How to avoid work at home scams, Part 2: Use only legitimate job leads

February 22nd, 2008

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I’ve spent hours online looking for legitimate sources of work at home job leads. You know what? I was disappointed. Thousands of websites promise work at home jobs and home business ideas, but most of them make me suspicious. They make promises but show no accountability. Some sites didn’t even have an “About” page! Or it was buried too deep under all the advertisements!

I looked for websites that checked out job leads before posting them. Sites that charge a fee to access the job listings did not even make this claim. Unless they said so, I assumed that they did not screen the job leads.

So after days or research, I only came up with three websites that I feel confident enough to share with other aspiring work at home individuals:

WAHM
This is one of the oldest and best-known work at home websites. I’ve been lurking in the forums for quite a while even while I was still employed. The wahm.com forums are great for getting first-hand information from other Moms (mostly but also a few Dads) who work at home. If you’re interested in direct selling with a particular company, for instance, you’ll get lots of feedback from those who are already doing it. The site also has loads of information on freelancing, telecommuting and other ways to work at home. Plus, I got the best anti-scam advice on the wahm.com forums.

The job listings site says: “We try to screen jobs here, but we get fooled too. So do your homework, come to the boards, ask questions, be careful.” Fair enough and pretty much common sense.

Wahm.com was recently bought by a large company but original owner Cheryl is supposed to still be active on the site. Hopefully this arrangement will keep wahm.com as one of the most trustworthy resources about working at home.

Rat Race Rebellion
This site has a list of “work at home job leads screened and handpicked”. I checked out a few of the listings and they do look legitimate, having come from established job sites or known employers.

If you remember from my previous post, Rat Race Rebellion has that wonderful video showing how they investigate a job lead using free resources on the Internet. It’s quick but thorough and the website owners are upfront about who they are, what they do and how they do it.

Work at Home No Scams

This site has a “list of free and legit work from home opportunities that have been screened as scamfree to the best of our ability”. The list is pretty short, but I think that’s fine as long as they have, indeed, been screened.

I found the site more difficult to navigate than the first two. The “About” page was a bit difficult to find and the author has another website that also lists jobs, so it can be confusing.

Please note that, even though these sites claim to screen their job listings, you should still exercise due caution and do your own research.

Do let me know if you get a work at home job or business idea from these sites

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5 Responses to “How to avoid work at home scams, Part 2: Use only legitimate job leads”

  1. melatoninmg on September 28, 2009 3:37 pm

    it is good to know that there are lots of “Work At Home” opportunities that are available on the internet. I mainly use Adsense and Clickbank to earn money online. and work at home because they are reliable and pays consistently.

  2. Ian Henderson on June 21, 2010 3:09 am

    it is not always very easy to earn money online, it is a lot of work too.:;’

  3. Hailey Hall on July 9, 2010 1:03 pm

    Nowadays, you must be super creative to have a good business idea that works.;’`

  4. Megan Thompson on July 12, 2010 4:11 pm

    it is easy to get Business ideas, just look for a product or service that has demand and fill it–~

  5. Zoe Murphy on July 19, 2010 3:03 am

    i also want to earn money online that is why i make lots of webpages and monetize them..`”

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