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Work from Home Websites

Updated on September 3, 2012

The following is a review of websites that promise you can work at home and make supplemental income. Is there truth to the claims? What about those surveys that pay you cash? How about Virtual assistants? Learn about how you can make some income from the internet and check out the long list of work at home websites links provided. Let's take a look...

Mystery Shoppers needed!

I've seen this ad too many times to count. It promises you money if you go to certain stores purchase an item and promise to tell about your experience. It is used in is used in a wide variety of industries such as retail, restaurants, financial institutions, convenience stores and gas stations, service providers, manufacturers, department stores, travel and entertainment, etc.

Some mystery shopping companies ask that you have access to the Internet so you can rate your purchasing experience on line.

How can you tell if it's bogus? A real mystery shopping company would never charge you a fee to provide the service. Mystery shopping opportunities that are supported by DemoZilla, MSPA, Sassie and Violation are said to be ethical companies. I have posted the link below.

Taking surveys from home

Some people can make a living taking surveys at home. In my experience,you have to be careful on this one. Sometimes the surveys are nothing more than advertisements that want you to subscribe to a free trial that will cost you after 30 days. Typically these are found on websites like CashCrate and Inbox Dollars. Also surveys on Inbox Dollars seem to only want to target certain populations. I have taken these surveys before only to get ten questions in when they tell me they do not need my opinion. And that is a waste of time because you do not get paid if you do not completer the survey. See my thoughts below on Inbox Dollars.

Surveyhead and Greenfield on line have more comprehensive surveys form actual marketers who want to find out how their product is doing. Once you sign up for these, you have to keep on top of them. Survey invitations are sent through e-mail and usually is on a first come first serve basis. If you are not within the first 500 or so to respond you will not be eligible to participate in the survey. I have also found that the survey will not pay you or stop you in the middle of a survey if they determine you are not part of the demographic they are looking for.

Inbox Dollars/CashCrate

Inbox Dollars and Cash Crate are similar. I have had an Inbox Dollars account for several years. I have received two payouts. I have not put a lot of effort in this site or I would have received more. There are several ways you can earn money. The first way is to sign up for reading paid emails. The paid emails are only two cents each but take no time to do. You will be surprised how much it adds up. You can also take surveys on this site but beware this site is particular about the info they need and may tell you thanks but no thanks halfway through. The Inbox Dollars site has other ways to earn as well. You can watch videos and answer quick questions. There are also a number of offers you can apply for that award you cash bonuses. For more about Inbox Dollars take a look at the adjacent link.


Some companies are looking for people to call others for bill collection or other services. Some companies require that you come on site once in a while while others require you to live within a certain distance away from the office.  Companies like WAHs ( Work at Home success) have a blog site where on line job opportunies are posted.  The site has been linked below.

Online tutoring

 Companies like Sylvan and  are looking for E-structors to help kids with their homework form home.  If you think you are smarter than a fifth grader then check out the links blow to see if you qualify.

Virtual assistant

 A virtual assistant is someone who has experience in the clerical field. There is a call for individuals who could provide clerical support or creative input. There are several companies that could use on line clerical support.  They are listed below

Home based agent

 A Home based agent is someone who collects customer information and places it into a database.  You may be expected to do sales and pay a processing fee for a background check.  Some websites listing opportunities are below.


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      Salami Fatai 

      6 years ago

      Work at home is a very good means of alleviating finacial problems but some good work at home business for moms are selective when it comes to region therefore depriving some people the opportunity

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      7 years ago

      Great one. Thanks for this and I really interesting this.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      It's nice to see you name reputable companies for mystery shopping. I've always thought it would be fun. I'm so busy being self-employed at home that I don't have much time to look for more opportunities, but i'm sure many of them would pay more than what I get from writing on line.

    • babybrownfox profile image


      7 years ago

      Such a nice and useful info you've written here. Hubpages is one great way to make additional in the internet. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

      If you can check my Hubs here, I would be happy to hear from your comments. Following you here.

