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Real Work From Home Jobs, Not Internet Scams

Updated on January 28, 2012

There are real work from home jobs out there the problem is finding out which ones are legitimate. I have spent the last eight years weeding out the scams and have become quite savvy spotting those that are not legitimate just from looking at their advertisements. The key is if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. You will not get rich from working from home but you can get a pretty good income if you look in the right place. I have found that if you are working from and looking for a salary or full time job you might have to work for more than one company. In a previous hub, Does anybody know of good work at home jobs that are not scams?, I talk about what to beware of as well as some of the same ideas of real work from jobs.
Understand that getting a legitimate work from home job will take time and a bit of research but once you find the right fit it can be a great experience.

What to avoid:

  1. Jobs that offer huge salaries. There is no way that you are going to make $2,000 a week from any job. So be realistic in what the pay will be. Usually (not all the time) a work from home job is going to offer a little less than other jobs.
  2. Jobs that want too much information from you right away. I actually have a specific resume that I use for work from jobs that only uses my first initial of my first name, my last name and the city and state that I live in. I do not give out my address or my phone number. If later you find out that the job is legitimate you can provide this information. Most companies understand that you are trying to protect yourself.
  3. Avoid at all costs any job that asks for your banking information this is a money laundering scam and you could be jailed for being involved. I have heard some pretty scary stories regarding this and it is an easy trap to fall into so please beware.
  4. You should never have to pay anything for a work from home job. So if the company is asking for money even if it is a small amount there is no need to pay and it is probably a scam. However some companies do ask you to pay for a background check but that is usually after you know much more about the position.
  5. Understand the difference between work from home jobs and businesses. With businesses there is a start up fee and you usually have to be welling to sell. Most businesses have you get your own client base and it is up to you to make your money. With a work from home job you do the job that the company gives you and you get paid for the job that you do.

Real Work From Home Jobs:

1. Telecommute Friendly Companies – There are numerous telecommute friendly companies. If you currently work for a company or worked for a company you can see if they offer telecommute positions.

2. Freelance Sites – There are also numerous freelance sites such as ODesk and Guru; most of them are free or have a free section. This way you can start out and see if it something that you are interested in.

3. Craigslist and other Job Sites – There are many job sites such as Craigslist. For these you can type in key words or phrases such as telecommute or work from home and see what is offered. But please understand that scammers are out there looking for you so be cautious when searching these sites and refer to what to avoid to save yourself from these scammers.

4. Tutoring - This is somewhat specialized but if you have teaching experience or a degree you can tutor and there are many different tutoring companies out there; tutor.com and brainfuse.com. With teaching experience there are also other work from home positions as well, some only need a degree others need teaching certificates.

5. Data Entry - Data entry is a highly coveted position so the jobs are few and far between but if you happen to luck up on one keep it. Many companies also offer data entry work that you can start out at the company and then after a few months you can work from home. Other more specialized types of data entry are; medical billing and some research positions.

6. Customer Service- There are many different customer service positions with numerous companies as long as you have a computer and phone (specifications depends on the company) then you are all set to go. There are many different types of customer service positions that include in bound or out bound calls and some that even work with sales.

7. Call Centers - Similar to customer service there are many different call center companies looking for work from home workers. Again if you have a computer and a phone set up, most ask for Cable or DSL as well as a second phone line with nothing else on it. There are call centers that are looking for people who can work from home. Some companies that look for call center work from home are 1-800-Flowers and U-Haul.

8. Virtual Secretaries/Assistants – Virtual secretaries and assistants help businesses and people with general office work. There are numerous companies that hire virtual secretaries and set them up with those businesses or people that need them. You can also find some virtual assistant work through Guru.com.

9. Appointment Setters – Appointment setters simply set appointments for companies. Usually this position is expanded to do other tasks for the company as well depending on the need of the company. Some also include telemarketing so be aware if telemarketing is not something that you want to do.

10. Others - There are many other types of positions out there and companies looking for stay-at-home moms and dads, disabled peoples, students and other specifications for their positions. You just have to be very diligent about looking and making sure that the job being offered is not a scam.

