Legitimate Home Businesses Work from home scams have been around for quite some time. You have probably seen the ads, gotten emails or worse, spent hours searching online for a way to work from home and supplement your income. Big, bold headlines promising atrocities such as how you can make thousands stuffing envelopes while watching television. The downside is that most of those home based businesses are a scam. After all, if making thousands of dollars a week stuffing envelopes were really possible, wouldn't everyone be doing it?
Now here is the good news. There are many legitimate home businesses, particularly with the invention of the Internet; you just have to know where to look for them and you have to be realistic about the ones you choose to take interest in. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But there is money to be made by working from home and many make a decent salary by doing so. Note: decent salary. The legit ones probably won't make you millions, but if you are looking for a reasonable sole income or to supplement your income, here are some real legitimate home businesses that don't make empty promises.
If you're a freelancer of any kind there is actually some really profitable work from home opportunities. Writers, computer programmers and webmasters all over the world make a decent income by working from home. Legitimate sites such as Odesk, Elance, Blogger and Fiverr are all media marketing websites with legitimate contractors looking to hire you. How much you get paid varies but the sites are monitored by their creators and you will make money if you have the skill set. In fact, on sites like these a large percentage of people make their sole living by churning out articles and designing websites, so the potential to make a lot of money is there if you are willing to work hard, and some long hours. As a supplemental income it is great. The flexibility to work during your free time for some extra cash is quite appealing.
Sites such as these are generally free to join so you don't have to invest (and lose) money you don't have. Elance does have a minimal fee to join, but since it's legitimate the small fee is well worth it if you truly want a work from home business. Not to mention it is great networking. All of these sites are based on some type of rating system where the people that hire you score you on your performance and on most you also provide feedback about them. The better your feedback, the more jobs you are likely to obtain.
Another booming area for legitimate home businesses are call centers who have home bases but need operators stationed in various locations. If you have customer service skills, one of these jobs just may suit you. Some of the heavy hitters who have hired thousands of at home representatives are: Alpine Access, 1-800-contacts and Advantis. All of these companies are BBB certified and reliable. None of them charge fees to work for them, though Alpine Access will cost you $45.00 for a background check and all three may require you to invest in some equipment if you don't have it such as an extra phone line or fax machine. This is honest work and you are usually listed as an actual employee with benefits. Their calls are routed to your home and you handle them the way their in-house staff would. Advise Tech is another legit business for those who have troubleshooting skills. It costs nothing to join but you may have to purchase troubleshooting equipment if you don't own it.
Medical Claims and Billing
This is a gray area as there are scams in the medical billing arena, however there are a lot of legit jobs as well. Hospitals, daycares, mechanic centers and other like type businesses are over-run with having to bill and collect due funds and many of these businesses hire people from home to settle the accounts or for data entry. The way to avoid scams here is to look for businesses that are BBB certified or simply research local hospitals and businesses in their career opportunities sections.
It may sound like a hoax, getting paid to shop, but there are plenty of companies out there that are tried and true and if you like to shop, dine out or go to movies, becoming a mystery shopper may be the home job for you. Corporate International Research, Best Mark and Market Force are only three of the companies who actually pay you to shop and for the amount of time it takes to complete assignments (and fill out their paperwork) it can be a pretty good gig. All these sites are free to join and it takes a minute or two. Then you are free to carouse their website for available jobs (and descriptions) and sign up for the ones that interest you. Jobs range anywhere from $8-$20 per assignment and take anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours to complete. Many people cite being a mystery shopper as their full time job and if you are strategic enough in scheduling making $40,000 a year doing it is fairly easy.
The pyramid typed businesses like Amway have been around for years and most of them don't bring in the income you hoped for; in fact all your efforts are more likely to make the people at the top of the pyramid filthy rich while you bring in chump change. Having said that, some are legit and new hostess jobs are springing up all the time. The Traveling Vineyard is one such company that started in 2001 and has high ratings for this type of work. If you love wine, you can make really good profits consulting, traveling to wine tastings and hosting parties all while having fun and socializing. Some of the oldies but goodies which still hold legitimacy are Avon and Pampered Chef. If you can contain yourself from spending the profits on the products you are selling, you can actually make a nice nest egg for yourself.
What to Look Out For
Don't pay a start up fee (unless the company is legit and you need to purchase or upgrade equipment. Don't believe the hype. The jobs above will not likely make you $10,000 in your first month. Making money takes hard work and sometimes long hours Look for businesses that have legitimate websites. These sites include .edu, .gov, truste.org or have the Better Business Bureau logo BBB. You can also search Domaintools.com. Legitimate businesses and their credentials can be found here as well as reviews and customer testimonials.