Let’s face it: the internet is rife with scams and con artists. It’s like the old days of the Wild West, lawless, anything goes, and if you do get ripped off, good luck getting your money back. And yet internet fortunes continue to be made and a multitude of legitimate work at home job opportunities are out there.

So how do you sort through the trash talk, fraudulent sales pitches, and get rich quick schemes? Some of those deceptive websites are pretty convincing aren’t they with their promises of easy, hard to resist money, especially when they are loaded with testimonials from supposedly satisfied customers and have dazzling graphics of all the fine things you are going to be able to buy with the bundles of cash you are going to make without lifting a finger. We all want to believe the promises because we all want a better life, both for ourselves and our loved ones. We want economic security for our families, we want a fair return on our efforts, and we want to stop working ourselves to death and having nothing to show for it.

The single most important thing you have to do to find a legitimate work at home job is “homework.” Yes, it can be tedious, boring and frustrating (remember some of those high school assignments?), but in the long run it will pay off, and it will not only save you money from being scammed, but make you money. And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Money in the bank after paying your bills, enough money to truly enjoy life and to buy some of those things you’ve only been able to dreamed about.

Doing your homework isn’t really all that hard or complicated. It simply involves asking a few critical questions to determine the program is a legitimate work at home job, some such questions may be . . .

* Does the golden opportunity being pitched pass the “Sniff Test”? Is there something fishy about it that you really can’t define? If you answer yes to this question, don’t dismiss it, but do more research. Check it out on search engines, look for reviews and complaints about it online.
* Who will vouch for the program? Seek out previous clients (forums are great places) and ask them the tough questions: Are they satisfied with the results? Did it live up to its promises? Do they have any regrets? Was there anything they didn’t like about the program?
* Has the program had any consumer complaints filed against it in any states? If so, check them out. Do they sound reasonable? If you can, contact the individuals making the complaints and get their full stories.
There are plenty different start up costs, some are too cheap, and some are way too expensive? Are you comfortable with it? Is it an amount you can afford to lose if it doesn’t pan out?
* How long does it take to get into a reasonable profit?
* How long has the company been operating? A company that has been established for a few years may be stable enough to research further.
* Have there ever been any issues with paying it’s members? A regular occurence.
Look for good organization. A well thought out curriculum that helps you work towards your goals i.e. Daily or weekly plans of action, study material, tutorials, tools, videos a responsive forum, actively interacyion with owners, Founders.
* Research the owners, Founders. This is important, especially with scam sites, owners of these type sites tend to move around a lot putting up new sites under ficticious names as they operate and shutting down older sites as countless issues start mounting.
It’s generally easier to associate yourself with something that you know a little about, you’ll relate better and not be so much in the dark about it’s operation? Hey, would your grandmother approve? (This is the “Grandmother” Test.)

If you’re satsified with the answers to these questions and observations then, go for it! There’s a good chance that this is a legitimate work at home job!

Donald Whitehead