Secrets to Avoiding Work at Home Job Scams

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Eyeore in the MorningWe all dream of easy work in our pajamas, especially later in life when creating a more comfortable nest egg is more important than purchasing the latest sports car. But these dreams are all too easy for scammers to prey upon.

Plenty of valid work at home jobs that are not scams exist even in today’s challenged world economy. We don’t necessarily have to hang out on the telephone begging people to buy products to make money at home; plenty of boomers and stay-at-home moms and dads alike earn money through writing, career coaching, taking customer service requests, and typing.

While some work at home job scams may seem obvious, keep in mind that otherwise smart people have given in to desperation for lifestyle freedom and financial independence and fallen into traps. Scammers count on this, and have often spent years refining their strategies and tactics.

A good rule to follow that will stop many scammers in their greedy tracks is to not ever send money to any party as part of a job application process. This is almost always a scam. Now, if you decide to buy a headset so you can work at home as a telesales agent or an eBook so you can learn the art of writing articles or transcribing interviews that’s a different matter. But no one should demand money from you to apply for a job.

Some types of work at home jobs are also virtually always scams, so staying clear of them is a great protective strategy. Envelope stuffing and payment processing positions are usually nothing more than ways for unscrupulous “recruiters” to make money off of your problem; steer clear of anyone who asks you to send out packages, accept them, or cash checks and money orders.

You deserve the financial and lifestyle freedom that a great work at home job can offer you and your loved ones, but like with any other job search patience and sensibility are what ultimately pay very handsome dividends.

Kay Lynn here: Have you ever had a work at home job that ended up not to be legit?

Stephanie Mojica is a writer for, a personal finance website that provides tips and tools to help consumers better manage their home, money and credit – including a free credit score and affordable credit monitoring. She’s also a business success and prosperity coach and author of “How One Writer Shifted from Settling for $12 an Hour to Prospering at Over $90 an Hour.”

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Car Negotiation Coach December 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Kay Lynn, I actually work from home as does everyone in my company. We’re all consultants and software developers and only rarely venture out into the real world to meet at client sites.

Anyhoo, there is quickly becoming a very large culture of people that work from home. I think the key to finding work from home gigs is not necessarily looking for the neon “Work from Home” sign, but instead looking for interesting start-up companies with flexible work arrangements. Many of these gigs are advertised on Craigslist, elance, and odesk….and the from home part is not the advertised part…it’s more focused on skillsets. Anyhoo, I mention this because when we look for people we downplay the work from home part to get quality people and most are pleasantly surprised to hear we don’t have an office.

Kay Lynn December 17, 2010 at 5:14 am

Car Negotiation Coach, that’s a good point. Get a “regular” job that allows you to work from home. My work could easily be done from home, but there’d have to be major adjustments in the corporate culture to make it work. We do a lot of business by dropping in each other’s offices.

Is there a central location to interview employees, have meeting and host clients?

DoNotWait December 16, 2010 at 7:35 am

Never found myself in such a sad position. But I guess you’re right, patience and sensibility must be two necessary qualities to find the right at home job. Also, maybe finding this kind of job by someone you know can help getting into a trustful company. If you know not much about Internet, have no online buddies and just get yourself out there, it might lead you to something not legit. But if you took the time to share opinions with others, found online workers and ask them questions (blogs and forums are often good place to start that), then you will surely end up finding something good.

Kay Lynn December 17, 2010 at 5:15 am

DoNotWait, I just learned about virtual assistants last summer at a blog conference. I’ve heard it mentioned since many times. I hope these types of online jobs will keep people from choosing scams.

Beth Owens December 17, 2010 at 12:32 am

Its really a hard thing, i almost wasted my 6 months finding survey filling jobs or email reading jobs…the worst thing now i understood is there is not even a single legit work from home. We have to start something of our own when it comes to work from home..orelse nothing is gonna work..


Kay Lynn December 17, 2010 at 5:16 am

Beth, there is legitimate work from home jobs; but they will sound like more traditional jobs that you just do it from home versus an office. My understanding is that Jet Blue reservationists all work from home as one example.

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