You see the headlines to make $100/hr with just the click of your mouse on your computer. How about making $10,000 in one week? How about being able to become rich in only a few months??
Two words for you....
Put it this way, there is no such thing as a get-rich quick job. There just isn't. But because we live in a world where we want things now, people tend to fall for these scams. I have once and have read into some others a bit more. I don't claim to be an expert, but from experience we should all be able to help one another out. We don't need a Master's degree to be able to give advice... I guess it depends on the advice.... But in this case, it is common sense.
If you have to pay money before you start, chances are it is a scam.
I fell for this one. It was only $10.00, pay through pay-pal. Apparently I was supposed to get some training material to work from home. The training material I got was how to write ads to scam other people into paying you $10.00. And I couldn't do that! Yet there are people out there willing to simply do this over and over again, for no real reason except to scam you out of $10. And there are people who will fall for it, I did. I felt so bad that this was the way to make money that I didn't even bother trying to trap someone else who, like me, was just trying to find some way to make more money, be it to stay home or what not.
$10.00 doesn't seem much, but get into the more bigger scams, the ones that ask you for $100 to even $500 for a business package! And yes, it is unfortunate, but people have fallen for this. Legitmate Employers do not ask for money!
If you have to recruit people to earn an income, chances are it is a scam.
This is where you hear about MLM aka Multi-level Marketing. These are also known as pyramid schemes. If the only way to make money is to recruit other people into this "business", then you are scamming others into the scam.
What is unfortunate is companies like Avon, Tupperware, Mary Kay, and Pamper chief, fit into this category. The reason is you recruit other people, but these are not the super bad ones of MLM. At least with Avon and Mary Kay, you sell a product to those interested, it is not simply recruiting other people. So unless you are a really good people's person and good at sales, these do not work for everyone.
I have thought about Discovery Toys. There is a recruit process, but by no means do you make money off of the recruits who have to submit a payment amount to start up.
If it sounds too good to be true, well you know the rest. Stay away. Listen to the doubts you have. If upon reading you think it is a scam right off the bat, your intuition is most likely right.
Work at Home Scams to Stay Away From:
(summarized from About.com)
Assembly Jobs -- those are the ones that ask you to assemble crafts and such.
Data Entry Jobs -- This is similar to the one I fell for, in essence, there is no real position.
Multi-Level Marketing -- This is not a job that has a paycheck, its starting a business with no guarantees, and chances are there are lots of other people doing the same thing you are doing.
Online Businesses -- Start your own online business and get rich? There are many websites out there that advertise this. You basically get duplicate information on how to have a business at home that you can get from a government's website for free.
Posting Ads -- Again, similar to the one I feel for. You are posting up ads to scam others into doing the same.
Processing Claims -- You usually need to buy equipment, software, and pay for your own training. Money out, but no money in.
Stuffing Envelopes -- All major companies have their own machines that do this. This is a scam. You can't make $3-$5 stuffing envelopes. My own company has a machine that does this.
So is there anything safe out there? There is, but it is really hard to come by. I'd say a good 90% of the things on the internet are scams. Even those websites that state "Legitimate jobs here", but you have to pay an amount to see this list of jobs. That is a scam too.
So what can be done from home? I will discuss what options you can do from home, that although you won't get rich quick, it can provide an income for you.