If you have decided that it might be time for you to look for a job where you can work from home, it is very important that you know just how to find the right job. You should know ways of avoiding illegal work-at-home opportunities so that you don't fall victim to one of the many Internet scams that are out there waiting for their next victim.
The first thing you should do when you are searching for a legitimate work at home opportunity is take a notebook and make notes on your job search. You should make a page for any and all the different companies and websites that might be offering jobs from home. Take good notes and include your thoughts on each of the ones that might interest you.
Make sure to always read the “fine print” from any of the jobs you run across. One of the key things you want to look for is if there is any mention anywhere that there will be some sort of money withheld from your first paycheck or if there is some sort of up front fee they require in order for you to work for them. If there is, this more than likely is a good sign that this is a scam and not legitimate work. Always stay away from these types of offers.
Make sure that you check to see how old the website is by performing a Whols look up for each website. You should check to see how old the registration is for the domain name. Illegal work at home opportunities are usually extremely new websites and will actually disappear within a few weeks or so. So it is advisable to avoid any website or company that appears to be brand new.
If you know other people who work from home it is always a good idea to get their feedback. A lot of people who already work from home already are aware of some of the scams that are out there and their information could be invaluable. It is also a good idea to look for forums that focus on work from home jobs and you can get together with those people who are experienced with this kind of work. Here you can find people who are willing to share with other information on legit jobs and those that are scams.
You also can simply do a basic Internet search by putting in the website name or company name with the word scam and see if any topics come up that include the company or website that you are questioning. If the company is involved in scams there will more than likely be several forums or blogs out there discussing it.
Make sure that you write down in your notebook any possible companies or websites that are considered illegal or scams so that you don't lose track of them and accidentally join one of them.
Once you do have a job, it is very important that you also keep track of all the hours you work, all the payments you receive, etc. Keep track of all of this in your work at home notebook. Monitoring any payments you get carefully and if you start running into payments being late or you are being shorted, you may just have run into a job that might not be on the up and up.