Steve and I get two types of messages behind the scenes. One type says, “What do you know about program x? Do you think it’s a scam?” The other type says something like this: “Are they really all scams?? I’ve been searching for months for genuine work at home opportunities and all I’m finding is crap. Can you point me to something real?”
Those two categories pretty well cover it. No one has ever written to tell me how sexy I am. Not even one time! Is it because I just turned 40? Is it the hat? I just keep telling myself it’s because we’re a work-at-home blog and my personal assets are irrelevant. It makes me feel better.
The second kind of message always strikes a chord with me. I know all about the endless pressure of needing more money and the emotional roller coaster of hope and disappointment that Internet searches can bring, especially in the work-at-home arena. There are far too many people just waiting to take advantage of your need by selling you the latest “membership” so you can start creating affiliate ads that will never make you a dime.
The Bad News
The bad news is that yes, the view really is that bleak from where you’re sitting. 99.92734% of the “work from home” businesses or opportunities you’ll find through standard search methods are either outright ripoffs or can’t possibly deliver what they promise. You could spend your time chasing the .07266% that might be real, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
The Good News
The good news is that there’s a fairly simple solution: you’re looking for love in all the wrong places. There are real telecommuting jobs available, with more being added all the time. But you’re not going to find them by doing what you’ve been doing. That’s where we come in. Our e-book will be available next week. It will show you where and how to look for the real jobs, how to spot a junk job listing from a mile away, and how to land the job once you’ve found it. What would you do with a couple hundred bucks extra per month?
The Really Good News
Telecommuting is a growing trend and the long term prospects are excellent.
Almost 4.2 million people worked at home in 2000, up from 3.4 million in 1990, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That 23 percent increase was double the growth in the overall work force during the decade. According to the International Telework Association and Council, the number of Americans who spent at least some portion of the week teleworking jumped from 19.7 million in 1999 to 28 million in 2001, up 42 percent in two years.
42 percent in two years?? Nothing has a growth rate like that except iPod sales and the number of pissed off Comcast customers. This means that more industries and more employers are turning to telecommuting, and they’ll need people who can do it. Is your current job something that can be done from home? Ask your employer about telecommuting. I work from home at least 2 days per week because I spoke up and asked about it.
Look at This Resource
Until our e-book is ready, take a look at FlexJobs. Job services like this are going to grow like weeds as the telecommuting trend continues to skyrocket. FlexJobs claims, “FlexJobs™ is the leading site to find flexible and “work from home” job opportunities. We offer legitimate jobs — no scams! Plus, it’s FREE for job-seekers.” FlexJobs seeks to match employers looking for telecommuters with employees able to work from home. Give it a shot and let us know what you find.
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