I am seriously thinking of becoming a ChaCha guide, but some questions first...

@shywolf (4522)
United States
February 7, 2007 1:04pm CST
I keep hearing more and more about this idea of becoming a ChaCha guide. A ChaCha guide is apparently someone who helps others find the search results that they need. The pay seems very reasonable, and it sounds like work that I would be able to do. The main thing that is making me nervous is the idea of the training. I would love it if anyone who is a guide could help me with these questions: 1. How many hours did it take you to train before you were able to start getting paid? 2. How difficult was the training? You get trained by a live person online, right? 3. What is the minimum payout? When do you get paid? Monthly? Weekly? 4. Is there a minimum of hours you can work per week or month before you'll get removed from the program? Like say if my internet went down or I couldn't get on for a few days to work as a ChaCha guide, would that mess things up? If you can only answer even one of these questions, I would love to hear what you have to say. Thanks!! I may well need an invite soon. I do know that this program is only open to US residents, and I am in the US! ^_^
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Hello shywolf, I am so glad to see your post. I was about to post a discussion very similar to yours, I'm glad I checked first! I too, have been giving ChaCha some thought. You seem to have the same questions that concern me. I also am a bit concerned about downloading their program/toolbar. I will be watching your discussion with great interest!
@shywolf (4522)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Aw, I'm glad that you found my topic, crazynurse! ^_^ It seems like I could make a lot more with Chacha than I do here, and I really need the money. I would still stick around Mylot - I love it here - but ChaCha is the first online opportunity I've heard of where I might be able to make enough to actually relax a bit, even though the whole idea of live training and helping live people with searches is pretty daunting to someone as shy as I am *laugh* I'm really not afraid to download the toolbar. Hearing that ChaCha has been around since last October gives me some reassurance. I would love to see some proof of payment, though, from someone, and I really would like to know what the payout level is. I don't know if I want to join if they have a really high payout requirement, as that always makes me feel leery. For the poster above you, I have given my SS# out to online companies before. i wouldn't worry about it too much. With the rates Chacha is paying, I think that they are expecting most of their guides to make over $600 in a year, and they _have_ to have your SS# and send you a tax form if you make that much. So I'm sure that's why they want/need it.
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
7 Feb 07
From what I've heard, if you're doing a ChaCha search for someone and get stumped, you can pass the search onto another guide. I was accepted as a guide, but had to turn it down because I use a Mac (it's PC-only for now).
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@rosie_123 (6118)
7 Feb 07
OK - well I read right to the end of this, thinking "that sounds good", and "I've never heard of that!" only to find out at the end that it is for US residents only:-(( Ah well, - sounds like a good opportunity, and good luxk Shywolf if you decide to give it a go.
@rachelcaron (1681)
• United States
7 Feb 07
sorry if this is a little off topic, but I do something similar. I help people find answers on justanswer. It sounds similar. You get paid different amounts based on the questions. You do not have to give you ssn and they pay through paypal. I have made $23 so far. Here is the info: Just Answer - If you have a degree, are an expert in a particular field, or just are good at researching topics you can make some money answering people's questions. I recently started doing this. You have to first answer a few questions in a particular topic to be an expert in that category. There seem to be a lot of different types of questions being asked. http://www.justanswer.com/home.asp?r=rachelcaron&bn=2
• United States
7 Feb 07
I think the payout level is $20 and they pay with paypal. It took a while for me to get the hang of it and it does get frustrating at times because you have to wait for someone to accept your answer, but it sounds like it is easier to start getting paid than at cha cha.
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Rachel, thanks for the link. I have also been considering ChaCha, but something doesn't feel quite right about it. I am going to look at justanswer a little bit more.
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@annieroos (1846)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I have heard that just answers is good but i tried it and i haven't gotten anything.. and i have answered questions.. Am i doing something wrong.. But thats great that you have been paid from them.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
7 Feb 07
shywolf, I too am interesting in becoming a chacha guide. I received my invitation late last night but my firewall stoped me from going. It said their certificates were expired or not valad yet. Here is an article by wmg2006. She has been a chacha guide for a while and she loves it. She may be the one to answer all our questions. I have emailed her with my concerns. We have to fill our a W2 also. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/729669.aspx
• United States
7 Feb 07
I sent wmg2006 a comment on her discussion and ask her if she could come to this discussion and answer questions. Hope she gets the comment.
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@shywolf (4522)
• United States
7 Feb 07
It was actually wmg's discussion that got me thinking really seriously about becoming a guide *laugh* I had heard mentions of ChaCha on here before, but not one that had really explained what ChaCha was, so I kept not really paying attention. Then that topic caught my eye and I had been reading it closely, but I still had questions, so I posted my topic hoping for a quicker answer than I figured one person could give me. Thanks for giving me the link to her discussion, though! I needed to look it over some more! ^_^ I have never filled out a W2 form.. this is all new to me. I've never had what one would consider a 'real' job. I'm definitely feeling pretty shy about the whole thing, but this sounds like such a great opportunity for someone like me who is too shy to apply for a job in person but can see maybe being able to help people online. I love searching on the internet, already, and have done some pretty deep searches for things that were eluding me in the past, going around to all sorts of engines to gather results, so I really think that i could do this. I realize that it wouldn't be exactly like that, but still.. i feel that this is work I could actually do, and be earning possibly more than ever before online.
