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How to Find Online Job Opportunities - Tips and Tricks to Finding a Work from Home Career

Updated on May 10, 2013
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There are many reasons a person would need or want to find a job online and work from their own home. Some women like to stay at home and work because they have children and would rather stay home to take care of them. Other people don’t get along well with others, which makes a work at home job ideal for them. There are many other reasons that a person would want to find employment online.

In my case, the reason is because I work better by myself. If you put me by myself with a task, I can focus better than I could if I were around other people. I’ve always been the type of person that is quiet and sort of a ‘loner’. To find a job where I can work in the comfort of my own home and do the work in my own time, is just amazing.

So, whatever your reasoning may be for wanting an online job, you may be wondering how to get started and find the type of job that works for you.

In this hub I will not tell you about websites that I have not tried out myself, because I do not want to lead you into a false hope. Instead, I will provide you detailed information on the sites that I have signed up for and worked with.

Even if you do not want to try the sites that I have been a part of, it’s still a very good idea to read this hub entirely because I will go over how you should go about your search for online jobs and how to tell if a site is a scam.

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What type of work are you looking for?

You should first think about what you are willing to do for work. Do you want to be a writer? Do you want to create websites for companies? Do you want to answer phone calls or emails for companies? There are endless possibilities for employment online!

You also have to consider: How quickly do you want to make money and how much do you want to make? How much time are you going to devote to working online or at home?

If you want to “Get rich fast” there are some jobs that will not fit your needs. You may have to look into a job where you do specific things for a company, that often times require extensive experience or training. Such jobs include things like: Professional writing, Coding websites, and customer service. These jobs tend to require experience and training; however they usually pay pretty well. If you have the necessary training, these jobs would be perfect for you.

If you are looking for a job that you can do on your own time, that doesn’t take up all of your time, then you have many options. There are plenty of sites that allow you to do what you want, on your own time and get paid for it.

For example: here at HubPages you can write about anything in the world you want and you can do it whenever you feel like it.

There are certain legit survey sites that allow you to fill out surveys online and get paid for them.

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How do I tell if a site is a scam or not?

The first thing you’ll figure out about working online is there are many jobs out there that are scams. Scamming can be defined in many ways.

Some scams are pretty minor, such as sites that just refuse to pay you what you earned, meaning that your time was wasted.

Some scam sites are much worse. For example, sites that steal your identity and actually charge you money, causing you to go into debt.

So, you want to figure out how to tell if a site is a scam or not? Well it’s not too hard to tell with some sites. If you come across a site that asks you for personal information, this should set up a red flag. Now, don’t automatically assume that the site is a scam because of that one reason but do remain cautious. Survey sites that ask for your personal information such as your street address are most likely scams. I know of a few legit survey sites and they do NOT ask you for any bank account information or your personal address. However, please note that you will have to verify your PayPal account for many sites, as they have to pay you in some way or another.

If a site seems too good to be true, it probably is. When you come across a site that seems legit and you want to try it out, you need to take one very important step before signing up. That step is doing research on the site through Google.

Simply go to Google, type in the name of the site and then ‘scam’. So for example if I had a website named “Paid Survey Site Galore” or something, you would type into Google: Paid Survey Site Galore Scam.

Take a look at some of the links that come up, often you will run into forum posts discussing the site and if it is a scam or not. I will normally read everyone’s comments and if more than one person says that the site did something bad, I would not sign up.

It is also very important to remember this: Just because one person says the site is bad, does not mean it is. If you were to do a search on HubPages and saw that one person said “Don’t join HubPages, it’s a scam and you don’t make any money” well I can tell you from personal experience that, that particular person just didn’t put forth the right amount of effort to make money here. Some sites should actually be treated like an actual job to make any money. You can’t expect to make money by doing nothing!

Sites to help you find a job online:

WorkatHomeCareers.com

I have personally used Work at Home Careers myself. In fact, it’s actually how I found out about HubPages. The site is pretty well set up, in my opinion. It’s not hard to navigate and the list of job openings is very thorough. When you click on a link it gives you as much detail as the job employer provided. It will show you requirements and gives you a link to the site. I find this site very helpful and a great resource when looking for online jobs.

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I have not actually used this site before; however after taking a brief look at the site, it seems to be very helpful as well. It’s also very well set up and easy to skim through the available jobs.

As with any job finding site, make sure you go to Google and check for scams!

HubPages!

During my quest to find a job online, I came across HubPages and immediately signed up.

Here at HubPages you can write hubs about anything you want. You can write personal stories and reviews. You can write about your hobbies. If you have knowledge on particular subjects you could write about them and help others. The possibilities are endless!

The community is amazing as well. I’ve had so many friendly people help me with each and every question and concern I’ve had about the site and that is one thing that keeps me going.

The cool thing is you don’t even have to be a professional writer to be here! You can have no experience with writing at all and sign up. If you think you have even a smidge of talent in writing, this is the place to be!

If you think that you aren’t good enough, please do not let that stop you! There are so many people here to help! You can always ask for advice and people are here to give it. You also do not have to worry about getting your feelings hurt either. I have never once seen anyone here give bad advice to another person, or be rude. Everyone is very friendly and every single one of us has room for improvement.

If you are willing to work hard and learn, then give HubPages a good chance! You won’t regret it!

Also, I am willing to help anyone that signs up! Just send me a private message and I will reply back to you as soon as I see it. If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find out who does and get in touch with them for you!

Paid View Point – A survey site!

I signed up for Paid viewpoint a while back and have found it to be one of the only legit survey-taking websites.

You do not have to enter your street address, just your zip code. You also don’t have to enter any bank account information, just your email that is linked to your PayPal account.

You get paid a little bit for every survey you take and the surveys only take a minute or two to complete! The amount of surveys you can take per day is limited, unfortunately. However, for the amount of time it takes to complete a survey, I consider it worth it. All you need to do is set aside a couple minutes a day to fill out the surveys. If you have a full time job, you can easily set aside a couple minutes for a little bit of extra income.

Please feel free to contact me if any of this information has confused you or you would like to know a little bit more about anything I’ve mentioned! I hope everyone enjoys my hub and finds it helpful.

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    • Simon Lam profile image

      Simon Lam 4 years ago

      Do you know if Paid View Point is available for Canadians?

      I really like this hub. Thanks for all the tips and information! This was a great and useful article!

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      Melissa White 4 years ago from Arkansas

      I'm not sure, unfortunately. :(

      Since I don't live in Canada I don't really have a way to check. However, I haven't heard anything about it NOT being available for canadians.

      It's always worth checking out :)

      Btw, thanks for the comment :D

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Good tips here ...I plan on checking out Paid Viewpoint and Work at Home Careers. (I also do better in a quiet and more solitary environment, but unfortunately, I work in a high-stress and rather loud office!) Best wishes for success here on HubPages!

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