So yes there are work from home jobs that are not Internet scams the difficulty is in finding them. You have to be diligent in your work and very careful about the information that you give out in your search. Make sure to ask as many questions as you need to feel secure about the job. If the company does not answer your questions chances are they are not legitimate. Weed out the scams to find that perfect or close to perfect job for you. Remember it takes time but it will come with patience and perseverance.

Good luck!

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      Tessa 3 years ago

      Honestly no site should ask for money to work for them, thats a red flag. I signed up with this site - www.projectpayday.com/go/6223140 I like it so far, however its only been a week, fingers crossed!

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      walter horton 3 years ago

      I want to work from home making money

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      Triplet Mom 5 years ago from West Coast

      Lala - Unfortunately its not just Career Builders I see scam companies on almost every job search site. Its really too bad that the sites are not regulated closely.

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      LaLa 5 years ago

      how is it that a job search site like Career Builders would list a job for a at home position working on your computer from a so called scam company

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      alansrangers 6 years ago from South Lanarkshire

      everybody gets scammed every day in one way or another, be it food or petrol.......

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      Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast

      Albert - The reason why I do not give out information on where to find legitimate jobs is constantly changing. Also there are really too many to name. There are companies that allow their employees to work from home and there are companies that specifically hire people to work from home. Its just something that you have to research and keep up on constantly. Not to mention the fact that the scammers continue to grow and prey upon people looking for work.

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      Albert 6 years ago

      You are like everybody else. You talk the BS and never answer the question. Where can I find a legetimate online job. Not this BS where I have to pay some SOB to work or either market their product or services.

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      RichardCMckeown 6 years ago

      Thanks for the information.

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      Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Chris! Its too bad that there are so many scams out there.

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      Chris Crow 6 years ago

      I know there are a lot of people who will find this useful. There are some great jobs out there, but as you mention, the real hard part is trying to find the real ones from the fake ones that turn into having to pay something. Thanks for the effort here.

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      Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Kims3003

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      kims3003 6 years ago

      very nicely done hub

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      Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast

      I am not familiar with Sinciar. You do not want to give any banking detail to a company without knowing about the company. If you are hired by a company then they might ask for information for automatic deposit. You just have to be extremely careful.

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      Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast

      kimbrewaa - I do have any specific sites to tell you about. To be honest with you most of the good and helpful sites that I have worked with in the past are no longer around. Truly its a lot of trial and error and a great deal of foot work since there are more and more scammers.

      Good luck in your search.

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      kimbrewaa 6 years ago

      You say you have spent the last eight years "weeding" do you have any suggestions to any particular sites? Maybe some that YOU have tried and have experience with??

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      Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast

      Thanks Kelly!

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      kelly richards 6 years ago

      Really a nice hub, thanks for sharing.

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      Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast

      khristal23 - So true So true! Thanks for your comments.

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      khristal23 6 years ago from GA

      Great advice for people on the lookout for work at home jobs. There are SO many scams out there, and people really do need to know how to tell the real thing from a fake. There is legit work out there to be done, but finding it is the real trick.

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      Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast

      jj and tina - Take your time to research what is out there. It takes a lot of work to find a legit work from home job but they are out there. Good luck with your search.

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      tina  6 years ago

      i need a good on line job any out there tina_langley@yahoo.com

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      jj 7 years ago

      hope i can find one legitimate online jobs.. (sigh) its really difficult to find one legitimate. mostly are scams..

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Joan - I would start with a great deal of research on the companies that are out there. Looking for work from home jobs takes a great deal of time and work. Good luck with your search.

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      joan 7 years ago

      hello, i am a young mum,please how do i get started

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you jasoncox83 two very great points to make.

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      jasoncox83 7 years ago from Ohio

      Very well written, I will have to bookmark this one. Two things you also may want to remember.

      1) Mystery shopping companies do NOT charge to work for them. If they want to charge you than it is a different company only selling you information like a directory. (Only wanted to mention this as I have seen so many people throw their money away on it)

      2) Virtual Call Assistants do require a hard line phone. No Cell Phones or VoIP is allowed with every one I have personally checked into.

      Just figured might be a nice little addition, well written though. There are a lot of Pro's And Con's of working from home though. You can see a list of them at

      https://hubpages.com/business/Pros-and-Cons-Of-Wor...

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you cbcbrown - This is a very important topic to me!

