It never surprises me that people try to scam people out of money. It happens on a daily basis, whether it is through a phishing scam or charging a fee for signing up to a website. What does surprise me is how people will pay fees on websites because they want to work from home. Genuine working from home opportunities do not require an upfront payment, whether they are for surveys, data entry or writing gigs. The question is how do you actually find legitimate work from home opportunities?

Know What Not to Search For

Stop searching for “work from home jobs” or “working from home opportunities”, anything that labels you as looking for jobs that you can do at your own home. Scammers use these terms all the time to get people to check out their website and think that they are legitimate. Even trying to add the word “legitimate” or “genuine” at the start of your search will bring up questionable results. Think like the scammer – what would you include to get people to pay you money? Now avoid them.

Instead, start searching for the terms that fewer scammers use. This include "virtual jobs" and "telecommuting".

Think About the Type of Work You Want to Do

With so many work from home jobs available, you need to start thinking about the role you want to do. Do you want to become a virtual assistant? Maybe you would like to be a data entry clerk or writer. Once you know the type of work you want to do, you can start narrowing your search considerably.


Take a look at various forums within that area that you want to work; there are free ones to join on the net. You could also consider groups on LinkedIn that will help. These opportunities give you the chance to talk to others within that industry; and many have likely been working within the industry for years and want to give back to help others.


Check Legitimate Jobs Sites

The most common people looking for work from home opportunities are stay at home parents so take a look at sites for that. These usually have a section for jobs for parents, whether they are part-time or flexible hours in the office or work from home possibilities. Look through the job boards to see if there is anything that jumps out.


However, be aware that people will still post fake jobs to get your money. Check out the requirements before signing up to any site and make sure you do not need to pay money. They may want samples of your work or to do a trial to make sure you can do the job but genuine ones will pay for this; just like a trial period in a workplace.

Get a Website Up for Yourself

One of the best ways to find legitimate work is to have clients come to you. Get some samples up online and create a website to show off your talents, depending on the area that you want to work in. A website is a great way for writers, photographers, web designers/developers and other similar contractors to showcase their talents and bring in clients.


You will need to learn about marketing and how to create a great website so give it some time. The good news is that when done right it will pay off for you and you won’t have to worry about falling for scams or paying for leads that you could get elsewhere for free.


It may seem like a daunting task to find legitimate work from home opportunities. There are so many websites that have both good and bad ones, it takes time to go through them. Cut your time down and think like the scammers; find the ways that they gain people and avoid those search terms. You will soon find yourself on track for working from the comfort of your own home and earning a viable amount each year.