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@shywolf (4522)
• United States
7 Feb 07
LOL, I was typing my above comment when you left your second one. Thanks for doing that! I was about to do the same thing, but felt a little shy of doing so. Thanks! ^_^
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• United States
7 Feb 07
The reason that ChaCha wants your SSN is because they consider you to be an Independant Contractor (meaning that they dont withhold taxes from your earnings, you have to report it yourself at the end of the year) and they send you a 1099 at the end of the year if you make enough. I thought I would clear that up for everyone leary about the SSN.
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@shywolf (4522)
• United States
7 Feb 07
That makes sense, ohioblondie. I knew that it was for tax purposes, and i personally have no problems with giving them my social security number. I can understand why other people feel wary about giving out their SSN, but i have heard about ChaCha for awhile now and it looks like they've been around for months, and there hasn't been anything bad filed about them at the BBB (according to a friend) so I trust them enough to give them my SSN without worrying. ^_^
@nehakalley4 (1919)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I became member today only. I am not able to download the application and hence I cant start my training yet. I have send a mail to the customer support regarding my problem. There are two payment options 1. monthly or 2. when you want it. The monthly payments options does not cost a penny but the payments which you want wnehever costs 2$ for each transaction. They give you a Chacha account which will be linked to your bank account and in the monthly payment option the money will be transferred to your account on each month but the minimum payment amount is 100$. But yes you get trained by the live person but there are pdfs and videos also to help you out. I dont think so the training is that difficult. My sponser completed the training in one day and was also promoted (as there are different levels of promotion in Chacha) on the same day. And she is spending 5-6 hours daily on it and earning a good amount. I can answer only these questions for you.
• United States
7 Feb 07
yeah thats correct, in the monthly payment option they direct deposit into your bank account.
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@shywolf (4522)
• United States
7 Feb 07
You've been incredibly helpful. Thank you so very much! I am giving you plusses for your wonderful answers. I wish that I could do more. You have definitely given me some useful information about the payment options! ^_^
• United States
8 Feb 07
Thanks a lot for rating my responses as plus
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@nehakalley4 (1919)
• United States
7 Feb 07
If you want I can send the invitation to you. Send an email with "Invite to ChaCha" as your subject and stating your name and email id in the mail. My email id is nehakalley4@gmail.com
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@shywolf (4522)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Thanks! I really appreciate you posting your email for me to get ahold of you, but I already promised someone else on this site that I would hopefully get an invite from them when they start having invitations available. If they do not get any invites to give out soon, I will get back to you. Thanks again. ^_^
• United States
7 Feb 07
Ok thats fine. No problem to me. All the best then.
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@prenuer (278)
• United States
9 Feb 07
i am not sure how long it takes to train to become a pro because they have just introduced a new training system that will hopefully make it simpler but I made mine in last than 1 day. of course, i started back in sept of 2006. at the time, the training was simple and given by a live person. you decide when you get paid. there is a pay me now button that you can push at anytime of the day or night. they only take $2 out in bank fees each time your request payout but payout can be in any amount over the $2. the great thing about this job is that you login when you want, if you want. no minimum. no maximum. addressing the ssn question in a different manner. i used my tin that i received from the irs rather than my ssn. i don't put my ssn down on anything business related. hth.
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@shywolf (4522)
• United States
9 Feb 07
Prenuer, I have no idea what a 'tin' is. I would just give them my social security number. I'm really not that worried about doing so. I am much more nervous about the idea of giving them my bank account info in case I decide to go that route to get paid, since I am not keen on the debit card idea. Almost all the money I have in the world is in my bank account, as little as it is, so I don't much like the idea of anyone having access to it, not that I think that ChaCha would do anything illegal. I just get nervous about the thought. Anyway, it's good to hear that they are making the training process simpler! Thanks for your valuable info! ^_^
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Gee, now you got me interested too....great discussion. I've been wondering about it for a few weeks, but like you had alot of questions...I still do..lol But it sounds like it's definately worth looking into. Thanks everyone for all the information.
@shywolf (4522)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Thanks, Mari! I'm glad that my discussion was able to help you out, as well. You might want to look around the Mylot site for other discussions about ChaCha - there is one posted by another user who I can't remember the full username here, but it had a lot of great stories and info in it, as well. Anyway, this does seem like a great opportunity, and I hope that you enjoy being a ChaCha guide if you decide to become one! ^_^
@talisman (1308)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Hi shywolf, I'm a ChaCha guide and a part of JustAnswer, so if you have any specific questions about either of those, just ask. For your already asked ChaCha questions: 1. I don't remember the exact amount of hours, but I was getting paid the very first day. 2. It's not difficult at all! It's a little bit scary at first as you're not 100% sure on what to do, but the trainers are really nice and they are there to help you. I recommend watching the videos and reading the manual before begining training searches and also trying some practice searches on your own. Yes, you're trained by other guides who have reached the Master level, which is what I am now. 3. You can get paid whenever. 4. There's no minimum amount of time for you to work, you can work whenever you want to. Personally, I have ChaCha up whenever I'm online and not needing to specifically focus on a certain task.
