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    Legit Work At Home Job?

    Hello all. I am new to the forums on here so I just wanted to introduce myself and say hi to everyone :)

    Now I'm not new to forums. So I know I may say something that's against the policies. If I do, let me know and I apologize in advance.

    Now I'm no different then anyone else on here. I'm one of the many looking for a legit oportunity to work from home and make a good living. Not just for myself, but for my beautiful fiancee and my stepson who just recently turned 1.

    So I know you all can understand my worries and frustration. In the past year and a half I've tried 3 different at home jobs. NONE of which made me any money. One was too expensive for me to keep up with, the other I had coaching issues with (Meaning they were supposed to teach me on how to make money, which they kept promising they'd do but never did), and the last one was just a staight up scam because when I signed up with them I was just informed to set up my site and then watch the money pile up...which of COURSE did not happen.

    After all this, I keep telling myself just to forget about it. But yet the opportunity to work from home and KNOWING that people do it is just to much for me to pass up. I'm determined to do it, but from what I've experienced this past year it makes me kinda hesitant.

    So I need some help/advice. Do any of you all know of any at home jobs that are legit and that will ACTUALLY put money in my pocket? Please feel free to write me and let me know. I'd REALLY appreciate it and my family would to :) So yeah, please help me peeps...

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    Re: Legit Work At Home Job?

    I can only give you general advice.

    If you are going to work at home you have 3 choices.

    1)Work for established company (typing, answering phones and so on). You will make probably the same money as the guy working in a cubicle doing the same job minus insurance)

    2)Part time pocket change. That would be doing offers, freelancing and surveys.

    3)Entrepreneur. Like with any other business you will have to risk tons of money with high risk of failure. But unlike in brick and mortar business, you got scammers crawling out of every hole trying to take your money.

    a. Avoid "mentors" and "coaches". It is always a scam.
    b. Avoid criminal enterprising ala cash gifting, illegal pyramids, ponzies, reshipping and chain letter scams.
    c. Avoid get rich schemes. Anything that promises easy money working few hours a week/day is a scam.
    d. Avoid "marketing systems". You got no teeth to chew people up and through them out.
    e. Be careful with MLMs in general and travel MLMs specifically. Lot of them have bad products and most of them extremely overpriced (aka GDI).
    f. Avoid sales pitches. Find real work at home forums and seek advice of your peers, not recruiters.

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    Re: Legit Work At Home Job?

    Ok, thank you for the advice. Much appreciated.

    Anyone else have any good advice?

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    Absolutely perfect advice! YAY

    Quote Originally Posted by BorisZ View Post
    I can only give you general advice.

    If you are going to work at home you have 3 choices.

    1)Work for established company (typing, answering phones and so on). You will make probably the same money as the guy working in a cubicle doing the same job minus insurance)

    2)Part time pocket change. That would be doing offers, freelancing and surveys.

    3)Entrepreneur. Like with any other business you will have to risk tons of money with high risk of failure. But unlike in brick and mortar business, you got scammers crawling out of every hole trying to take your money.

    a. Avoid "mentors" and "coaches". It is always a scam.
    b. Avoid criminal enterprising ala cash gifting, illegal pyramids, ponzies, reshipping and chain letter scams.
    c. Avoid get rich schemes. Anything that promises easy money working few hours a week/day is a scam.
    d. Avoid "marketing systems". You got no teeth to chew people up and through them out.
    e. Be careful with MLMs in general and travel MLMs specifically. Lot of them have bad products and most of them extremely overpriced (aka GDI).
    f. Avoid sales pitches. Find real work at home forums and seek advice of your peers, not recruiters.

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    Re: Legit Work At Home Job?

    I don't know Boris, I make a living freelancing, and compared to others in Florida its a bit more than pocket change!

    Still, I do agree with alot of what you said, and in this economy getting decent pay for decent work anywhere can be...troublesome.

    I gave up working for "established" companies after one I worked for went belly-up and the other had management that was as delightful to work with as colon-cancer. Still, if you don't want the responsibilities of running your own business its an option.

    I guess I fall into the entrepreneur category too. If you freelance seriously, you ARE running your own business. At that point its all about diversifying your revenue streams so as to minimize your financial risk. I don't agree that the risk is enormous.

    To be fair, employment nowadays is akin to walking into a casino - no matter which game you choose its going to be a gamble. If you work for others, meaning folks cut you a paycheck, you've got the chance that they'll run your business into the ground or they'll make unreasonable demands on their employees.

    However, being self-employed is more of a poker game. Sure you could be dealt a string of rotten hands, but in the end its how you play the hand your dealt that will determine your overall success or failure within the game. Stability is an illusion, but you can regulate how much control you have in a given situation.

    I would agree that you should be wary of "coaches" and "mentors", but it depends on the context. I have several folks I consider mentors who have guided me along the path. You can be considered a mentor given that you have handed out advice, as are most folks who hand out information.

    The key question you have to ask yourself is what the information your getting is worth. With enough hard work you can find any and all information for little to no-cost, and this is the right I often choose to go. Often, but not always. Sometimes its worth it for me to drop a few bucks to learn something or have all the information put together for me.

