Because there are so many work at home scams out there people have become very wary of all work from home opportunities, as they should be. There is a lot of crap out there! So good folks like you don't know who to believe or trust.
Most websites tend to recommend that “The Better Business Bureau” is a the only place to use for your research.
I'm here to tell you this is very bad and limited advice. Hear me out before you make any assumptions because you may change your mind as I was forced to after learning the truth. Many people are under the misguided assumption that if a company isn't listed with the BBB it must mean they're a scam! That's a bunch of bull.
The BBB isn't A Government Agency!
The Better Business Bureau is a for profit company that is in the business of making money first! They don't work for the government or just for the good of consumers. Do you know how they make their money? It's by charging small and large businesses hundreds if not thousands of dollars just to become a member. Strangely enough the price will vary depending on the size of your business or who you happen to speak that day. Isn't that convenient ?
1. There have been many reports where businesses have been victims of intentional slander by their competition or jaded customers. So many legitimate companies will call the BBB to combat this and complain. You would naturally assume the BBB would be willing to help. After all, they're about the truth and helping people avoid scams, right? But instead some have reported that the BBB won't assist the business in clearing their name unless the business is willing to pay the ridiculous hundreds if not thousands of dollars membership fee. Doesn't that sound a bit like extortion to you? Why would a company need to pay for the truth? My #1 Legitimate & Free Recommendation went through this! Fortunately I knew better and didn't make any assumptions.
2. People have also argued that there are many companies that are members of the BBB that are actually very shady organizations or flat out scams. But because the companies are willing to “pay to play”, aka the membership fee, they get a passing grade from the BBB. Does this sound like an agency that is really about helping consumers or is it more about making money?
3. Look, we all know in the work at home world there are more shady people than there are honest. But contrary to popular belief, having a few complaints in a BBB report doesn't equate to a guilty verdict. Any company that has been around for a long time will have some complaints. Do a BBB search on some major companies such as PEPSI, DELL, Microsoft, etc and I guarantee you'll find dirt on all of them. Sometimes people whine for the sake of whining. If you just gauge a company's legitimacy on a BBB report you're not getting the complete story, especially when you consider the other things I mentioned above.
So if I were you I would take the BBB ratings with a huge grain of salt!
Cross Reference Your Sources
In my humble opinion its a better idea to search outside the BBB as well to get a full picture. Personally when it comes to research, I don't look to ONE source for my information. It's like putting all your eggs in one basket and we all know how that can work out. So with that in mind, I like reading what others have said about a company by doing a simple Google search with the name of the company + the keyword scam.
For example: WorkAtHomeNoScams.com + Scams.
You can watch this video on how to do this effectively. This is very effective because I can read what various other people and websites are saying. I then compare that feedback with what I find at the BBB if there is a report available. Basically I'm looking for a pattern of positive or negative reports on a company for a given period of time. If most people are raving about a company on various websites than I'm more inclined to believe a BBB report that gives them a high grade as well. But if most people and websites are posting negative feedback but the BBB rating is positive. Then I'm sorry, majority rules for me over the BBB.
So my final thoughts are that the BBB is an OK resource for a small portion of your research. But I would keep the points I made in this article in mind. The BBB should only be a STARTING point and NOT the be and end all of determining whether a company or website is legitimate.
If you gather data from various resources, you'll have a far more educated and accurate view of a company.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) Listed Work At Home Opportunities
Now that we got all that out the way. I've compiled a list of some recommended work at home companies that have either a good standing or very few overall complaints within the BBB. That is if you insist on using them as your only proof of legitimacy. (Stubborn, aren't we? LOL).
Okay here is the rest of my BBB approved list of work at home companies.[sociallocker]
- Wealthy Affiliate (My Top Free Work At Home Recommendation)
- InstaGc.com (Via parent company: Day Online Solutions, LLC )
Update: Initially the companies listed above is all I could find. But I have managed to muster up some more.
- RealWaysToEarnMoneyOnline.com – (Provides great job leads many of which are with BBB accredited companies.)
- Hits4Pay.com (BBB Rating Via Parent Company: Multiple Stream)
What Do You Think About The BBB?
What are your thoughts about all this? Do you swear by the BBB reports? Or do you have other resources that you use?
