Frequently asked questions
All you need to know about
becoming a wahve
What is a work at home vintage expert – a “wahve”?
A wahve is an experienced professional who is retiring or has retired from the traditional workforce but who wants to continue his/her career working from home. We call wahves “pretirees” who want more life-work balance at this stage in their lives. WAHVE’s remote workers are unique in that they are skilled, vintage professionals who work from their home office on a freelance basis, using internet and telecommuting technology. Wahves are people who have worked in their area of expertise for at least 25 years and are approaching retirement.
How do I apply to become a wahve?
It couldn’t be easier. Click “apply” and complete our Preliminary Profile. One of our staff will call you for an interview.
Are there any fees to apply?
No, WAHVE does not charge any fees for qualifying you, creating your resume, matching you to an assignment, or placing you on an assignment.
How soon will I be contacted after I submit my information online?
We contact you within a few days for a preliminary interview. After the preliminary interview, you will be asked to complete an online application. After we receive the application, we review your professional background and interview you again to determine your qualifications and skill sets.
How do I get placed on an assignment?
Once you are qualified to become a wahve, we go to work matching you with one of our clients’ job requests. We fill assignments based on our client needs. If we do not have an assignment available that matches your expertise, we will keep your file active, and as soon as we receive a request, we will contact you. Many wahves are matched with clients almost immediately, but some types of professional skill sets are not in high demand, so it might take more time.
How much will I earn per hour?
The amount you earn will be based on the assignment and your experience. The hourly rate is a negotiated rate that you will find competitive for independent contractors working from home.
If I'm collecting Social Security benefits early, should I limit how much I make to avoid harming my Social Security benefits?
There is a lot of understandable confusion about the Social Security “earnings limit” for early recipients. For 2019, the threshold is $17,460. For every $2 earned over that limit, $1 in benefits is deducted. However, those benefits are not lost. Instead, they are withheld and a recalculation is done at a person’s Full Retirement Age (ages 66 – 67 depending on their Date of Birth). Example: Mary claims benefits at age 62 and due to the earnings test she has lost 6 months of benefits by the time she attains her Full Retirement Age. In her case, benefits are recalculated at Full Retirement Age assuming that retirement began at age 62 and 6 months.
A person who began receiving their Social Security benefits can elect to make a one-time withdrawal within 12 months of the original application and pay back amount of the Social Security benefits they received and delay taking Social Security up to age 70 if desired to receive an increase in their monthly benefit by deferring Social Security.
What kind of assignments will I be matched to?
The types of work clients request have a broad industry range across. We will find client matches for you based on your expertise and the type of work you wish to do.
Are the assignments full time or part time and are they long term?
We offer both full-time and part-time assignments. Most are long-term, but some are short-term for projects that are a minimum of six months.
Are the hours daytime hours?
Yes, the hours are typically within normal business hours, but some work can be done anytime depending on the client’s needs and the hours you prefer to work.
Will I need any training?
There is no training involved. You are expected to know your area of expertise. We match your experience and skills sets to the job. You may be required, depending on your professional experience and the client assignment, to learn the client’s process or work systems.
What if I decided that the assignment WAHVE placed me on is not a good fit for me?
If you decide you would prefer a different assignment, we will inform the client immediately and attempt to match you to a new assignment. We take care of what needs to be done for you.
What type of office setup do I need in my home business office?
You will need a separate work area in your home, preferably a room that is quiet and includes a desk with sufficient space for dual monitors. Working remotely as an independent contractor is a commitment and requires an appropriate office setup. A kitchen table or living room coffee table might be convenient, but they are not an ideal office arrangement.
What computer equipment and software will I need?
You must have a working desktop or laptop with a minimum of Windows 7 and current virus and spyware software. Our technology staff will review this with you. If your computer system does not meet our minimum requirements, you may need to purchase a new computer. You are solely responsible for the cost of your computer and software as those are the tools you will need to be able to work remotely from your home on an assignment.
What type of Internet connection do I need?
You must have a high-speed Internet connection with sufficient download speed and a wireless router. You cannot use a dial-up connection or an air-card.
What kind of computer support will there be available?
We have expert technology staff who know and understand management systems and remote technology. They are available to help you at all times.
Do I need a second phone line?
No, you do not need to get a second phone line.
Is there any other equipment I need?
For non-voice based assignment, you do not need any additional equipment. For voice-based assignment, the client will provide you with an IP phone which will connect through your wireless router to the Internet to their phone system.