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      cbcbrown 7 years ago

      Nice, neat, and concise. You did a great job summarizing the solutions and giving people a good place to start. Thanks for the info!

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      DaleandVanessa - Thank you for your comments. Yes it is important to have the skills to do the job. How ever if you are looking for six figure income I don't think that is very realistic.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Thanks for this information!

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      jlodgesharonmp 7 years ago

      About 10 yrs ago my life turn completely upside down. I had been a professional training the Disabled and helping them find employment. Then an accident left me disabled and that brought my career to a screeching halt. I found myself in the midst of an economic situation due to medical bills that lead me to Bankruptcy and then to divorce. But life has great promise if you persist and stay focused. Great thing can happen and do… I wanted to let you know I found a company called J.Lodge out of Ft Meyer, Fl. I found a job working from home… I am not sure you know about them. so I wanted to let you know about this company. People can apply thru their website at http://www.jlodge.com/careers/ feel free to ask me questions too, I love to help people. That was my job before I became disabled.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      itcoll - There are real jobs it just takes time to find them and to weed through all the scams.

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      itcoll 7 years ago

      great to hear that there are genuine work from home jobs despite so many scams floating all around.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Its Angel - Thank you so much for your comments. It is nice to hear success stories.

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      Its Angel 7 years ago from Charleston, SC

      This is a great hub, I am a work at home mom, filtered through the bad stuff and finally started my own VA company. I know I am legit, now I show other moms how to start there companies. Guru is good, you might also mention Elance they are ver good as well.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Guru - Thank you. Its the truth so many scams ask for money upfront and I have heard of too many people getting burned that way!

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      Guru Domination Blueprint 8 years ago

      I like the tip that you should never pay for a work at home job.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you!

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      Google 8 years ago

      This is really great

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      hudsonj1994 8 years ago from Alabama

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      Akpan Ataba 8 years ago from Planet Earth

      Nice Hub, you did a great Job, and I we all appreciate It, we love you. I will love to share with you the secret of making money online without blogging, or thinking of how to drive traffic to your site, all you need to do is just check how much you have made, this is some thing that has been working for me it never a scam and i make a lot of money from it. Read about this at :https://hubpages.com/money/Making-money-online-wit...

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      wordly 8 years ago

      I have bought home jobs directory, its a good product overall, you can readmy review here =>> http://mypsreview.com/2009/06/home-jobs-directory-...

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Sexyeyes - Thank you. I am not familiar with this. If you have to pay or purchase, I would stay away.

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      sexyeyes 8 years ago

      Triplet mom,

      First of all great hub. I wanted to know, have you heard about the Google revolution work from home site? If so, what have you heard and are they legit or scammers? I just came across it and was interested in trying it. Unlike most people they use there personal banking cards to do these transactions for shipping cost, I have gotten scammed with this so, I have an alternate card that I use for anything I purchase online. It is a prepaid visa gift card. This way I have control of my personal banking info.But that aside, I am highly interested to hear if they are legit or not. Any info from you aor anyone aware PLEASE....it would be appreciated. Thanks

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Tiger - Sorry that it happened to you. Please do be careful. Scammers are getting more and more tricky these days.

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      Amanda Davey 8 years ago from Canterbury, Kent, UK

      A great hub. I wish I'd read this before I emailed my cv in response to what I thought was a legitimate job add. The job was genuine but the ad was placed by a company claiming that they could sell me a genuine online job database with the job details in. I shall be very careful in future. Thank you.

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      Dr Do Good 8 years ago

      I have been signed up as a transcription proofreader for Transcript Divas, the only problem with this trasncription service is that pay through paypal - but they do pay! http://transcriptdivas.co.uk/ or for their signup deets http://transcriptdivas.co.uk/transcription-jobs/

       

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      The fact that you use the verbiage work from home "programs" makes me a bit skeptical. Regardless everyone should be very careful looking for work at home jobs and know that they should never have to pay anything to work from home. That is the number one thing to remember.

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      work online data entry 8 years ago

      there are real work at home programs.. just search don't get discouraged by all the scams.. I've also been scamed.

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      Work From Home 8 years ago

      great hub...good read...