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I apologize. I mistakenly cited Wealthy Affiliate as being a scam. I didn’t realize I typed their name. Wealthy Affiliate is not the company I was referring to. You know how you are typing something and a song comes on the radio or someone starts talking to you and you accidentally type out words from the song or conversation without realizing it? Yeah that just happened. Wealthy Affiliate is not a work from home company, it’s basically just a training module or educational program. Whatever you want to call it. The pyramid scheme I meant to cite was “Kevin Thompson’s Automatic Income System” aka “Maximum Response Marketing” I still have all of their “training materials” which consists of a cheap binder full of photocopied articles and book pages. I apologize for the mistake. I am actually a member of Wealthy Affiliate so I’m not sure why I didn’t catch the mistake until it was already posted
I was very confused with your initial comment because it definitely didn’t reflect the WA I’ve known for over a decade. So I’m glad you caught that. I haven’t approved that comment because I knew it was inaccurate. So it’s all good.
I would like to know if Daily Web Biz System is legitimate? And if anyone know what work from home jobs are legitimate. I am looking for work from home jobs for extra income?
My blog covers tons of legitimate opportunities. If you don’t limit yourself to jobs you have a lot more options. But here
are some pages you should review:
And to answer your other question about Daily Web Biz System, no its link posting scam which I’ve discussed in great detail on these pages:
excel cash flow and paydays at home.
I want to know if MyFlex Job is legitimate that works with Sandy Sauve & Jennifer Thrower.
I haven’t heard anything good about them. I have of heard good things about FlexJobs though. You could also check out work at home jobs here.
Are there any legitimate work-at-home assembly jobs? Thanks.
Nope. But give Etsy a look for a way to make money selling any type of craft or anything you assemble your self.
What if this work at home company only wants you to buy there system materials to get started with the program. Is it to risky?
In my experiences craft companies that want you to buy their materials and then they’ll pay you if you successful create the craft or product usually end up bad. Because they’ll always find something wrong with the product even if you followed the directions. Then you’ll need to buy more material to improve on what you allegedly messed up.
So crafting type of companies should be avoided in my mind. It’s fine to invest in a legitimate business opportunity, training or courses that will educate you on ways to increase your income or improve yourself so you make more income. But I wouldn’t invest in any craft opportunities. I hope this helps.
I’ve actually seen this before and I’m very interested but can you explain how the taxes would work (sales taxes & etc).
99.9% of work at home opportunities work as follows. You’re usually considered an independent contractor not an employee. When you reach about a certain amount ($600 I believe) for a given company, you may be required to fill out a w-9 tax form. Sometimes you’re required to fill it out before you start. At the end of the year you’ll receive a 1099 that is filed with the Feds and a copy is sent to you. You then take that to your accountant. They will ask you what expenses or deductions you have such as internet fees, computer, etc, etc. That will be subtracted from what you earned. If there is anything left, you’ll be taxed on that when you send in your return. When you start making some larger sums of money, I would suggest getting incorporated. It definitely helps your tax burden.
So that’s pretty much how the taxes work. Keep in mind some companies aren’t based in the U.S. so they may not require this. But as a rule of thumb, you’re suppose to report the income regardless. Please keep in mind I’m not a tax advisor or professional. You should always seek the advice of a professional tax advisor for questions regarding taxes as the information I provided here may not be accurate.
I hope this helps.
I was scammed decades ago by a business that proudly had the BBB plaque displayed on its wall!
So, I knew the truth about the BBB way back then when I got taken for my money by one of their “approved” businesses.
The BBB exist to make money – period.
Whatever I see on the BBB, I take it with a grain of salt.
When you’re researching businesses or home based jobs, you should NOT solely rely on the info on the BBB. First use common sense and second do a full research of the company and really look at people’s complaints – are they valid? Are they specific as to what the problem/issue was?
That’s where I suggest people start.
Another great post Eddy! Too many people think the BBB is the Holy Grail – and nothing could be further from the truth!
No argument here Corrisa! But in our industry there are folks that keep pumping this nonsense of the BBB being the be and end all of research. But your experience validates my argument against it. So thanks for chiming in!
I have been with a job now for 2 years and they have recently started cutting hours like crazy.i have some health issues that is making this hard as well.im trying to find a legit work from home job so that I can still help my husband pay the bills.do you have any ideas as to what companys are real and not scams
Uh, I just mentioned quite a few right in this article.
Did you actually read it?
I’ve been looking for work for about three weeks now. Currently unemployed, and it sounds nice to be able to find a way to make money thru a wah service. But here’s my thing I don’t believe in spending money for a needed job. If i was out in the real world they wouldn’t ask me for money before hiring me. Granted, some places may ask for a uniform reimbursement or a non-refundable fee for certain supplies, however its nothing too expensive. So i guess my question is, Is there really a wah business without membership fees??
