Just about anywhere you turn for economic news, you get nothing but doom and gloom. Unemployment claims are up as the US economy has shed something like a gazillion jobs over the last year (give or take a million). Gas prices are creeping up again, while food prices never really came down. Economic news from other countries is bleak, too, with bank bailouts and tanking stocks dominating the headlines from Albania to Zimbabwe.
As a result, more and more people are turning to the Internet for ways to supplement their incomes. Some are looking for jobs, some are looking for get-rich-quick schemes, and some are just looking for information about online opportunities because they’ve heard about people who are making money online.
This combination of factors makes for a perfect storm in our little corner of cyberspace, the make-money-online-and-work-from-home-cum-scambusting niche. We fondly think of it as the Everything to Everyone niche, and it’s no small task being everything to everyone one, let me tell you right now. We piss off plety of people, which means we’re miserable failures of being everything to everyone. But being Something to Someone just doesn’t have the same ring to it, you know?
But what was I talking about? Oh, yeah, the perfect storm. More people searching for ways to make money online means more traffic to sites like ours, but also more scams. Just like slime expands if left under a rock with no sunshine, scams multiply when scammers see a growing audience of potential victims. It’s sad but true that a larger audience of potential victims means that more people actually fork over their hard-earned money to a liar or a thief.
That’s why we want your stories. We need your help to smell out the good opportunities and call out the bad. If you have been hurt by a job loss or income downturn and you’ve turned to the Internet for answers and potential money, we want to hear from you. We want to know things like the following:
- How did you lose your job?
- Why did you go searching online for help with money?
- What have the results been, good and bad?
- What kinds of help/answers are you looking for?
- Anything else you think is important to your story
We know that a community of people acting toward a common purpose can accomplish amazing things. So if we get enough stories, we know that we can figure out what people are looking for, sniff out what’s working, and keep hollering about things to stay away from. We’ll all get through this together, but you have to speak up. Please?
What’s In It For Me, Joe?
Ok, fair question. We’ll give away five Telecommuting Guides to the people who submit the most enlightening/informative/helpful stories between now and the end of the week. Use the “email us” link at the top of the page. What does it take to win? Answer the questions in the bullets above truthfully and fully. It’s that simple. And to sweeten the deal, we’ll kick in a $20 cash payment to the story we like the best. (You must have a PayPal account to get it.)
Ready? Set. Go!