The current economy has led us to a time where extra income is a necessity to make ends meet. But we run into the problem where we do not have enough time to involve ourselves in another outside part time job (i.e. decrease in family time) or even have to means to get to that job (i.e. gas, transportation, etc…). So many of us have turned to working at home as an alternative to making some extra money, but we have to ask ourselves if working at home is even worth the effort. Well if you ask me there are a few legitimate ways to make money online, but of course they are not going to make you rich.
Scams, Scams, and more Scams. We see this all time on the internet; watch out for this company because they don’t pay you anything and watch out for that company because they are a fraud and don’t even exist. So how can you know if a company is a fraud or not? I have done some research online and found that you, yourself really needs to research out prospective companies before applying to them. Some research tactics you can use are to check the better business bureau (BBB) for reports on the company, check to see if the company actually has a website with valid contact information, make sure the company wants you to fill out a W-9 form (tax form) upon hiring you, and read reviews on the company which you can find on blogs, personal web pages, and social media sites. Then when you have done the research, judge for yourself as to whether or not the company is even worth your time.
I have only been a part of the working online experience for about a year now and have run into a lot of dead ends. But there are a few ways, to making money online, that I have tried and actually made money from.
I have found the text messaging sites to be a fun and easy way to make money. There are three different ones that I have tried and have made money from each one. The first one is Cha-cha. This site employs you as a guide and then you make a certain percentage of commission for each question you answer. They will have you take a test that consists of ten questions to rate how effectively you would work as a guide for their company. If you don’t pass, then you are not allowed to retake it or work for the company. Another one that I have tried is the KGJB site. This site has you take a simple test and you are allowed to retake this five part test as many times as you like. You must pass it to be even considered and when you are considered you might have to wait up to six months (I waited two months) before you can take any required training and actually start working for the site. The last site I want to mention is the Weegy site. This site does not require you to take a test or receive additional training. You are able to sign up and start right away and the pay varies due to how much participation you are willing to put into the site. Each one of these sites is legitimate and will pay you when you reach their required limits.
I have also worked for some other companies that almost are a waste of your time because it takes forever to reach their required limits to get paid. And I have worked for other companies that it seems like it takes forever for them to actually allow you to start working for them or their hiring process is so stringent that it is not even worth your time to proceed.
The companies like Inbox dollars and Hits4pay are dead ends, in my opinion. They give a bonus for signing up, usually five to ten dollars to start with, but it takes so long before you reach their payout limits. I have worked for Inbox dollars for two months now and I have only acquired a little over ten dollars and five dollars of that was my sign on bonus. Sure you can make more money from these sites but you generally have to pay for something to get something back. Call me crazy, but you should not have to pay anything to get paid from a job.
I have also worked for companies as a search engine evaluator, which the pay is not too shabby but their hiring process is very stringent. Now stringent can be a good thing or a bad thing. I mean these companies really need an effective way to hire on the right people, because they are virtual, but when is stringent too much. Search engine evaluator companies, like Leap force and Lions gate, have you submit your resume and then about two weeks they will contact you to set up your tax information and sign a few independent contractor forms. Then they will set up a testing date for you to take their two part test, which is not an easy test so make sure you are prepared. Now you only get one chance to pass the test and if you fail you cannot take it over again. Their passing rate, for both companies, is low so do not feel bad if you don’t pass the test. The whole process to work for these companies takes about a month, so you need to judge for yourself if this stringent process is even worth your time and there is no guarantee you will be hired.
Overall, I have found that working from home can be a tiring process because you seem like you hit so many dead ends, but my advice is to keep trying and don’t get discouraged. There are so many opportunities that have been proven to be legit, but you will have to judge for yourself if it’s worth your time to pursue those opportunities. I have found that my best work at home opportunities have been from freelance writing/blogging jobs and working as a virtual assistant. In addition, I would recommend staying away from opportunities that want you to pay a small investment, but then they almost always turn into a large investment. And in my opinion, you should not have to pay to work for anyone; they should be paying you for your hard work.