Hey Carolyn, Sorry to hear you’ve lost your job. Unfortunately that story is too common. Here’s the thing if you’re looking for a job, you shouldn’t have to pay to work for the company. But one way or another you are paying. If you used your internet connection to find the job, you paid for the job. If you drove to a job interview, you paid for gas to get there. Therefore you paid for the job. There are many ways you are already doing that. That said, no I shouldn’t have to pay an employer to work for them. My work pays them.
But if you’re looking for a business where you’re the boss you’re sorely mistaken if you don’t expect to invest in the business and yourself. Can you start a McDonald’s without money? How do you pay for the store, rent, supplies, employees, etc?
You can’t approach a business with an employee mentality. If it didn’t require money to start a business than everyone can have a McDonald’s making them billions of dollars every year. But they don’t because it takes money to make big business money.
So if you have no interest in being a business owner than stick to hunting for a job where you don’t have to directly outlay money. But if you want to start a business and be successful at it, you’re going to need to invest money in some shape or form eventually. One of the reason why I like recommending WA is because they do offer a free starter membership for folks like you who may not really understand what it takes to run a business. It gives you an opportunity to see what it’s about, provides you with some training and some support. Then you can determine if a business is really right for you or not. Because a lot of people think a business isn’t right for them because it requires an investment. I had the same misguided notion and it took me a while to get over it.
Fortunately I did and eventually I started my own business that lead to a salary and lifestyle that no job would have given me. But to each their own.
Hope this all makes sense. Either way, I wish you the best in your job search. It really does suck being unemployed. So here’s to you getting something soon.
Eddy with a Y. LOL
Thanks Eddy, that makes sense. guess i really didnt know what wah was all about, nor what all i was really looking for. But i do appreciate the clarification. Thank you
You’re welcome Carolyn. Glad to help. Hopefully I’ve given you some options to consider now.
Thanks Eddy. I was concerned about giving anyone financial information to start my own business but you are right. Thx
This is the first site I’ve seen where the information is honest and intelligent. I like the Tell It Like It Is approach. No beating around the bush, just straight talk. THANK YOU! I became unemployed five months ago and am having difficulty finding work because I don’t have a car to get around. I just found out that my apartment complex changed management and rents will be going up when my lease is up in May.
I need to start now because my money runs out at the end of January. (No benefits of any kind!) All I need to get by is $1400/mo. to get by. $1500 for a little cushion. Is it possible to make this amount of money with WAH businesses? I’m diligent in keeping on top of things and can give very quick turn-around. Like a waiter does, get ’em out to get more in! Thanks SO MUCH for this, Eddy!
Thanks Jack. That means a lot. I don’t like people fluffing me so I don’t do it to others. So I’m happy you can appreciate it.
I’m sorry to hear about your job and car situation. Not having a car really limits you in the job market unless you live in a city where public transportation can get you where you need to go.
I wish you started sooner. Because I don’t know anything that will give you that type of money in less than a month. Any real business will take months if not longer to build into something successful. So to answer your question yes it’s totally possible to make that type of money and way more running an online business. But it won’t happen as quickly as you need it.
For your immediate needs, you really need an outside job asap. Do you have customer service experience? Because there are a lot of opportunities for that. Amazon Mechanical turk is also a favorite for many work at home seekers. It can add up to some decent money if you’re willing to put in the time: https://www.workathomenoscams.com/2008/07/29/work-at-home-with-amazoncom/
I would suggest visiting this page as well:
I wish I had a quick fix for you but I don’t. Anything that will make you some decent money is going to require some time and patience. Sorry I don’t have better news.
Thanks for the quick response, Eddy. Yeah, I wish I’d found this site earlier. I’m not under any delusions of a quick fix so, no worries there. How about this… If I got started with WA now, are there enough viable replacement income opportunities to help me out enough until my WA business becomes lucrative?
I’m a good writer but I haven’t done it for a very long time and would like to get back into it. I know I can check out the freelancing links you offered on another page, but, as far as WA goes, how lucrative is that? And, if I may ask, do you have a business or service that YOU offer on WA or is your’s simply a service of recommending WA? I imagine you have your hands in several ventures.
You’re welcome Jack!
Glad to hear you understand there aren’t any quick fixes. I can’t tell you how many people do come to me with such delusions!
I think the fact you’re a writer (even a rusty one. LOL) gives you a ton of options. There are plenty of content mills that pay writers. And there are always folks looking for writers online. So if you pursue that you’re fine. There are some options here: http://adf.ly/51271/writingjobs
You could probably make some great money just writing alone. But initially it may not be a lot so then you want to mix in some of the other opportunities I’ve covered.
