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Finding Authentic and Legitimate Sources of Online Income

Updated on June 15, 2010

As the Internet has grown, it has become increasingly possible to get a legitimate job working online. Unfortunately, since the number of people looking for online jobs has gone up, so has the number of scams that victimized people who are seeking out these jobs. Some people are deterred from trying to achieve their dream of working from home because they are concerned about becoming the victim of one of these scams. What's important to realize is that it's possible to work online but that you're going to need to focus on developing a business that you are the head of if you want to be successful with online work. Otherwise you risk becoming the victim of one of those scams.

There are a wide variety of jobs that you can do online but you have to be able to set up your own business in order to do them as a freelancer. For example, you might be interested in blogging or writing web content. There are a lot of scams out there that would prey on your interest in doing this but you would be a lot less likely to become a victim of one of these scams if you set up your own business as a freelance writer. You would still find your clients on the Internet and work online but you would be in charge of setting your own rates which would significantly reduce the likelihood that you would become one of those scam victims. This isn't just true for bloggers but for any freelance position that can be done online; graphic designers and virtual assistants are other common examples.

Of course, some people aren't cut out for trying to work for themselves. The truth is that these people should seriously consider whether or not working online is really for them because it's not the ideal working environment for someone who is not self-directed. But those people who do wish to work online and who don't wish to work for themselves should spend a lot of time researching any work opportunity to determine its legitimacy. For example, let's say that you want to work online as a virtual assistant. Find several companies that are offering this type of employment and then do extensive research to make sure that they are legitimate before you apply. This means seeking out references, checking with the Better Business Bureau and making sure that you can contact your employer via email, IM, phone and physical address.

The most important thing to remember when seeking to work online while avoiding scams is that it's always too good to be true if it appears too good to be true. There are a lot of legitimate jobs available online to at-home employees but they aren't miracle jobs; you're not going to get rich quick or make a lot of money without doing much work. If these are the jobs that you're seeking, you're likely to get trapped by a scam. Instead, plan on putting in a lot of work for a fair wage and think seriously about going into business for yourself to increase the number and quality of opportunities that are available to you.


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  • Linc2010 profile image

    Linc2010 9 years ago from Whiting, IN USA

    Great topic! Well written!

  • taylorblue profile image

    taylorblue 9 years ago from Canada

    I have to agree with's easier just going into business for yourself. I started wanting to do only surveys to being a freelance writer on the web to scoring a full time job writing for other websites. If you have the patience and dedication you can do it!! :)