Are There Any Legitimate Work From Home Opportunities?

Two great work from home sites

There ARE two great sites you should check out if you’re interested in working from your home. I’m not affiliated with either so please do your own due diligence. They are:

1. has a two fold mission:

  • Provide companies direct access to professionals who have opted out of the traditional workplace.
  • Enable professionals to work in their respective fields, while still meeting family needs and responsibilities.

2. claims their “core business is producing the nation’s only high caliber career expos, enabling America’s top employers to meet one-on-one with a coveted pool of talented women in all disciplines.” (Sorry Guys)

What are the most common work-from-home jobs?

The top legitimate positions include:

  • Direct sales of products or services
  • Work from home travel agent (I used one just last summer!)
  • Virtual customer service (a work from home call center)
  • Work from home virtual assistant
  • Work from home medical transcriptionist
  • Home companion
  • Virtual technical assistance

In addition to these, be sure and check out 26 Ways To Make Extra Money While Keeping Your Day Job. Many of those do require leaving the house but there are quite a few that don’t.

How much should I expect to make in a work-from-home job?

That’s hard to say because just like in traditional positions, it varies and sometimes it can vary a lot. If you’re just answering customer service calls and routing them to the appropriate departments, don’t expect more than minimum wage. But if you’re a nurse who answers a hospital’s “Dial-A-Nurse” line after hours, you can expect to make considerably more. Many attorneys work from home and make quite a lot.

The bottom line is the amount you can make will depend on your position, skill, expertise, experience, and the hours you put in.

What if I think I’m a victim of a work from home scam?

Don’t panic. Calmly call your contact at the company and ask for a refund. If you’re refused, inform them that you plan to take your complaint to the appropriate legal authorities or law enforcement officials. Hopefully you’ve kept good records of your transactions and notes on your conversations since those will now become “evidence.” When you’re ready to make your case, contact:

  • Your local Better Business Bureau
  • Your local or state consumer affairs agency
  • Your state attorney general’s office and the attorney general’s office in the state where the company is located
  • The Postal Service if anything was handled by mail
  • Your own lawyer or attorney

Don’t let the bad apples in the work from home industry scare you away

There are many honest and legitimate opportunities out there for people who need or want to work from home, but you have to find them … or sometimes create your own.