There are many legitimate work-at-home opportunities available to you on the Internet. However, there are many work-at-home scams floating around online as well. In order to earn legitimate money with a real opportunity, you need to know how to spot and avoid the scams that are there only to take your hard-earned money.
Ask work-at-home parents for referrals. They often can provide you with insider information about legitimate companies that pay their contractors or employees a decent wage for honest work.
Check work-at-home message boards. Some people post messages online about scam-free work-at-home jobs and list companies that have scammed them. For example, wahm.com lists many work-at-home jobs and provides forums for at-home workers to share their experiences.
Check out the companies offering work-at-home jobs. Check the Better Business Bureau or Rip Off Report. Also try conducting a quick Internet search. When you find an opportunity that you're not sure is legit, perform a quick search with the name of the company and the word "scam." This little trick reveals results in which individuals have posted complaints about that company being a scam.
Avoid companies that charge an excessive initial fee. A company offering a legitimate work-at-home job is not likely to ask you to pay for the opportunity. Avoid offers asking for you to pay for secrets on how to work at home and make tons of money; instead, focus on companies that don't charge any fees.
Beware of multilevel marketing (MLM) schemes. MLM opportunities often pay only if you're willing to work hours and hours each day with no guarantee of pay -- and if you're lucky enough to land sales.
Beware of get rich quick promises that you'll make thousands of dollars every week as soon as you start. Most scam-free work-at-home jobs don't pay that much. Use your common sense.