And as you’re making money with all that other stuff you can definitely work on your business at WA. The things you learn at WA can actually help you start an online writing business if that’s the niche you want to pursue.
WA is an internet community that teaches you about how to create an online business. So it’s not necessarily a business per se. It teaches you how to create any type of online business although you do have the option of promoting WA to earn income too. But I always suggest people use WA to build a business about something they are passionate about or have tons of experience in. Either way, it’s worth signing up at the starter membership since it’s free and so you can determine if it’s right for you.
I’ll welcome you when you get there. And I’m also available there if you need help or have questions. But more importantly you have the help of thousands there not just me which is a far better situation because even if I’m not available at the time, there are other great people who are as knowledgeable as me there. Like I said, it’s better to see for yourself and make your own judgement call. I’m not really big on trying to convince folks. I just try to present the info and let you guys decide for yourselves.
Hope this helps and answers your question. I think your writing skills is going to be your money maker my friend. It’s a skill that is always in demand online and that won’t change anytime soon. Now you just need to apply it with some of these websites and to use it to build your own business. I’m by no means a writer. But I’ve managed to do pretty well despite my limitations with proper spelling and grammar usage. LOL
Thank you for your time and research on online job. I know the rest is up to myself ,just needed to tell you , your appreciated.
Thank you Michelle! That means a lot and made my day!
I have received an opportunity to become a mystery shopper. this person asked for my name address, phone number. I waited two days and the person stated they checkin my background. I was informed to choose two money grams business and I did walmart and acs now, I am suppose to agree to a contract and they will send me 200 after completion of assignment, someone emailed to agree ans an email.. what are your thoughts…. MS evaluator is the name I hav received ,also benson Hopewell firstname.lastname@example.org on of the references also MS evaluator Roots@so-net.ne.vp
This is a scam. Mystery shopping opportunities don’t work like this and definitely don’t use money grams which is a common way scammers get you. Be sure to read our scam page: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/scams
Here’s a link to a legitimate mystery shopping company: http://www.bestmark.com/become_a_shopper.htm
can u send this info to the bureau?
Subject: Re: New comment posted on Better Business Bureau Listed Work From Home & Scams!
Hi, you can visit the BBB website and send it yourself. But I would recommend posting this scam, including the emails on our scam page so other people will find it.
I do not live in the USA. I was wondering if any of these companies use people outside of the US. I have a US bank account since I lived a few years there, if that helps with payment….
Hi, you might want to try signing up for them and verifying this or contacting the companies directly. Having a US bank account might help you.
Hi Eddy, Inbox dollars is legit, I have been with them for over two years now. You can cash out at thirty, and get a check mailed out to you. That’s how I have been doing it, and I have had no complaints so far. I do know people who complain about not getting enough surveys, but you have to do the profiles and keep your information updated.
Yep. That’s why I listed and recommended them. I agree about surveys, that’s just across the board with that industry. Your demographics will play a huge role in if you get surveys or are accepted. Unfortunately most people don’t understand this and take it personal or label a company a scam because of this lack of understanding. Thanks for chiming in.
please help me find a sight that is not a scam Im tired of losing money
Did you read the article above where I actually listed some sites that are legit?
I’m not sure if you’ve actually read anything on this site but all the answers you seek are already here if you take the time to READ and take action. We even have a section above every page including this one: “NEW TO THIS SITE? START HERE:” that provides you with everything you just asked for.
With that said, you should probably start here:
Good luck. We’ve done all the hard work. All you have to do is actually READ the material and take action.
I have been out of work for over a year and despite sending out numerous resumes no luck. I willing to work from home but I don’t know how to find the legit at home business. I dont’ have money to give for kits(I think this is a scam). I know there are some large corportations that have at home opportunties but I don’t know how to find them. Can someone help me out and lead me to a company in the U.S. that is legit and sends a actual debit card or paycheck to you.
Eddy, I have also been scammed alot. I am trying to find a home based business to not work with the public sot that I can get my bills caught up & paid on time. I would like to replace my current income. I have done some research & came up with some that I don’t know if they are legit or not. I have been looking for quite a while & am just tired of waiting for my dreams to come true. I want to get something going so I don’t have to go to work at a certain time & work on weekends when I want to be doing other things.
I’m sorry to hear you’ve been scammed a lot. Unfortunately it seems to be a right of passage for many work at home seekers. But scams are very easy to avoid. I would suggest watching my scam video listed here:
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/scams If you follow the advice there you should stop the cycle of being scammed.
In terms of your work at home dreams. I would say start here: https://www.workathomenoscams.com/2012/07/02/what-type-of-work-at-home-seeker-are-you/
and then select the path that fits your needs. I think it will help guide you to the options that will help you be successful.
