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Finding a scam-free work-at-home job isn’t always as easy as it seems. Unlike when hunting the local listings, you can’t always stop into the business’ office to meet with the employer, or even ask a previous employee about his experiences. Still, you can find plenty of legitimate work-at-home job opportunities by using reputable resources.
Familiarize yourself with some of the work-at-home community’s most reputable, but often concealed, online resources, such as The Online Magazine for Work at Home Moms (WAHM) and Rat Race Rebellion. Use these, and other reputable resources, to gain a true understanding of the available work-at-home opportunities, and the types of jobs for which you qualify.
Research the work-at-home opportunities that interest you before you apply for the position. Look into the company, visit its website, and research the company’s rating on the Better Business Bureau’s website.
Read work-at-home forums, like Work Place Like Home and My Mommy Biz. Use these forums to see what others are saying about the company’s legitimacy and work procedures, and to familiarize yourself with companies before interviewing with them.
Search for work-at-home positions in companies with which you are already familiar. Visit the company’s website and do a direct search of available job opportunities. Expand your search criteria to include telecommuting, part-time and contractor positions, as work-at-home opportunities often fall into these categories.
Use your common sense to avoid scams. Pass on "opportunities" that require monetary investments, upfront fees and multi-level marketing. Remember that real work-at-home opportunities follow interviewing and placement procedures, just like brick-and-mortar businesses; and that legitimate virtual businesses will not promise millions of dollars in immediate income.
Writing professionally since 2004, Charmayne Smith focuses on corporate materials such as training manuals, business plans, grant applications and technical manuals. Smith's articles have appeared in the "Houston Chronicle" and on various websites, drawing on her extensive experience in corporate management and property/casualty insurance.