If you’re looking for legitimate online jobs, then it may seem like the field is jam-packed with choices. However, it’s easy to be taken in by glowing opportunities for running a home business.
Of course the old adage holds true: if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. The first thing you should understand about legitimate jobs online is that they won’t require you to pay before you can start working.
However, there is much more to identifying real home jobs than that. Follow these tips to avoid being suckered by home business scams.
First you should learn how to read those home business and working online listings with a critical eye. You should be suspicious if the so-called “work at home jobs” include work like envelope stuffing, assembly of crafts, medical billing, or email processing.
Also genuine online job opportunities won’t make promises like “You’ll make money fast!” or “Your Computer is a Money Making Machine!” Phrases like these are a dead giveaway that you’re not dealing with authentic online career or business opportunities.
The premise behind home business scams is simple. For a “low fee,” you’ll receive instructions on how to make money online. Another offering is a list of companies that offer part time jobs or work at home jobs.
Usually the list you receive is outdated or includes businesses that don’t really accept people who work from home. Any instructions you might receive generally result in you swindling someone else in the same manner you were scammed.
In the case of medical billing, usually you’ll pay for the necessary equipment and instructions on how to do it, but then you discover that there aren’t any medical billing clients available because they do their own billing in-house.
Home jobs that require you to pay for crafts, assemble them from home, and then send them in to receive payment generally result in the company saying that your work didn’t meet their standards, so they won’t pay you.
Of course with all of these scams floating around, it may seem as if true online jobs are hard to come by. But there are legitimate work at home jobs available—if you know where to look.
True and legal online jobs include freelance work like writing or graphic design. Elance, vWorker, and Guru are a few of the most reputable sites that can connect you with freelance home jobs, and they offer some protection against scammers.
Other job opportunities include virtual call center positions like LiveOps, ACD Direct, Working Solutions, and West at Home. If you’re especially crafty, consider selling your handmade items online at a site like Etsy.com.
One of the easiest ways to tell if you’ve found legitimate online jobs is whether they require you to have some sort of skill in order to do them. If the job accepts everyone, then it’s a red flag that something isn’t right.