Sendearnings is also completely legit. It is the exact same thing as inboxdollars. They take effort in order to get your money faster. For the paid emails you only get 2 cents for every one you read. You have to participate in the other venues on the website in order to earn your thirty dollars faster. But you do get a 5$ signup bonus, so you only have to earn $25.
Yep, they’re run by the same exact company.
Don’t know how you missed it as my response is right under hers. Here it is again: https://www.workathomenoscams.com/2008/01/14/bbb-work-at-home/#comment-422637395
Hey Jayme! You’re welcome. It just drives me crazy when people solely rely on the BBB as the be and end all indicator of a company’s legitimacy especially when you consider their business model.
They definitely serve a purpose and for the most part are useful. But people should just use them as one of MANY reference points before coming to conclusions about a company.
The BBB is just a company. Most people think that they are set up by the government, as if that’s a plus. They are not set up by cities or states or Federal. They charge large fees to even be listed. The BBB is a company trying to make profits like any other company. I was interviewed by the BBB to go to work for them and it was not what I thought it was. They should not be used as the “last word” when checking out another company. Take their rating with a tablespoon of salt!
LOL, Amen! You try telling people that and they look at you like you’re speaking blasphemy or another language. Obviously I totally agree with you. They’re only one of many data points and resources people should use to make an informed decision about a company.
I wanted to thank you for this article Eddy!! Most people have no idea that BBB is a paid membership, and even if a company has an “A”, then they wonder why there are complaints, or why they are not accredited.
Survey Savvy: http://www.bbb.org/san-diego/business-reviews/market-research-and-analysis/luth-research-in-san-diego-ca-101649/
Fusion Cash: http://sanjose.bbb.org/business-reviews/Internet-Advertising-Services/FusionCash-Inc-in-Santa-Cruz-CA-228043
SurveySavvy.com and FusionCash.com not listed on Better Business Bureau as being accredited. Why Not?
did eddy salomon answer your question
That’s a common misconception. There are tons of scams that never ask you for a dime and are just as dangerous:
Just read the following articles and all the comments and you’ll see what I mean:
Then there are companies which are actually home based business and not jobs. With any business there is a start up cost. So sometimes people confuse the difference between a job and a home based business and make the incorrect assumption that a legitimate home based business is a scam because it requires a start up cost. But that is incorrect as well.
Now when it comes to a straight job, you shouldn’t have to pay a fee. So there are differences and folks need to be aware of that. These blanket statements is what gets people in trouble.
The first thing you are told to avoid a scam is that “YOU DON’T PAY FOR A JOB’!!!!!! the first thing I look at you have to pay for. To me, if you are asked to pay to work, IT IS A SCAM!!!!!!
Sorry to hear about your experience but it’s definitely not the norm. From my experience when folks aren’t getting paid, its for a number of reasons.
1. Technical issues. Your computer may not be tracking cookies properly which will cause you not to get credit.
2. People are cheating the system or breaking rules.
Fusioncash is a joke. I tried it, did a bunch of surveys and got nothing, not even the $5 for signing up.
So eddy lets see how trusty worthy you I don’t think you will answer me but lets see.I have been scamed so many times before I want to know why I should trust you are anyone else.If you are trust worthy answer me and tell me why to trust you
I’m not really in the business of trying to convince people of my legitimacy. Most people that actually take the time to READ my body of work such as the article above, my personal recommendations:
work at home guide:
or who visit my media page:
can tell from reading that information that I’m the real deal. When folks take the time to actually read my material and take action one of two things occurs, they make some money or avoid a terrible scam because I teach people how to fend for themselves via my scam video: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/scams
When you also factor that I’ve been doing this for many years, that tends to put a lot of folks at ease. At the end of the day I can’t convince you of my legitimacy nor do I want to.
You’ll come to that conclusion when you take the time to actually read what I offer. Just because you ask someone if they’re legitimate doesn’t mean they’ll be honest. What scam artist is actually going to tell you yes I’m out to scam you. So that’s not how you determine if someone is legitimate. You research them (see my scam video) and you check out their work. That’s how you determine if someone is a scam.
In any event, I wish you the best of luck. You should definitely have a healthy skepticism of this industry. But ultimately skepticism without any research or proper justification won’t help you make money either. There are good sites out there. And if you take the time to read this one, you’ll soon realize that. Good luck to you.
Eddy, this could not have been said any better in
response to Brad’s question..def made me giggle. I was looking for the like button lol Keep being so honest & your positive demeanor. I bet I can speak on behalf of a lot of people, you are definitely helping us out with your powerful knowledge! I enjoy reading your articles!