@shywolf (4522)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Talisman, you gave me some amazing answers, thanks! I agree that I need to figure out where the training manual and videos are, but I haven't run across them yet. Do you have the link for those things? It would help me out a lot if you or someone could help guide me towards those resources *laugh* Thanks again! ^_^
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
7 Feb 07
This is a great discussion that you've got going here! I have read through all of the responses and I think that they pretty much answer your questions. I have thought about ChaCha, but like you I have had a few doubts and reservations. I think that I'll give it a try. I also like the site that another user recommended- justanswer.com That sounds worth investigating, also. It sounds as if the ChaCha training is pretty simple and painless, and that you would be making money in no time. Just don't leave us completely once you're making the big bucks, OK?
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@shywolf (4522)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I looked into Justanswer a bit, and it seemed tougher to get started with than ChaCha. I really wanted to do it, but I didn't like the $20 payout too much. I really appreciated the person who gave me the link, though. I'm always looking for better ways to earn. I don't really feel anything 'off' about the ChaCha site, but the whole thing is a bit odd. But the thing is, they've been around for months now, since like Oct of last year, and someone told me that there are no complaints about them at the Better Business Bureau website.. surely if they were not paying or people were frustrated with them, there would be at least one complaint? I think that I trust the whole idea, but I wish that they would pay via Paypal. If they did, I'd be rushing to try to go ahead and join as soon as possible. I guess that I would have to go for the $100 payout deal to my bank account, because I have wary feelings about debit cards in general, and I don't like the idea of having to make $100 and then possibly not getting paid. But if you can really make up to $5-10 in an hour, I guess that it wouldn't take that long to make the payout for the month. I really would like to give it a try. I just feel shy. But I am still thinking it over. I definitely don't want to completely leave Mylot, lol! I love it here, and one could easily reach payout at Mylot by just posting about 20 times per day... so I am sure that I will stick around, no matter what happens with other money making opps! I would miss my friends here too much! ^_^
@weemam (13377)
28 Feb 07
I have never heard of this , I thought you meant to be a dance teacher lol and teach the cha cha xx
• United States
10 Feb 07
I trained for about a total of four hours (over two days,) before I started getting paid searches. The training is easy, and right now there's a self training area where you can practice. You do get trained by another guide at master level and they are usually very nice. I don't think there is a minimum, since you work for yourself, basically, by their rules. It's considered a self-run business from your home, so if you don't work for a week, that's your thing. If you're serious about an invite, I have a couple. Feel free to send me a message.
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@yinyang (244)
• India
8 Feb 07
sorry. i dont know chacha
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@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
8 Feb 07
I have never signed in Chacha guide,though I checked the site several times.I joined a similar site.If any of you wants to konow about just let me know. There are 3 ways to win on Winzy: Search and Win Instantly Refer Friends - If They Win, You Win Too! Earn Points To Enter Monthly Sweepstakes
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• Philippines
8 Feb 07
international members are accepted in here? thanks!
• United States
9 Feb 07
Can someone please explain to me exactly what a cha cha uide is? I guess I don't reall understand it! Is it some kind of online internet guide or something how does it work? what do you get paid, how often ? please answer me !!! No one ever reads my posts!
• United States
10 Feb 07
ChaCha is a program where you can search through a guide to find things on the internet. YOu give them a prompt and they do the searching for you, providing you with what you're looking for. You can make up to about $5. in an hour, and it completely depends on you how often you work, and how often you get paid. You have to be at least 18 and US resident.
@LadyT1208 (181)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I don't know if you ever became a ChaCha guide, but I recently became one at the beginning of March, and it is absolutely great. And it's a fun way to make money! First you pick keywords, things that you know about or like..you start off with 3. You receive training on just those 3 words by other guides that have reached Master level (it took me 5 days to get to master level). Everything is very self-explanatory..you get to pick more words after enough "good" ratings on your searches, and advance to the next leve. The reason why you have to give your SS#, is because it is considered your own business. You're responsible for your own taxes if you make over a certain amount a year. You can choose either the pay me now or monthly option. Both of them require you to sign up for an online bank account, which is legit (believe me, I made sure to check out everything!..lol) If you choose the PMN option, they send you a ChaCha debit card, on which you can transfer your earnings to anytime you want! It is TOTALLY flexible, no schedule, you sign on and off to work whenever you want, 24 hrs a day, and you can do it from any computer, as long as you have the application downloaded on it. Also you have to be invited by someone that is a Master Guide, once they open up invites again, and after you become a Master Guide, you can invite people under you, and make a percentage of what they earn. If you already became a guide, congrats! If not I hope this helps ease some of your concerns!
@sahyd2don (2949)
• India
14 Apr 07
I would like to join any site like chacha which is open for international users too.I am not from US so please help me find site like chacha .I will be thankful to you.
• India
7 Apr 07
nice idea