Is Work-from-Home a scam?

Philippines
January 15, 2007 8:18pm CST
For the last 3 months, Ive been trying to look for a job that is home based, sort of a data entry jobs. But to may dismay, all these work-from-home jobs always ask for "joining fees". I dont want to be fooled by fraud organizations. I would like to be a freelancer working at home to support my son. I need your help.
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10 responses
@mforseth (169)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Have you looked into Chacha.com? I have been working there for close to (4) months. It is a virtual office with no phonework. No schedule to adhere to and no minimum or maximim amount of hours needed to work and best of all NO fees to start. Also, if you go to wahm.com you will find a lot of other legit companies that hire for what you are looking for.
• Philippines
16 Jan 07
Wow, can't believe that there are people like you who are willing to give a good start to others.. Thanks. Really appreciate the tip.
• United States
16 Jan 07
www.chacha.com sounds good, but a person has to be sponsored by a Master ChaCha Guide, in order to work as a guide for them. mforseth, are you a Master ChaCha Guide? FYI...A guide assists someone in an Internet search of a specific requested subject. The guide makes from $5 to $10 per search, so the website says. How they determine the exact amount, I am not sure.
@kiwidipa (2854)
• United States
22 Jan 07
also, just to add a little, you have to train on keywords. Anywhere from 10-15 times doing a search. It's very time consuming. However, it does work for some, you have the opportunity to have a card that works like an atm card that you can have your money credited to, or you can have a check sent
@kiwidipa (2854)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Oh my cynd, you have to be even more confused than when you started this discussion. I can tell you, because of what you want to do, most of the Freelance sites you will get come with a price tag. Even when you pay, it is normally just a list of different companies that will offer you work, not actual work itself. I joined one that was $47 to join, but got the list, did a little research and found out that it's like that for most. I did come across a site last year that I write articles for and it's completely free to join. You can try it out if you like. The money will start out small anywhere from $3-$4, but will progress. I make about $8 per article now so it's working if you can do a certain amount per day. Here's the link http://www.associatedcontent.com/join.html?refer=29576 As for some advice, unfortunately trial and error is the best medicine. I mean you don't know me from Adam so whose to say you trust what I say, or someone that slaps you with a link and says this is the best money maker I use. Just do research before you signup for everything. That's the best advice anyone can give. Also, don't limit yourself to just one place. Yes, some charge startup fees, but that doesn't mean it's a scam. It simply means you are starting your own business, and if you were to do that in the real world (start a business) it surely wouldn't be free. Just stay within your budget. I also work for a site that has people that promote businesses, people in search of businesses, people who want to buy things, importers, exporters, even people WHO FUND STARTUP COMPANIES. This is free as well, and I work for the company the link to that is http://bizpreneur.com/signup.php?refer=Kiwidipa Anyways, even if you learned an ounce of what I've shared it's been worth it, and I'm sure I'll chat with you again soon. CHEERS, Michael
• Philippines
22 Jan 07
Thanks for the good advice. I certainly, put all your points next time I search for home based work. I will try to check out the links you've given, and see what happens.. I'll chat with you again soon. Cheers to you too!
• United States
22 Jan 07
I did the work-from-home website & I did pay the money. I checked it out with the Better Business Bureau and basically it was an okay company-- but there were complaints.. so, I emailed the company and they said to join for myself and I could get a refund within the 30 days.. So, I joined & I DID NOT make money-- & I did work my butt off... so-- I emailed and got my money back.. that simple!! Basically I didn't want to pay the money to get my adds out there that I was posting because I didn't know if it would work.. but, I don't think it's a scam if you get your money back. But, I know I will never do that again.
• Philippines
22 Jan 07
See, that's my fear! Good for you to have your money back. We are people, looking for an online job, and these companies, instead of helping us, earn a bit they would even ask money from us! I really dont see the point of asking joining fees. Thanks for your response, anyways. Best of luck for you.
@fordwman (49)
• Germany
21 Jan 07
Hello cyndhirella,I know exactly what you're talking about..I am a military wife with 3 kids living in Germany...no jobs there now...I worked for the federal government and on leave. I've wanted to work for home for 4 reasons: My kids and my husband. I currently work from home after like you, going on the internet for countless hours. I never thought I would find anything because, yes, there are a BUNCH of scams. I know because I was conned out of hundreds a few years ago, and put my family in debt. But I did find one legit business. I'm with The MOM Team (Mothers on a Mission), for almost a month, and I absolutely love what they represent. I would like to ask that you just visit my website and read the information offered. If you still have questions and want more detailed information, please fill out the online form, and I can call you at your convenience. This company is changing my family's life and I get to help others, and I wish I would have done it 5 years ago when I was approached by them. No sales, inventory, MLM schemes, or home parties, or risk. Good luck. http://www.MomsDreamAReality.com
• Philippines
22 Jan 07
Hi fordwoman. I had visited he site and I think it is great! I had read the testimonials and was inspired as to how MomsDreamAreality.com help them and their family financially. In as much as I would like to join, I'm afraid, it has no current business dealings in the Philippines. I opened the page for sign-ups, but the Asian country was only limited to Hongkong and Japan. If only they have covered Philipinnes, I would be very much willing to sign and be a member. Thanks for your time and help. If you still have other legit income generating sites to advice, I would be very grateful for your assistance.
@riyaj_r (75)
• India
21 Jan 07
i too have gone thru many work at home jobs. most of them need money to start, which makes them unsuitable for starting. atlast i have found 1 group which gives work at home jobs n also pay in time. they do payment in 24 hrs. thru egold or paypal. if u want to know abt it pm me.
• Philippines
22 Jan 07
So nice of you.;) Yap. I'm interested. What is this site?
@chiyosan (29390)
• Philippines
17 Jan 07
not all. but most of them are. unless they are recommended from your real friends, i suggest for you not to invest money and just stick with your current paying programs.
• Philippines
17 Jan 07
I keep that in mind. Thanks.
• United States
22 Jan 07
Try visiting www.WorkatHomeCareers.com, They are a legit job search site, I also frequent www.Wahm.com in their telecommuting folder, Lots of job leads get posted there everyday. But as others were saying, You should NEVER have to pay for a JOB!
@wmg2006 (5386)
• United States
17 Jan 07
Yes I hate them. I have joined many free ones but they never pay. I have finally found a few things that do pay, but one is for US members only. You can join duno free and make a few dollars. It is like mylot but a little different. check it out. http://www.duno.com/s/?rid=1731
@alvinia1 (714)
• Romania
16 Jan 07
http://www.payposter.com/index.php?refer=alvinia1 http://www.donkeymails.com/pages/index.php?refid=laviniac http://www.cro-cash.com/pages/index.php?refid=laviniac
@maryannemax (12174)
• Sweden
16 Jan 07
sometimes, i hate it when i get to open sites thinking that i can get an online job for some companies. however, i get upset about them asking for joining fees. i mean, i am applying for a job not a club to have fun onto. so, why ask for joining fees, right? most of them are just scams. i had been here in mylot for months now. and it's great here.