Hi, I've found your articles and have spent the last 2 hours reading them. It is some good and logical information, except the w-a-h jobs I think are legit still ask for a credit card at the end of filling the forms out. I have yet to run across one that doesn't ask you to pay them. I believe with you that a legitimate company shouldn't ask for payment.My reply:
Perhaps, I've become too leary; but I am still searching hoping that the right position will turn up for me.
If you can help me with any advise or direction so I can hopefully begin working at home I would be so appreciative.
Thanks for visiting the site LT. A lot depends on the kind of work you're qualified to do - is it something that lends itself to working from home?
You are absolutely right - you don't want to give out credit card information or pay for the privilege of working at home - with one possible exception. Some telecommuting job sites - for example, Guru.com and eLance.com - offer more features and more positions if you register with them and pay a membership fee. That's how they make their money. Although sometimes you can get a free basic membership, you'll find that the information you can access and the projects you are allowed to bid on are severely restricted unless you opt-in for a paid membership. Some of the virtual assistant websites and other job registration sites also work that way. So while you might consider paying a registration fee for a site that offers job postings in the area you're interested in, you never want to pay an "employer" directly for a job - those are just scams.
Three of the best sources for searching legitimate work from home jobs in my experience are www.wahm.com, www.craigslist.org and www.tjobs.com. While you'll never have to pay wahm.com or Craig's List to search for work from home jobs, Tjobs does charge a nominal fee for access to its job postings - at least for the ability to apply to one of the jobs. This is a very small annual fee - $15 - to purchase an annual password to access individual job postings.
Many of the jobs on wahm.com have been picked up from what the editor believes are legitimate job postings on Craig's List. But the jobs posted there are just a small subset of the work from home jobs posted around the country and around the world on Craig's List, so it often pays to search Craig's List on your own. Just go to www.craigslist.org, select a city, state or country from the right hand side of the page. Then click on any jobs area under Jobs and/or Gigs. Once that page loads check the telecommute box and then select either All Jobs or All Gigs from the in list and then click Search.
I find it's best to leave all the other boxes blank. (In other words, don't just select one category or type in specific keywords - select All Jobs and leave the search text box empty.) I've found that different employers use different terminology and see positions as being in different categories than I was thinking. For example, a writing position could be listed under Business, Marketing, Web, Internet, Software, etc. By leaving everything but the telecommute check box blank you'll get the best collection of listings.
There are two downsides to Craig's List. First, you can't conduct a single search that looks at all states and metro areas at once. If you're looking for a 100% telecommute arrangement, you don't need to restrict yourself to your local area when conducting a Craig's List search for a telecommuting position. For 100% telecommuting, you'll probably have better luck searching the biggest job areas - New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, etc. regardless of where you live now. This can get time consuming, so I recommend you pick several areas one day and then several more the next, and so on. You could even set up a schedule to list the areas you'll check each day or each week.
The second downside is that although Craig's List provides visitors with the ability to report scams, scam operators can and will post here as well, so you still need to remain vigilant for phony and sometimes even illegal job offers. But I think nowadays you have to do that no matter where you look for work from home jobs or which website you visit.
Keep visiting my site and continue to use the links I provide on the site for additional work from home jobs search tools as well. Again, since anyone can post and get away with it for at least awhile, you need to remain vigilant for con artists. Unfortunately, they are everywhere.
Do your best to keep a positive attitude and don't give up. When you finally find a legitimate work from home opportunity you'll want to project a positive, can-do attitude to improve your chances of nailing it down.
Thanks for your inquiry, LT. I like to know what my visitors are going through and learn how I can be of assistance to them.
How you can help:
I encourage my readers to contribute their iwork from home job search ideas by posting a comment to this post (click the Comments link under this post) or join the work from home job search discussion in the forum.