Ask Stacy: Are There Legitimate Work-From-Home Jobs?

When looking for work-from-home jobs, the key is to read articles, not ads.

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Today’s question is one I’ve gotten dozens of times. It’s about whether there’s any way to find legitimate opportunities to work from home.

Of course, lots of people work from home, including me. I’ve been doing it for 27 years. But this question isn’t about being self-employed, it’s about finding a legitimate employer without getting ripped off in the process.

Can it be done? Here’s what I think.

For more information on this topic, check out “Top 25 Companies for Work-From-Home Jobs” and “Find Great Jobs With Companies That Want You to Work From Home.” You can also go to the search at the top of this page, put in the words “work from home” and find plenty of information on just about everything relating to this topic.

Got a question of your own to ask? Scroll down past the transcript.

Don’t want to watch? Here’s what I said in the video

Hello, everyone, and welcome to your money Q&A question of the day. I’m your host, Stacy Johnson, and this question is brought to you by MoneyTalksNews.com, serving up the best in personal finance news and advice since 1991.

Let’s get right to today’s question. It comes from Earl:

“We have a disabled relative who wants to work, but is confined to home. Are there any legitimate work-from-home opportunities?”

I’m sitting in my home office right now. Money Talks News has a big footprint, but no office. All our employees work from home. So, working from home is certainly a possibility, but it’s not easy to find that job. This is a business rife with rip-offs.

When looking for work-from-home opportunities, don’t put “work from home” into an internet search engine. Because if you do, you’re going to get a stream of horribleness. You’ve got to be careful, because a lot of the stuff that’s advertised is just designed to separate you from your money. And that cash likely will end up in the pocket of a crook — one who’s probably working from home.

So how do you find legitimate opportunities? Read articles, not ads. For example, we have an article on our site called “The Top 25 Companies for Work-From-Home Jobs.” Search for that sort of thing. Read an article from a trusted source, but don’t respond to ads.

When you’re approaching a work-from-home company, pay close attention to rule No. 1: Do not pay upfront, because that’s a major sign of a rip-off. If it’s a legitimate business, you’ll find opportunities without paying for the privilege.

A final idea: Use job search engines. Go to any legitimate employment site and do a search for “work from home.” There’s plenty of opportunity out there. Just be careful about how you approach it. And remember that this rule applies to “job” search engines, not regular search engines.

I hope that answers your question, Earl. We’ll close today as we always do, with our quote of the day.

This comes from legendary poet Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Money often costs too much.”

There’s some food for thought. Hope you have a profitable day, and I’ll meet you right here next time!

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I founded Money Talks News in 1991. I’m a CPA, and have also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.

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Stacy Johnson
Stacy Johnson @moneytalksnews
I'm the founder of Money Talks News and have spent the last 40+ years in the personal finance trenches. I'm a CPA, author of a few books and multiple Emmy recipient. I'm ... More

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