Avoiding Work-From-Home Scams

I’m willing to guess that you might have (once or twice) looked around the Internet for ideas to work from home. Sometimes when you click on the sites that pop up, you see large piles of money, or an attractive young woman (with a huge smile) holding wads of hundred dollar bills and saying, “If I can do it, so can you!!”

Sound familiar? Maybe you don’t want to admit it, but I’ll admit it for you: Yes. Yes, it does.

How do I know? Well, because I was once looking for a way to make money from home too.

Who wouldn’t want that pile of money?

Unfortunately, the old saying is absolutely correct. If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is too good to actually be true.

Dream Searchers Beware

Try avoiding websites with phrases like: “Make Thousands of Dollars This Week!” or home pages with money-making promises and lots of exclamation points.

Completely avoid the site if it asks for your Social Security Number or a credit card. Flashing, loud words and enticing pictures with huge promises are a waste of your time. Those sites know how to market; I’ll give them that, but that’s the only good thing that I have to say about them. When the hurting economy touches you personally, you may want to believe the outlandish claims, and that is exactly what those sites are hoping for.

They are prying on your insecurities and vulnerabilities. I’m actually really sorry if I crush your dreams by saying this, but I genuinely want to help you: There is no quick, easy way to start earning thousands of dollars a week. If there was, everyone would be doing it.

Once you actually build up a business, it’s completely practical…but not until then. Being a successful entrepreneur takes hard work, lots of time, and some beginning weeks with little pay.

Are There Ways to Make Money Online?

It is impossible to make thousands of dollars a week taking surveys and mystery shopping. Now, I’m not saying there aren’t legitimate sites for those types of things – there are. I know, because I’ve come across them. Unfortunately, you will not make a significant income from being a mystery shopper. If you’re looking for a way to make a little bit of extra spending money and you don’t mind making less than minimum wage, there are a small amount of legitimate companies out there… Pinecone Research pays for taking surveys and ICCDS pays for mystery shopping. Again, you will make less than minimum wage, but if you like that sort of thing, it can actually be fun. If you’re looking for a way to make mortgage and car payments, surveys and shopping aren’t the answer.

As you know, there are legitimate opportunities to make money online by working for other people. There are companies that pay $7-$13 for customer service agents and virtual assistants, but there are also scams directed at people who are looking for those types of positions. I’m here to direct you to places where you can start exploring the idea of being “your own boss”.

If you have aspirations to make more than minimum wage while being your own boss, focus your time and energy on developing a business plan. Yes – there are risks, but there’s also an opportunity for greatness. When you work for yourself, you’re working for your clients and your reputation. There will be some stressful times, but you’ll experience rewarding moments as well.

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