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Taking Responsibility When Searching For Online Opportunities

Updated on September 21, 2008

Teaching Them To Fish


Many people contact me wanting me to send them a list of links to legitimate online jobs. First of all, I haven't been able to find a legitimate "job" for working at home. I have, however found some legitimate home business opportunities. The problem with these contacts is trying to get them to understand the difference between the two.

I spend a lot of time in Yahoo Answers, where I see the same question posted by at least 100 people every day... "Legitimate online jobs" or something in this same line. The catch is that everyone wants to work at home on the computer for a few hours a day and get paid mega bucks without having to invest any money, time or effort into the venture. Granted, this would be an excellent "job" for anyone if there really were one of this nature in existance! Heck I may even give that one a try as an added source!

Unfortunately, people just don't seem to use their common sense in these matters and realize that you just don't earn money for nothing! While it is possible to make an excellent income from a home based business, even that takes investment, time, and lots of hard work. Yet I get email after email asking me to send them a list of sites that offer legit online "jobs".

First of all, when I post on any forum, blog or social network site offering to help someone, I am not offering a list of recommendations. Why? For one thing, I can not recommend anything to be legit if I have either never tried it or have not found it to be successful (or legit). Second, I believe in the old proverb of "Teaching a man to fish" as opposed to just giving him a fish. In that sense, what I offer them is to help educate them in how to research these opportunities, companies and help them learn what to look for and what to avoid.

I do this because no matter how good a program is, it is never right for everone. There is no "one size fits all" in this area, so it would be fruitless for both of us for me to recommend one of these sites. If it is not successful for them, they will just blame me for it. What people really need to do is to invest the time and effort that it takes in order to learn for themselves how to look for these opportunities so they can make an informed decision based on their research if it is the right opportunity and if it is legit.

The only problem that has occured with this (and I am really amazed) is that there are so many people that don't want to take the time nor make the effort to learn how to do this properly. They just want you to hurry up and send them some links to "job" sites. I can not for the life of me understand why anyone would possibly think that it would be appropriate to ask someone to do their due diligence for them if they aren't willing to do it for themselves!

I spend hours every day trying to help people this way and it never ceases to amaze me that people expect me to take even more time to email them links to this job site or that just so they don't have to read and learn how to do their own research. Don't get me wrong, I will do anything that I possibly can to help someone to "learn" how to research these companies. However, it is up to each individual to take responsibility for their own lives and learn this instead of expecting someone else to take the responsibility on for them.

Now, all of that said, I am more than happy to help anyone who is willing to learn and be responsible for their research, by teaching them some basics of looking for these opportunities. It is as simple as following my Hub pages and contacting me with questions. All I ask in return is that you pass the information on to someone else who needs help learning how to research these companies and be willing to be responsible enough to do your due diligence to invest in your own future!

© 2008 Bonnie N. Ramsey

Bonnie Ramsey

Diamond Team Leader/Business Owner



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      Bonnie Ramsey 9 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Stirls!

      I do apologize for ranting but it just really gets to me when people expect everyone else to do what they should be responsible for. I guess that comes along with the new technology these days. While I do love the technology, it sure can make us lazy and dependent! LOL. I guess I was raised "old school" where you were taught that anything worth having was worth working for! That makes it hard to understand some of today's society, I guess!


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      stirls 9 years ago from Vancouver

      Great article - or more like a polite rant. None the less you make a very valid point. There is no such thing as a ret grich quick program. There are no over night success stories. Yes the advertising makes you think that there are but that is the advertising. And those catchy headlines in the advertising that say "I made $10,000 in 1 hour" are true but to get to that point the person did a ton of hard work, learning, and effort to earn that $10,000.

      Do some research

      Decide what you want to do

      Determine how much time you have to put into it

      Then take action.