    Separating the wheat from the chaff is simply a matter of critical thinking and being realistic about your expectations. MLM's and pyramid schemes typically do not work unless you are at the top - there is definitely a ceiling at work in those, and if its glass its opaque beyond belief.

    As for marketing systems...the jury is still out on those. A lot of the methodologies I've been reading from them follow the same ideas that I use for my own business, and I don't think that business model for advertising companies is exactly without merit. Advertising companies are successful because their business model works, and new companies start of daily. They also fail daily, but you can't blame the model for that, you have to blame the owner.

    I also have to 100% agree with you on get rich quick schemes. Just like the lotto is a tax on people who are bad at math, the notion of getting money for nothing is ridiculous. Still, I would say that currently I put in maybe 20 hours of work a week and I make in the neighborhood of 36 to 40k a year currently, and off-hand I would say that I have been showing gains as I refine my business model. I didn't go to school for business or writing, as I've said before I'm self-taught. I'm a voracious reader and I've applied what I've read.

    Really, the best advice I can give you is this:

    Follow your passion. If you find something you love and figure out how to make money off of it then it doesn't matter HOW much work you actually put into it, because it will never be enough.:smurf:

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    Great advice BorisZ and Writer4life.

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    Re: Legit Work At Home Job?

    Well put indeed!

    "it's hard to see the forest for the trees"

    ...but RESEARCH is key. Study out several options that might suit you. Norrow it down to what you desire to work with. But... with anything, know that it is work. Like the "guru's" before me said, those "get rich quick" are all scams. A true residual income is built over time. But...keep your head up it can be done.

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    Re: Legit Work At Home Job?

    BorisZ's advice is dead on. Well put.

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    Re: Legit Work At Home Job?

    I don't know why people said MLM are bad, that's not true. If you enroll to a legal MLM you will not have any problem.
    Also I don't want to win like people on the top is wining, I only want to win more than I was wining working for other people. Maybe on the future I will be on the top also but this is not the point.

    If you like this type of business only do a good research on the internet and enroll in whatever you want.

    I am very happy with mine:spin2::spin2::spin2::spin2::spin2:

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    Re: Legit Work At Home Job?

    I know how you feel. I've been searching for legitimate online jobs and going to bed every night with a headache. The only one I have found that seems to pay off is SFI. Membership is FREE and they are accredited with the Better Business Bureau. Click the link below.

    NOT
    Last edited by katiescorner; 11-07-2008 at 07:40 PM.

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    Re: Legit Work At Home Job?

    A lot depends on your skills and how much effort you are willing to put in. There many who work on 2-3 jobs from home and earn a full time salary.

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    Re: Legit Work At Home Job?

    I am also new. Has anyone here or does anyone here know anyone who has tried doing the survey's? I am looking for something I can do from home that doesn't require a lot of effort or payments to get started. (have a family and looking for supplemental cash) The information out on the internet regarding work from home scams is quite daunting. I don't know if I can believe even the one's that say they are legitimate. Anyone have personal experience with these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arinama View Post
    I am also new. Has anyone here or does anyone here know anyone who has tried doing the survey's?
    I am a fan of taking surveys online and have been for about 8 years now. There are tons of free legitimate ones out there. The major thing is you are NEVER going to make a full time income taking surveys. At MOST you will make between 300 to 400 dollars a month. A very REALISTIC earning potential is between 100 to 200 dollars a month. NEVER pay any type of membership fee. NEVER pay for a list of survey companies.

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    Re: Legit Work At Home Job?

    [quote=Slinky;611856]I know how you feel. I've been searching for legitimate online jobs and going to bed every night with a headache. The only one I have found that seems to pay off is SFI. Membership is FREE and they are accredited with the Better Business Bureau. Click the link below.

    PLEASE DON'T SUPPORT THE SPAMMERS
    Yeah i heard that too about sfi and i also heard you need to maintain certain amount of points to remain active or something like that. You either have to purchase products for own consumption or sell it to other right? im not so sure...
    Last edited by katiescorner; 11-07-2008 at 07:41 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaneypop View Post
    I am a fan of taking surveys online and have been for about 8 years now. There are tons of free legitimate ones out there. The major thing is you are NEVER going to make a full time income taking surveys. At MOST you will make between 300 to 400 dollars a month. A very REALISTIC earning potential is between 100 to 200 dollars a month. NEVER pay any type of membership fee. NEVER pay for a list of survey companies.

    YAY... absolutely honest and forthright...

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    Re: Legit Work At Home Job?

    There are many legit work at home jobs. You just have to find what is right for you. :

    If you are not the call center type of person, there are many freelance type work available as well. You just have to do research on each company to see if it would a perfect fit for you.

    I'm more of a customer service/sales type of person so I enjoy being on the phones and getting paid for being at home answering calls. I am thinking about starting an after hours answering service. But that will be a while.

    Right now I am also learning about affiliate marketing and you can earn money by joining affiliate program and driving people to their website.

    The opportunities to earn money online are endless.. you just have to be careful who you work for.
    Last edited by katiescorner; 11-14-2008 at 08:23 PM.
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