Thanks Sarah! LOL
I always try to stay professional and positive. I get that a lot of people have been scammed. So they make assumptions about me. So sometimes you just have to remind people we’re not all out here to get you. And if you actually read my body of work, you’ll see that.
Unfortunately not everyone has enough the attention span or patience to do it. But that’s okay, I try to focus on good folks like yourself that get it.
So thanks for the support! It’s appreciated!
Unfortunately most of the opportunities are geared towards U.S. residents. Although I think some of my non-traditional recommendations may be open to you:
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/recommendations the best way to know is to try to sign up for anything that may be of interest to you and see what the company says.
We do have an international section you may want to try here:
Sorry I couldn’t be of more assistance.
Thank you very much for taking the time to respond Eddy. I will certainly take a look at the link that you provided.
Have a great day.
You’re welcome Angela! Thank you for actually saying thank you for responding. Most people don’t! It’s good to see good manners still exist out there! =)
Good morning Eddy, I was wondering if the opportunities that you’ve posted within your links are for Canadian residents? My question has more to do with payment, taxes etc. If these opportunities do not apply for CDN residents, would you be able to point me in another direction.
I would appreciate any help.
Thank you very much
I’ve never heard of them. But just follow the steps in my scam video to determine if this or any other company is legitimate or not:
It will help you.
Hello Eddy. I am wanting to know what, if anything, do you know about HSV Group in Hungary. They are a consulting and software company. Wondered if they were too good to be true or if they are actually a legit bulsiness.
Hello Eddy, I found your website by pure luck. I have been searching for a long time for legitimate work at home opportunity. I’m glad I found your site. What I do when I am searching is read the fine print at the bottom of their page and then read the terms and policy page as well. That is where you find alot of disagreeable information. They don’t think that most of the people will read it, But believe me I do.
Thanks for your site, I have found your site very hopeful in every aspeck.
Glad you found our site too. I would like to think it wasn’t pure luck and more a result of my genius marketing. lol
In any event, it’s a great habit you have in reading the fine print. Most of us don’t including myself. Ironically I just discussed this fact in the following article:
As I said there, in most terms and conditions there is always nasty little surprises in them. At their very core it’s basically a blanket statement to protect the company and screw you if something goes wrong. That being said some of them have some even shadier things where your may have some unexpected fees showing up on a card or some other nasty things. I’m a lot more mindful of terms and conditions when it has something to do with a get paid to try offer opportunity: https://www.workathomenoscams.com/2008/05/07/getpaidtotryoffers/
In any event, I think it’s a good thing that you research in that way. But just keep in mind what I said in that most of those statements will have something in them that you may not like. Thanks for sharing.
I can bet you money, I can send this comment, and you won’t respond. I have so lost faIth in this make-believe home business, and there are so many others that disbelieve it too. Make a believer out of me, Eddy…RESPOND! and show me some legimate home businesses where I can make money. PLEASE???
Paige, It’s obvious you’ve been scammed a lot. Many folks who have first visited this site have been there. That being said it doesn’t mean everyone is out to get you. Work at home scams are easy to avoid if you just do your research which we’ve made very easy by following the steps in my scam video: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/scams
Once you’ve mastered that skill it’s a lot easier to manuever around the web and avoid a lot of the nonsense you’ve probably run into.
There are tons of legitimate work at home opportunities out there. Some are businesses and some are jobs. The key to success in this industry is to educate yourself on how it works and what to avoid. If you have an open mind and are willing to read and take action then this is the right site for you and you can start by visiting the following pages:
But if you want to go around assuming that everything is a scam and won’t work then that’s what you’ll continue to find. Folks are making money. It’s just a matter of having the right guidance and resources. Good luck to you.
Dear Eddy, is there anything really legit for people who used to work for companies that had you make products at home then you shipped them back for pay? What happened to those companies? Are any of them still in business and if so, where can we find them?
Assembly companies never seem to make work at home seekers money as you can read by the comments on the following articles:
The folks that do have success in this are people that work for themselves with a company like Etsy:
At the end of the day assembly work isn’t really viable just like envelope stuffing isn’t. Focus on industries that are actually in demand:
or non-traditional opportunities like what we’ve listed in our recommendations page which anyone can do. https://www.workathomenoscams.com/recommendations You almost guaranteed to make money with that page if you read it and take action. I can’t really say that with certainty for any of that assembly stuff.
You’re quite welcome. I’m glad that I can give you some confidence and the path to give this a shot! Success is possible in this industry when you have the right guidance, mindset and resources. So I’m confident if you’re persistent, you’ll eventually land something.
