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Work At Home? Yeah, Right!

They’re everywhere. If you spend time surfing around the Internet to visit various web sites, chances are good that you have seen the work-at-home ads. Maybe it is just the sites I tend to visit, but I see them all the time.

Now who doesn’t want to work at home? Granted, there are some people who probably aren’t that crazy about the idea, but for many others, it is a very appealing idea. And when there’s something with that much emotional appeal, you can bet there are plenty of sharks out there circling around anyone willing to click on their ad and visit their web site to check out the fabulous offer.

The sad fact of the matter is that the vast majority of these work-at-home offers are scams. The idea is to bait you in with all kinds of claims about how ‘legitimate’ their offer is and how their offer is not just another one of those work-at-home scams, when in fact is!

There are actually some legitimate work-at-home opportunities out there, but theyare quite rare. The only situations I would consider legitimate are actual job offers you might see from well-known companies. I have known a few people that are fortunate enough to have actual work-at-home jobs, but again, these are ‘real’ jobs for companies whose name you would probably recognize.

How To Spot The Scammers

It’s pretty easy to spot the work-at-home scams and you really only need to look for one thing. If they are trying to sell you something, it is not a legitimate work-at-home opportunity. Let me make it even more clear. If they are asking you to pay them for anything, it is not a legitimate work-at-home opportunity.

The typical work-at-home scam works something like this: You see an ad on the Internet somewhere for a ‘legitimate,’ ‘genuine’ or ‘real’ work-at-home opportunity. These scammers know that many people are wary about these kinds of deals since most of them (and I am tempted to say all of them!) are well-known to be scams.

The ads will often say things like ‘Tired of wasting time on work-at-home scams? We offer real work-at-home opportunities with well-known companies.’ I’m sure there are many variations, but their main goal is to convince you that their particular work-at-home scam isn’t just another one of those work-at-home scams!

Their web site will tell you all about the benefits of working at home and how much freedom it provides and how happy you will be when you are working at home. They also love to inject as much emotion into it by reminding you that working at home will give you more time to spend with your family — particularly your children. They might even include a list of well-known companies ‘ companies whose names you will recognize ‘ that have current work-at-home openings you can apply for.

The Punchline

After they tell you all about how wonderful it will be to work at home and how theirs is the only legitimate work-at-home opportunity out there, they will deliver the punch line. And it always comes in the form of a dollar amount.

They are usually offering some kind of list of work-at-home openings or some kind of indispensable guide on how to land yourself a great work-at-home job. This is what their offer is all about: Getting you to give them some of your money.

What you receive in return is usually worth about as much as the paper that was used to print it on. It may be a list of stale job openings from legitimate companies that were filled months ago or it may be a list of web sites or other resources where you can supposedly find work-at-home job opportunities.

It really is as simple as that. As soon as you see that they are tying to sell you something, you’ll know it is a work-at-home scam. Since when did any company advertising any kind of job opening ask applicants to pay for the information need to apply for the job?

Where Are The Real Work-At-Home Jobs?

Like I said, there are legitimate work-at-home jobs out there. My advice to you if you are seeking one is to check the well-known, large job sites like Monster.com and HotJobs.com and look for openings for home-based or telecommuting positions from legitimate, well-known companies. If they are inviting you to apply, and not asking you for money, chances are good that it is a legitimate work-at-home opportunity.

The New Breed of Work-At-Home Scams

While I mention large, well-known job sites as a good place to seek out legitimate work-at-home opportunities, don’t make the mistake of assuming that every work-at-home ‘opportunity’ there is a legitimate one.

At least one of the large, well-known job sites allow many of these work-at-home scammers to advertise on their site regularly. In fact, their listings appear every single day and sometimes multiple times a day.

These too, are pretty easy to spot. Their ads often stand out among the other listings because they tend to use bold text and contain claims with dollar amounts included. For example, the ad might read something like this:

‘Make $6,450.00 a month working at home using your own home computer”

These work-at-home scams are a new twist on the older scams, and don’t feature the usual list of work-at-home jobs for sale or the fabulous guide to finding a work-at-home job.