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      Work From Home Business 8 years ago

      Great info

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      sophieqd 8 years ago

      Real Work From Home Jobs Not Internet Scams

      Thanks for this. It's really helpful!

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Research Analyst. I think its a very important subject. I have been seeing an increase in legitimate online jobs along with an increase in scammers. With the economy I have to agree that there are more companies that are looking to cut costs and looking for other forms of workers such as independent contractors and freelancers.

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      Research Analyst 8 years ago

      Its important to have bloggers like you triplet mom to provide accurate information to help others who are looking for ways to make extra money, I agree that if you have a specialized skill it will be easier to find work online as a freelancer. Due to the economy right now more companies that are cutting back and trying to save money are going to look to hiring independent contractors, freelancers and those who can telecommute, because it is more cost effective for them and more financially beneficial to the ones who need a more flexible schedule working from home. Keep up the good work.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you ontheway!!

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      ontheway 8 years ago

      Real Work From Home Jobs Not Internet Scams

      it Was very well written, I support you, welcome to my hub

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Coach Tim. I really hate to hear about people who are scammed and hate seeing how many people are out there trying to scam others. It sickens me especially when those that are truly innocent and uninformed are taken advantage of.

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      Coach Tim 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Awesome hub!

      You really nailed it here! There are many opportunities out there to make extra money but they are also twice as many people who try to fool you into a scam. Thank you for providing this list, it will be a huge help to people who are looking for a way to earn from their own homes.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you for your comments mcstir. I appreciate them although I cannot be an advocate for your link since it asks for money.

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      mcstir 8 years ago

      Great, informative hub. It is true there are many scams out there, you just need to use common sense. If it sounds too good to be true, it must be. http://onlinemoneysolutions.bravehost.com/

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Mattressguru - Thank you. It is truly sad but understandable that people are gunshy. There are so many great online jobs out there. I hope that scammers do not ruin it for everyone.

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      mattressguru 8 years ago from TO, ON, CA

      thank you for this. everyday so many people get scammed. I really believe in making money online but because of these scams, people are really skeptical.

      Thanks for making this information avaiable.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you webwin!!

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      webwin 8 years ago from Honkow

      That's good idea!

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      RAJKISHOR SAHU 8 years ago from Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA

      I have also tried to collect similar information which are not scam. please check it here http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-work-from-home-on-i...

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you linjingjing.

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      linjingjing 8 years ago

      Real Work From Home Jobs Not Internet Scams

      I am in favor of

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Linjingjing - Funny?!? Its not supposed to be funny.

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      linjingjing 8 years ago

      Real Work From Home Jobs Not Internet Scams

      Funny article

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Ashley - Thank you very much that is true, it is extremely easy to be scammed on craigslist. Again if it sounds too good to be true it is most likely a scam. I am also seeing a few scammers on Monster.com. It is wise to be very cautious.

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      Ashley Joy 8 years ago

      Be careful with Craigslist there are lots of scams on there.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      BardScribe - That is great information thanks for sharing!!

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      BardScribe 8 years ago from Iowa

      HIKEGUY: "I've saved myself a lot of time by running the name of any company through Google -- often complaints will come up. Also, if the company doesn't exist -- no street address, no articles about them... that's a huge red flag."

      That's a good tip...I signed up for a few Paid-to-Read sites...I may run them through Google, and if there's ANY that seem a bit dodgy, I'll cancel my accounts with them.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Crammartin - Thank you, I am so glad that this was helpful. I hope you are able to find what you are looking for.

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      crammartin 8 years ago from Montana

      Triplet Mom,

      Thanks so much for the tips and I have already checked out guru.com and am very interested. I appreciate your great use of examples as well as your sound and competent advice.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      RGraf - It is so true I have heard too many horror stories and it makes me very sad. I want everyone to find something that they can do without getting scammed.

      MM - Thank you. After years of searching through the bad ones I think its about time to share. Yes Hub Pages does ROCK!!

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thanks so much for doing the research and for writing this hub. It's a big time saver for people looking for the "silver bullet" who might otherwise be tempted to fall for get-rich-quick-at-home schemes.

      As for me, I've found my work at home paradise. It's called Hub Pages!