I would suggest focusing on the following pages to help you get started in the right path:
I hope this helps.
Eddy, after searching your site I have gained some confidence back that there is a future in the internet for me. I have been doing the same trade for many years now and am being forced to step down due to physical problems
that were accrued in the military. I have always given 150% to everything I started and I feel that if I start on the correct path I can succeed. I feel that this was my first positive choice and now just keep going.
BBB gives no follow up status to a complaint…just a “SATISFIED” status Also the BBB has complaints coming from a companies “COMPETITORS” as well as disgruntled employees fo a company. they also use high pressure tactics if you go to meet them about signing up. they put you in a room with a high pressure closer. It is a scam in itself.
Thanks for sharing that. I’ve heard whispers of this as well. But in general I think they are a great resource that really has helped a lot of people avoid some real bad situations. That being said, I never just depend on them as my sole resource for research as many people suggest. They are of one of MANY data points I use to determine if a company is a scam.
is there any jobs people have e-mailed you about that they have tried and liked the job tammy H.
When people get jobs, I’m the last person they email. A lot of times folks forget where they got the leads from because they apply to so many places. People barely email me to say thank you. At the end of the day, the jobs are listed here: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/jobs
You just need to apply to jobs that actually fit your experience and skill set.
In terms of popular non-traditional opportunities that folks have commented about and liked, you can find them on my recommendations page:
i would like to say thank u 4 your website because i have been looking 4 a work at home site for the longest without thinking to investigate first all i knew is that u should not pay money to obtain work .i am still looking but please believe me i am not trying anything without the help of your web site thank you 4 your honesty and help .Kat D.
You’re quite welcome. I’m confident if you take the time to go through the site, you’ll find a lot of legitimate work at home options. To start off visit our jobs page:
yes they do research each and every company that get a BBB approval if you think that this is untrue then you should talk with someone who works for the BBB or not read one article written by someone who just want to stir more drama where it isn’t need! Know people who have been approved by the BBB.
I’m assuming you’re referring to me. I’m not sure if you actually read the article above based on your comment. I’m not in the business of stirring anything up. I merely pointed out that the BBB isn’t the only resource to rely on and a few complaints doesn’t equate a scam.
Hi Eddy, I found your site through a random search, and am sure glad i did. great information you provide.
Thanks Rob! Glad you found us. I’m confident as you read the site more, you’ll continue to learn a lot. If you like what you read be sure to consider subscribing here:
I like the webformation that this site has. You take this one a little step further when it comes bbb. Most people stop after looking at the report card. It’s good to know that some (not all) of these programs are legit, aside what the report shows. I myself have found lots of free to join legt programs. And still looking for more. Good Luck!! oh yea! Happy 4th of July!!!
Thanks for the kind words. Obviously I feel the BBB is a good starting point. But it’s just that. I don’t think it’s the be and end all. So I’m happy to see you agree with me. In any event, I hope you had a great 4th of July as well.
hey eddy what reliable work from home sites can go to that are not scams?
How about the one you’re failing to read right now? Jeez. lol
This is the best way to know what are the safest on-line jobs, or bbb accredited work at home. This is a big help to lots of people. I will lead my siblings here for their searching on-line jobs so that they won’t be scammed.
Joenalyn, I’m glad you have found our site useful enough to recommend to your family.
A forewarning? LOL … I can’t help but to laugh at that one.
The legitimacy, validity, integrity, genuineness, helpfulness, etc of Eddy’s sites speak for themselves. Therefore, he doesn’t NEED me to speak on his behalf. I just so happen to believe in and appreciate Eddy’s work, and also share his devotion to help folks generate credible income from home. So naturally I will always support him and his efforts at every given opportunity.
Now, allow me to thank you for the good laugh. What a great start to my day! 😉
You have me rolling over here. LOL
We already know that in most of the cases these skeptics aren’t bad people. They’re just just falsely jumping to conclusions without really doing their research or reviewing someone’s body of work. You and I have discussed how it’s easier for folks to call everything a scam or assume everyone is out to scam someone than it is to actually put in the effort to perform due diligence. Lucky for me that most people that visit this site aren’t like that. But it is what it is and comes with the territory.
Callie on this site and Sparquel at http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090419170110AAubK2c are one in the same person! Could she be on Eddie’s payroll? Be forewarned!
Umm, this isn’t news. I’ve referenced this several times on my site. It always amazes how skeptical folks are that they feel the need to dig dirt to prove something to themselves.
