Thursday, November 20, 2008

How to Avoid work at home scams

No matter what job market you are working in; out at the office or working from home, there is always a scam and "buyer beware." That is why I have been compiling my blog. Putting together legitimate information for people who are genuinely interested in making money from home. Maybe it is a part-time job or a supplemental job and maybe you are seeking a position that is a "full-time" basis. Whatever the case or need for it, the one need we do not have is to have more money picked out of our pockets.

Why not pay a small fee to make $1000.00 a week? Right? Wrong. First of all, if most of these cases were true, we would all be millionaires.

In most cases there are large registration fees or start-up fees, but recently there has been a mounting concern on the rise of "work at home" scams. Some claim that there is an initial start up fees as little as $1.99 per month. But you soon notice that your credit or debit card has been charged larger fees ranging from $29.95 to $99.99 or even a monthly fee that hits your account. It is very difficult to get out of these situations and the only "sure" thing that you can count on is there will never be $1000.00 a week being deposited into your bank account.

One of the best ways to avoid work at home scams is to check with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and verify that the company is legitimate. Google the company's name and do an in- depth search on the name. More times than not, when I have researched names of some companies claiming to have work at home jobs, I have found great reviews by other people who have had not so favorable encounters with them. Using sites that review companies is another way to find out information about them.

Do not be scared off and get discouraged in your quest to finding a job working from home. Also, there are some legitimate companies that ask for money upfront for a registration fee or even for training, but there is a definite difference between scams and "real" companies that are seeking virtual workers. One of the "red flags" is the "get rich schemes." The jobs postings that state, "get paid to do nothing and you will be a millionaire in 1 week."

This is a great story about a woman that was scammed that was aired on Good Morning America. The CEO of "Women for Hire" Tory Johnson explains some good points on deciphering between legitimate work at home positions and work at home scams. Check out the video at Good Morning America Work at Home Scams

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Expand your "Work at home" job Search with

Searching for work at home jobs and freelance jobs can be a full time job in itself. Working at home is a decision that is made for many reasons. Maybe you are a motivated "self starter" and can prioritize work tasks and balance work/home life in a healthy and productive way. Maybe you always thought that if you had a chance you would pass on the long commutes and endless expenses of fuel and car maintenance, parking expenses...the list is long. If you have made the decision to work at home you need to compile a list of tools that will help with search.

I have been working on compiling as much information and news that I come across in order to find the many opportunities that allow you to telecommute and work from home.

One of the simplest tools is I have added a jobroll of a "telecommute" keyword search from to this blog. At the time I searched for job title "telecommute" the listing included 6,951 jobs that were relevant with telecommute jobs. In your search, do not forget to continuously check the jobs that you can work from home at

Click n Work-Work at Home Positions

Name: ClickNWork

Owned by: Business360-a New York based company that was founded in 1999.

Type of Company: Works with matching remote independent contractors with online home based positions that companies are seeking to fill.

Goal of Company:To make working from home "mainstream."

Tests required: If ClicknWork is able to match your skills set with open positions you are qualified for based on your profile, they will invite you to take additionally required tests to qualify your expertise. These tests measure skills and abilities in the area your area of interest. Categories of jobs:

  • Analysts/Consultants
  • Information Professionals/specialists
  • Writers/Editors
  • Web Searchers
  • Data entry specialists
  • Shoppers, Trend spotters, Social observers
  • Telephone Interviewers
  • Photographers
  • Translators
If you are interested in working from home and are interested in any of the areas listed above please apply at ClickNWork

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Work at Home Business Opportunity Leads

If you have half-heartedly decided to give up the chaotic mornings of rushing around and getting everyone out the door before you pack yourself in for a long hectic commute full of road rage and fun fighting through rush hour traffic for a couple minute commute into your own "home based office"...then you need to have a plan. You need to construct an outline of what type of business you want to run from your home. Once you have a clear and well constructed plan of action the next hurdle is sorting through the endless mountains of scams and promises of making "millions overnight," and finding home based business opportunities that are legitimate and worth the time and effort to pursue. There are many helpful websites, one being This site contains great organized information regarding the different types of home based business models, popular home based businesses, advertising spaces, links to your own business, the ability to browse for homes based business opportunities by industry and the list goes on. I encourage you to check it out.

Another site I found to be helpful is Real-Home-Employment. This site contains many articles and information regarding legitimate work at home opportunities without all the hassle.