Monday, December 14, 2009

How to Avoid Illegitimate Freelancing Jobs Online by R. Bouch

With the internet becoming the addictive need of the hour, 'work from home' opportunities are fast emerging. One such 'work from home' job is freelance writing. Writing in the form of blogs, content writing, and ad writing are fast becoming popular. If legit, they can be a great way to earn extra income right from the comfort of one's home.

Not all the freelance job offer sites are fake. There are genuine websites too, but because most turn out to be fake even the legitimate ones get bypassed. Some common forms of freelance jobs online are ad typing, multi-level marketing, freelance writing, affiliate marketing and many more offering a lot of money with little details.

However, it is on the person seeking online jobs to do the required research before committing to any freelance work. The specifications and requirements of the job must be thoroughly looked at. Here are some tips to follow to avoid falling for any scams.

The source of the job listing must be established. Spammers are known to list themselves on Craig list and Yahoo! Mailing among other genuine jobs sites. The credibility of the company must be established through social networking sites and forums. Legitimacy of these sites can be determined by checking out the information available within related community sites through user opinion.

Scrutinize the pay scale. It is always prudent to be realistic. Do not fall for the trap of the almighty dollar. If it is too good to be true, it usually is. Most genuine sites pay for a completed projected or have hourly and per-word payment systems. If there are ambitious claims of making thousands of dollars day, then they are probably exaggerating and should be avoided. Also be sure to check the software requirements, the payment mode and how often is payment going to be made.

Payment criteria. It is always recommended to inquire about payment methods of the company. Are the payments made by check, via PayPal or by other modes? It is always good to ask questions and no genuine company would avoid answering such queries.

No initial payment. Most scam companies ask for a payment in the name of training charges, cost of materials or simply as joining fees. Any job aspirant knows that it is always the employer who pays and not vice-versa. So if such payment is asked then it is surely a scam.

Get quick rich schemes are unrealistic and one must not fall into the trap. A legitimate employer would always look for some educational qualifications or experience for the job offered. Even if no formal education is required, there are certain guidelines that need to be understood. There are no such ways that would make a person super rich by working part time. So if the claims sound unreal, rest assured that it is.

By following these simple tips you can help avoid freelance job scams. Always select legitimate freelance opportunities by doing the required research before committing or sending any money.

The best way to find freelance job resources is to read impartial reviews and find out what the customers are saying, how user are rating freelance jobs, and which are the top rated best work from home opportunities.