They are often offering you a specific service or a number of services to ‘help’ you get your new work-at-home business started. This could be anything from providing ‘training’ to helping you set up your own web site that you can use to make thousands of dollars selling stuff to people.

Their ads will often mention how much money one of their ‘associates’ is making. For example:

‘Our number one associate made $26,432 last month selling purple widgets from his home computer!’

Internet Marketing Is Not “Easy”

That may in fact be true, but what they don’t tell you is that their ‘number one associate’ is a seasoned Internet marketer who already had a web site that was being visited by 50,000 different people every day.

The key to making money with a web site is getting people to visit your site. Not only that, getting the right people to visit your web site! That takes experience and that takes time ‘ usually lot’s of time. I’ve got some experience in that area, so I know what I am talking about.

Oh, they have anticipated all the realities of the business and will be prepared to tell you how their ‘service’ will drive thousands of people to your web site in no time! Think about it a little bit. How many other people have they sold their ‘service’ to? Won’t they be helping drive traffic to their web sites as well? Other people that are trying to sell the exact same product or service you are trying to sell?

No matter what you are trying to sell on the Internet, chances are that there are other people out there trying to sell the same thing. And if you are new to the idea of creating a web site, you are already at a huge disadvantage due to all the experienced people who are already out there selling that very same thing.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to discourage anyone from getting into Internet marketing. You could put in the time and effort to learn it and may end up a millionaire a few years down the road. But that is the key! Realize that it is a job like anything else that must be learned.

You would not go out and expect to become a carpenter or electrician in a month’s time, so don’t expect to create a new web site and start making tons of money that quickly either. It may not sound like it, but there is a lot of hard work involved in building a successful Internet business.

Again, I speak from experience here since I run a few web sites, one of them being a site that sells products to a small and very specific market. Is it successful? Yes. Am I making tons of money from it. No, not yet, but I continue to improve on it and add new products and I hope to build it into something more profitable with time.

My point is that I don’t want people to fall for all the fantastic claims these scammers are making. Despite what they tell you, there is no way they can drive thousands of visitors to your new web site. Especially when they are doing the same thing for thousands of other new victims that have fallen for their scam.

I don’t know why these large, well-known job sites allow these scammers to advertise on their sites. I actually e-mailed one of them to ask them this very question, and all I got back was a form letter that did not answer my question. Not that I was surprised! The obvious answer is that these work-at-home scammers are paying these job sites to list their scams right alongside all the other legitimate job openings.

Bottom Line: Legitimate Employers Don’t Charge You To Apply For A Job!

Keep your eyes open and stay aware. If you have skipped through all of my ramblings to the end of the article, just take this tidbit with you regarding work-at-home opportunities:

If they are asking you to pay them for anything regarding a work-at-home opportunity, it is not a legitimate work-at-home opportunity. End of story.

Comments

Comment from poispEvopay
Posted: October 4, 2007 at 5:52 pm

I’ve got an Amazon gift certificate burning holes in my pocket,
and I want to get the most bang for my buck.

Enter the Secret Amazon Web Pages:

http://tinyurl.com/xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxz

This is where you’re going to find the “latest sales, rebates, and limited-time offers” from
Amazon, and you can score some pretty deep discounts if you’re a savvy shopper.

Next, there’s the special Sale link. This is open every Friday, and ONLY on Fridays.

You can find the same good discounts here as you would in hidden Deals, although some
Fridays you can really get lucky and make off like an Amazon bandit – I’ve seen discounts
there as low as 75% off sticker price.

Comment from Admin
Posted: October 4, 2007 at 6:17 pm

I figured I’d leave that last comment on the site so I could comment on it a little bit.

The only thing “secret” about that particular Amazon link that was posted was that it is an affiliate link. In other words, if someone were to click on that link and actually buy something, the weasel that posted it would get paid a percentage of the sale price from Amazon.

I have, of course, modified the link so that it is now a dead link and will do no good to our friend the weasel. Unfortunately for the weasel, I easily saw through is pathetic attempt to spam my blog and earn a few bucks in the process.

The sad thing is that scum bags like this will probably be successful in a few instances when they find the “right” blog whose owner does not recognize their little scheme.

Better luck next time, weasel!

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