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Where To Find 'Real' Work At Home Opportunities

Jan 20, 2008
There are real work-at-home opportunities out there. They are fairly easy to identify.

1. You quickly learn what the opportunity involves.
2. You can find explanations of the tasks needed to be done.
3. You locate 'on the site' the tools and resources needed to conduct business.
4. The company talks more about the program than how great they are.
5. They don't promise unimaginable wealth in a short period of time.
6. They promise 'an opportunity' not an introduction, not a list, not a gateway to 1000s of jobs.

There are 'real' job banks and bidding sites on the web:

www.ifreelance.com
www.guru.com
www.Odesk.com
www.Elance.com

www.myspace.com - classifieds
www.craigslist.com - classifieds

These sites will have a fee for a portfolio, but you can easily see and review the site before signing up. The 'opportunities' are not hidden from sight until after you pay, although you need to pay before bidding on a job.

Mimicking the Legit Sites

There are hundreds of sites that mimic these opportunities, but they are 'lists.' You can tell a 'real' opportunity site because the people who need workers contact the service providers directly. The 'list manager' does not stand as a middle man.

Do not fall for statements like Fortune 500, or 'America's most trusted.' Legitimate, extravagant claims like this always come with a link to the article the report appears on. Do not believe press releases - as companies write their own, and can pay to have them published in some periodicals.

If you are unsure, check out one of the scam review sites.

Common Scams

Made For Adsense Websites
Make $200 an hour answering the phone, typing, filling out forms
Nigerian Scam
International Lottery
Free give-aways

The list is almost endless. Anyone interested in starting a home based business should learn how to research the net for scams,

Emotional Abuse

It is very important to beware of sites that use emotional abuse to hook you. If you do a Google search for "websites scams", or "money making scams" you'll find websites that are protecting people from scams, and those using emotional abuse and the 'fear of being scammed' to sell their product.

"I was scammed 37 times"
"Money Making Scams Investigated"
"Secrets the Government (Bank) Doesn't Want you to Know"

Squeeze Pages

There are the most difficult web tool to unravel. There is an old saying 'a half truth hides 1000 lies.' The scam artists mimic the squeeze pages used by legitimate companies making it difficult for people to figure out whether they are on a legitimate site, or are on a scam site.

There are a few things to look for. If the site offers free information, sells a business start up plan and the tools needed, or offers a selection, then it is not a scam.

If there is no choice between products or 'paths to success,' if the site leaves you wondering exactly what you will be doing, and if the site promises wealth, instead of promising to teach you how to succeed - it is a scam.

I am Your Friend Scam

We are Right. They are Wrong. This type of scam plays on the same propaganda used by cults. You are made to believe you finally found someone who will finally quell your fears, and take you by the hand, showing you which are scams and which are not scams, which business opportunities work, and which ones do not.

This type of cyberspace scam is run by someone who is truly good. And, like any good cult, only the few who 'see the light' and are 100% loyal to the guru are right, everyone else is 'trying to get you.'

"97% of all business opportunities are scams"
"If you could really make a million dollars in real estate - everyone would be doing it."

These claims sound so logical. But ask yourself, if the guru really made $100 million in 10 years, why do they need your $100?

IS THERE A SURE FIRE WAY I CAN IDENTIFY A LEGIT BUSINESS?

It is easy. Is there an address on the website? If so, copy and paste it into your 'search' bar on your browser. A Google map should come up with the address and location. Or, find one of the online phone books and type in the address, and/or business name. If the company is legit, they will have a location, and not just a PO box.
About the Author
Mark Walters is a third generation entrepreneur and author. He offers free training and investing videos designed to speed you towards financial independence at http://www.cashflowinstitute1.com/Articles.html
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