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      Kelly richards work from home mom 

      7 years ago

      Nice hub ms chievous,

      i will have a look at all the websites and i hope they work our for me.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great hub!

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wv

      Dave Price..thank you for sincere comment and NOT being spam!!!! :)

    • DavePrice profile image


      8 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      This is the best collection of information I've seen. I've spent some time the last few weeks researching some of these opportunities, but you have shared the best information I've found yet. Thanks for the time I know it took to find it out.

    • internetmktg2010 profile image


      8 years ago

      I have always been skeptical about Mystery shopping companies. I thought they are all scams. Great tips... Thanks!

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      8 years ago This site is perfect for people who wants to work at home..

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wv

      Great Advice Jasoncox83. I'd be happy to post your site here!

    • jasoncox83 profile image


      8 years ago from Ohio

      Two things you also may want to remember.

      1) Mystery shopping companies do NOT charge to work for them. If they want to charge you than it is a different company only selling you information like a directory.

      2) Virtual Call Assistants do require a hard line phone. No Cell Phones or VoIP is allowed with every one I have personally checked into.

      Just figured might be a nice little addition, well written though. There are a lot of Pro's And Con's of working from home though. You can see a list of them at

    • dee0587 profile image


      8 years ago from California

      If you guys are finding legitimate websites to work from home, why don't you post them? It would be really nice to know exactly where to go if there are people who have tried them already with success =).

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wv

      IdeaMorphist please let me know how it turns out!

    • IdeaMorphist profile image


      8 years ago from Chicagoland

      Great ideas! I am in the midst of trying to participate in secret shopping. Supposed to be a reliable company as I have got a referral from a friend in the Navy who has worked for them in the past... Should be fun!

    • wrenfrost56 profile image


      8 years ago from U.K.

      Another good compilation of site's, well written and good layout. :)

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      Max Lehmann 

      8 years ago from London, England

      Nice article - clearly well researched and an interesting read.

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      Peggy Patrick Medberry 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great info. I always was curious about the mystery shopper thing! Thanks

    • jammyedwards1 profile image


      8 years ago from Berkshire

      great hub! very concise information!

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wv

      thanks for sharing Christryon!

    • christryon profile image


      8 years ago

      I love your name. I enjoy word play. I have also been fortunate enough to work from home for a charity for the last 5 years. The mortgage broker I was working for went out of business.

      My husband and I are now on our way to a full-time career in network marketing. We had to sift through a lot of scams, but we have finally found our passion.

      Excellent article.

    • itcoll profile image


      8 years ago

      associated content and writing for demand media are also great ways for making money from home.

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wv

      Thanks passive Income Q!

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      Passive Income Q. 

      8 years ago

      Great Hub Page I found it very informative and encouraging with all of the negative image of "working from home" opportunity it is enlightening to see all of the legitimate ones.

    • Devoted99 profile image


      8 years ago

      I had signed up several websites but until now its just a fake one.

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wv

      Thanks Lauren for your great advice. If you think the company is questionable then check out the better buisness buearu website!

    • Lauren505 profile image


      8 years ago from LA County

      Be careful about these Mystery Shopper companies. Last year I applied for the job and they said they would send me a booklet and all the information needed as well as 250 dollars for the purchase I was instructed to make and then mail the reciepts for proof that I actually bought the correct items. Basically when I deposited the check eveything was fine then i did shopping and all of a sudden i get a call from my bank informing me that I had deposited a fraudulent check. So i had to make copies of all the paper in order for the to press charges on the company and not myself. They told me if i hadn't of saved every piece of communication with them i would have been held responsible. So please be VERY VERY careful !!!

