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Avoid These Horrible Mistakes in Work At Home and Online Work

Updated on January 10, 2015
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Just imagine how many people are now turning to work at home and online work for extra income. Earning money online seems to be a popular trend and there is no stopping it from continuously getting popular. Although there are many ways to make money, opting for an online work seems to favor many individuals because of its flexibility. Likewise, the number of online opportunities has soared thus enticing more people to try it out. However, finding financial success through work at home or online work requires a little shift in mindset and strategies to make it really work. After all, this is still a venture that needs adequate attention and forethought. So before you find yourself cursing and cussing at the futile efforts, remember NOT to make these mistakes.

Work at Home as a quick fix to get rich

Let me begin by saying that earning money from online work requires, well, work. This is not a get rich quick opportunity. If it were, I’d have a chauffeur drive me around in my Rolls Royce. However, there are many websites, emails and online work opportunity ads that promise you instant cash, effortless riches and other enticing gimmicks. What is even disturbing is that many fall for these stunts. I don’t blame them. Getting cash quickly is something that I want as well. For most of them, they are merely scams or hard to accomplish tasks that are packaged to look like it is really easy. Here’s the bottom line: if you want cash you have to work for it. Money does not just magically get credited to your account simply because you signed up or did some online job.

Be careful with what you do online it might just be a ploy to scam you.

  • Investing in a product or service that is either too hard to sell or market can backfire drastically
  • Networking schemes can easily turn into scams easily
  • Promise of loads of cash for doing nothing is obviously dubious.
  • Paying you currency that you can’t use – yup, online money, credits and the like can become a waste of your time and resources

The most important mental attitude that you have to master is not to fall for get-rich quick schemes. With these strategies, there is higher probability for you to lose money than gain some. Remember that working smart is better than flashy ads and empty promises. The internet is a tool for you to earn extra cash. So you should use it wisely.

Work at Home and Online work are great ways to get extra income.
Work at Home and Online work are great ways to get extra income. | Source

Failure to commit to your online work activities

In order to maximize your online earning potential you need to commit to the work. There is no autopilot switch that you push and everything works out like magic. Although many work at home programs offer risk-free, effortless programs they often come at a price. And worse case is that you dish out cash and find yourself struggling with the system.

Signing up for work at home opportunities is just like having a regular 9 to 5 job. You need to set aside time for you to accomplish work. Online work like being a virtual assistant, copyrighting tasks, ghost writing, blogging, encoding and others, require that you focus on the job to accomplish them. The quality of your work will reflect your professionalism and character. And even in the online world, these are integral traits employers look for.

The online world is similar to the real world. There are different personalities and opportunities. Being able to understand how it works and how relationships are formed will help you manage yourself better. This is why signing up for work on the net requires building positive and productive relationships. You can only experience getting easy money when you put in your share of work and effort.

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Not know the job you are doing

The internet provides many ways to earn money online. Unfortunately, many are not trustworthy. Your ability to discern what is legitimate or not will come in handy. But who can tell which is which with all the sparkles and gimmicks that goes on in the internet? The simple solution is to research more about the company, the person or the task itself. The more you know about what you are getting into will save your from a lot of headaches. Be reminded that you are communicating over a virtual world. In most cases these employers maybe in a different country.

Here are some signs that should raise a red flag:

  • Asking a certain amount from you before you can join or work for them
  • Asking personal information such as credit card number and social security number
  • The site does not have a company address or even a contacts page
  • There is no one to talk about your concerns
  • The site is always getting blocked by your antivirus or spyware program

To avoid problems, it is a wise step to check out the company or person first. You can search scam forums. Another great place to check legitimacy of business is from the Department of Trade and Industry or a similar government branch like Better Business Bureau. For online work not coming from companies, it would be a good idea to check comments from other online workers just to get an idea. Lastly, it is prudent to join online groups where you can get offers for online work. Many sites have sprouted out that match employers and employees for online work. These sites provide a level of security for both you and your employer.

The allure of earning extra cash in your own home is appeal to many. In fact, some quit their jobs to go full time. However, not every online worker or work at home professional see financial success. It is apparent that many people are will to prey on these individuals wanting to find some financial freedom from the online world. Earning online can be lucrative. However, it takes a level of prudence, skepticism and a lot of patience to truly make money from online work. Many have succeeded. Now it is time that you succeed as well.


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      JP Carlos 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello there denise.w.anderson,

      I believe that common sense is our greatest asset to keep ourselves safe. There are many people out there who will prey on those who take security for granted. Stay safe my friend.

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      This is something that I have had to be real careful with. As a newby to the on-line marketing world, I am finding that I have to really look twice at what I am clicking on before I put in my financial information. Even in purchasing items for my family, it is necessary to look at all the fine print, check out references, and be wary of statements that sound too good to be true!

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      JP Carlos 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello there phantomforce,

      Congratulations on the performance of your site. I am pretty sure you can expect more sales soon. Just make sure you provide new content for your niche. This will keep them coming. If you don't mind me asking what is your site about?

      Btw, my wife and I would really love to visit NZ. But we still have to save up for the trip and get our selves ready for the weather there. See you around.

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      Laurence D. Tipene 3 years ago from Auckland

      Fantastic post and right up my alley.

      I started my own website in Feb 2014. I've started making money on the site 10 months later in December. Small sales made every two or three days but it's starting to pay off - and it looks like a lot of the keywords and posts i made attract a good amount of organic traffic daily, mainly from the U.S. I am in NZ.

      Keep up the great work with your hubs. I look forward to visiting them regularly!