportunity you’re thinking of investing in.
I’ve applied to lots of jobs but never hear back. Can you help me?
Home-based employers are not very good at getting back with applicants which makes it hard because you don’t know why you didn’t hired. Some things to consider are 1) are you really qualified to do the job? 2) Did your resume represent your skills and experiences adequately? Other reasons you may not hear back is that the ad is old, there are too many applicants, and your application got lost in cyber space. It is okay to follow up a week or so after you submit your application to inquire about the job and hiring time frame.
How can I tell if a job or business opportunities is a scam?
The Scam Alert pages goes into detail on how to evaluate work-at-home options. Also I post scam alerts here at Work-At-Home Success.
I live outside the US, can your information still help me?
The basic information should be good no matter where you live. However, most jobs are in the US or Canada. Work-At-Home Success does have international telework information and resources that you can use to find jobs and information in your part of the world. Many business opportunities can be run from anywhere in the world, but you’ll need to check with individual opportunities to see if your country is included.
Is there a way to get the daily jobs without coming to the site everyday?
There are two ways you can get the jobs delivered to you. The first is to add Work-At-Home Success’ RSS feed to your favorite feedreader (I use Googles). Just copy the feed url and paste it into you reader. The RSS feed is: http://feeds.feedburner.com/WorkAtHomeSuccessNewsandReviews Or click on the RSS feed link and choose your reader option from there.
The second option is to sign up for the feed email. This is separate from the newsletter subscription. At the bottom of the page on the right hand side you’ll find a box that says, “Daily RSS Job Feed to Your Email”. Enter your email and everytime the jobs (and other content) is added to the site, you’ll get an email letting you know with a link directly to the jobs.