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      paid surveys for stay at home moms 

      8 years ago

      nice truthful review, you are right you can really make money with cashcrate! check out my site please,

      paid surveys

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      BL Tween 

      8 years ago

      Hey thanks for the info. Good job! he he he


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      8 years ago

      Great info

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      8 years ago

      looking for the right job online is every thing, thanks for the info and the useful links

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      8 years ago

      Tutoring face to face is already tough, i wonder how tough it is to tutor through the net

    • sukhera143 profile image


      9 years ago from Home

      Nice work.

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wv

      Thank YOU!!!

    • free4india profile image


      9 years ago

      Your article is nice one so you are going to get a lot of traffic from my personal website as I will be linking to this hub.

    • michelle.dragon99 profile image


      9 years ago

      great info!

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      Kari Murabito 

      9 years ago

      This has been a great hub. I tried working with Coastal Travel (which I found online) but it just didn't work for me. But now I have these great travel vacations that I could sell or give away. Trying to find the best way to do that. Any suggestions? I've just this month started as a stay-at-home-mom, I was a teacher. I'm staying at home to be with my son. I'm going to be a facilitator with the University of Phoenix, but it doesn't pay much. So I'm on the look out for online work. I just found mystery internet shopping. Does anyone know about this? I've completed a job and they need a W9. I want to know how reputable they are.

    • MsSimple profile image


      9 years ago from Redmond

      Great posting.... loved it

    • lawrencesykes profile image


      9 years ago

      Great post!! I am a member of a club called Maverick Money Makers and its helped me to achieve a five figure monthly income. I have just done a full insider review here:

      Hope it helps anyone thinking of becoming a member.

    • cutedoll profile image


      9 years ago from new york

      There are lot of legit work from home opportunites. I am in direct sales business. On my website I do have list of jobs and businesses that u can do from home.

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      Roselyn Mendoza 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      I am working from home -- online -- for about 3 years now. There are legit sites on the Internet, you just have to be alert and determined when looking for jobs that will fit you.

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      9 years ago from quebec

      Hey thanks for all the links and information. I am always so skeptical of the work at home thing, so thanks again for providing clear and concise information!


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      9 years ago

      Mystery shoppers have been around for a long time. You see them on craigslist quite often. I know of people that have done the shopping thing and got paid. You can't quit your job but it was easy money.

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      9 years ago

      wow I'm gonna try it,great info it really helps.

      another good way to make money online is

      it truly will help fees free must be 13+

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      Melody Lagrimas 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      The advent of the Internet has indeed opened a whole lot of online freelance jobs. Great hub, thanks.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Many people want to work from home these days and it is good to know that there are legitimate opportunities out there. Don't forget to look into the many legitimate network marketing companies like Mary Kay and Emergency Information Services, etc. Many people work these (on the side) to earn extra income and the few who work it really hard can earn large amounts of money.....even cars. It all depends upon your discipline as no one is looking over your shoulder and you are not punching a time clock. You determine your own fate. Personally I like that as apparently you do also. Thanks for this hub.

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      9 years ago from EAU CLAIRE, WI

      Fantastic hub!! I'm a mystery shopper, too but have had a hard time finding work in my area. I found a couple new resources as a result of your hub. Thanks!

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wv

      Thanks for the feedback! It's helpful to know that there are legitmate work at home opportunities! By the way Love the name! ;)

    • Miss-Taken profile image


      9 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Awesome hub! I must say, I am a Mystery Shopper. I found the job online and luckily for me it was legit. I've also worked from home on the phone in the past, after answering an ad in the newspaper (as a uumm... well, 'phone operator', in a manner of speaking. Not a job I speak too openly about, but it was VERY good money! *L*) And now, I'm a Telephone Research Interviewer - which means I call and ask people to do surveys. The company I work has initiated a work-from-home program, so once again I will be working from home using the phone.

      Basically, what I'm saying is that there are legitimate work from home jobs out there, you just have to be careful and do some research. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is and if there is an exorbitant fee asked for upfront, it's no doubt a scam. Good luck and happy hunting!


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