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      So many people fall for the scams. Thank you for pointing out the fact that there are legit ones out there.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Tushar - Thank you very much. Finding data entry positions from home is very difficult. Data entry positions are the most coveted type of position and they go quickly. This is why it is the scammed type of position as well.

      Matiskater - Thank you very much!

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      matiskater 8 years ago

      great article i like it a lot!!

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      tushar09 8 years ago

      hey thanks very informative hub..

      i was looking for this information because searching for online home based jobs i found jobs but most of them are scam, i realise when i sign up and got nothing like as a form filling or data entry job....

      again thanks for ur information....

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you gadgetmang!!

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      gadgetmang 8 years ago from San Diego California

      I'm going to have to agree with the majority here, Great advice indeed.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Ryan, I agree completely!!

      PS Cute baby!!

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      Ryan Wescott 8 years ago

      Great advice. We all need to do our due diligence.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Esocial - That is so true. We all have to be careful. I also think its important to watch out for others so that they do not get scammed. Thanks for the comments.

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      esocial 8 years ago from California

      Thanks for the tips, need to be carfeul, all os uf, that's for sure :)

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Alana. I really do hope it helps.

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      Alana Obe 8 years ago from My mind...

      Very nice hub, thank you for the good advice!

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Britney - Thank you very much!

      Orionsky - Yes working from home has its advantages its cool that you get to do it!

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      orionsky60403 8 years ago

      I love working from home. I work a day job but sometimes I stay home and telecommute. Staying my PJs is great.

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      britneydavidson 8 years ago from united kingdom

      great hub....and excellent information.....i have enjoyed reading it.the truth you said about $2000 salary a week is really hunbuk...your information is excellent...thanx for sharing.keep it up....i dint get chance to read your previous one but surely read when get chance.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Camping Dan - I have to agree getting in on the ground level is best. When I started tutoring I was one of 150 or so for the company I work for. Now I am one of well over 3,000 huge difference.

      Hike Guy - You make several valid points here and some really important suggestions. One should never give out their credit information especially when looking for a job. I have heard of many people doing this. Getting a separate email specifically for job hunting is a GREAT idea I also suggest getting a separate checking account as well this way you are protected as well. Also running company names through Google is a good measure. I would still be leary though because some scammers are now usuing legitimate business names to try and scam users. And yes we all need to report, report and keep reporting so that others are not scammed.

      Retirementhelp - I am glad that you have had some success working from home that is wonderful.

      Orion - Thank you and Good luck in your search!!

      Thank you all for your comments and helpful tips!

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      orionsky60403 8 years ago

      This is really interesting I've been trying to figure out how to be my own boss for the longest time now. Thumbs up for the article.

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      retirementhelp 8 years ago

      Very good info. In a former life, I worked for Ziff Davis doing software reviews. I alos worked writing articles online. Both we done in between careers and hepled me get through tough spots. There are a lot of scams out there and people get desperate when they lose their job.

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      Bryce 8 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Thanks for the great hub! You make good points about what to avoid. There is still a part of me that hopes to find the ideal high-dollar venue for working at home. I've had to modify my expectations into going for multiple income streams.

      In addition to the things you point out to be wary of, I also read the Terms of Service, privacy policies, and whatever other fine print there is. Many popular opportunities, such as Helium, take all rights to every article you submit, forever. The more aware you are of what you're agreeing to, the better choices you can make.

      Great point also about not revealing too much info at first. I quit a couple survey "opportunities" when the first thing they wanted from me was to sample a credit report site -- by giving all my credit info! Unfortunately, I suspect they get a lot of people to do that. I also use a separate email account with a variation on my name to keep my biz and personal accounts from being spammed, and so the scammers can't link anything I send them to my legal identity.

      I've saved myself a lot of time by running the name of any company through Google -- often complaints will come up. Also, if the company doesn't exist -- no street address, no articles about them... that's a huge red flag.

      Another great resource is www.ripoffreport.com, which offers a search function and alphabetical listing. So far, every too-good offer I've checked there has had numerous reports from people who got burned.

      The more people report scammers, the better for all of us who are doing, and looking for, legitimate business.

      Thanks for this post and discussion!

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      Camping Dan 8 years ago

      Many of the work from home opportunities are better off when you get in on a ground level. A great example is VA, there are so many out there now vying for jobs it is hard to get started.