Thank goodness that most of the people that visit this blog are more concerned with working at home or avoiding scams. All of which I have helped many achieve:
But keep searching for dirt if you like. I’ll continue to focus on helping the folks that are interested in actually making money without being scammed. Judging by the comments listed here: https://www.workathomenoscams.com/2009/11/10/work-at-home-no-scams-120-birthday-giveaway/ Seems like my efforts aren’t in vain. Cheers!
Don’t know if Callie is a scam or on payroll but I was reading about the site you recommended,Wealthy Affiliates, and their BBB review is a big F! You also said to mainly judge the review by the number of complaints that have been resolved and they have resolved none! Why recommend a site with a bad review and not BBB accredited???
As I said in the article above, I don’t think the BBB is the be and end all of determining if a company is a scam. I’m not listed with the BBB and a number of other perfectly legitimate companies aren’t either and does that make me a scam?
That being said, I personally stand by WA because despite the F rating by the BBB I’ve used the site and have found tons of value in the material and other people there. The stuff I’ve learned there is what I have used to be a successful affiliate marketer for all these years. I ignored the rating because WA was referred to me by someone that I had trusted that had a history of providing value. Furthermore there was overwhelming positive feedback about it from other circles that I follow. So that held more weight to me than the BBB. But that’s me. If the BBB is the be and end all of your research and decision making then you have to follow that.
I personally use them as one of MANY points of reference to determine if a company is a scam. Hope this clarifies my stance. But again that’s just how I feel.
P.S. Callie does work for me and that’s common knowledge. It’s not something I’ve hid if you’ve read this blog long enough. We’re not in the business of screwing people over and although we’re not listed with the BBB, many news stations seem to think we’re pretty straight up and helpful: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/media
I have a question I am thinking about applying for a job with a company that
the BBB has not ever heard of nor has ripoff reports they both come up with 0
the reason I am being cautious is because on the application there is a clause
of $10 third party web fee is this typical or normal for an online business to request or should I just keep looking for a job and trash the papers they want me to fax to them the site name is
please let me know they want their papers faxed to them by 12/31/2009
Try using our scam video to see if any other sites have reported about this company:
The BBB is cool but it’s not the be and end all. Is this company GDI? If so we wrote a review about them here:
In general if you’re feeling uneasy about the company, I would usually avoid it. That’s a rule of thumb that has always kept me and others safe. There are plenty of confirmed legitimate opportunities out there:
Yes indeed, the “stuff” you are referring to is as real as it gets! This particular site, and all that it represents is one of the hottest places on the web for real work from home/telecommute job leads, advice, scam awareness & prevention updates, exceptionally written articles, a well maintained blog, a down to earth community, humor, fun, CASH contests, and more!
Eddy, the website’s owner/administrator, has provided (and continues to provide) so much for so many. So if LiveOps and WestAtHome did not pan out for you, that’s ok. Different strokes for different folks. Perhaps there is something else that is better suited for you in terms of a work from home job .
To stay in the know and to make sure you receive important updates I’d recommend the following page: https://www.workathomenoscams.com/subscribers/
And, for a good start afterward I’d head on over to:
So, when you found this site you had already been “turned in the right direction.” 😉
I hope this helps. Good luck!
Hey there guy’s is this stuff really real !!!
I have looked for a real job.
I tried live ops and westathome.com and that was a hard nut to crack …
I really need some help now …..
Please turn me in the right direction.
hi , sorry i just saw your blog on people who spell your name wrong opps , i am new to this site I am sorry EDDY it won’t happen again. thanks again for all the great info.
debrah (see i cant even spell my own name right) 🙂
I just want to say thankyou to all the people who wrote in and THANKYOU TO YOUR SITE now I at least have some hope to actually finding a legit job from home. I am now going to head over to the pages you perscribed doc. Thanks again. You saved me from a lot of headaches and time and money. kudo’s
p.s. your really handsome what a nice touch to the kindness your heart showed to the people. thanks:)
You’re quite welcome. I’ve never been referred to as a Doc before. I like it. lol In any event, I’m happy I could give you hope and help you avoid a lot of the nonsense out there. Knowledge is power and you’ve stumbled on the right place for that. I’m sure you’ll find the success that so many others have:
P.S. You’re far to kind about the handsome comment. If I were capable of blushing, I would be doing it right now. lol
Hi Eddy, i just want to know why i am asked to pay a monthly fee of like $29-$39
i thought it was free. Or am i just not looking in the right place can you help me on how to get started. Bernis
It would help me if you told me what company you’re actually referring to that is asking you for $29-$39.99
But I’ll take a guess and assume you’re referring to http://www.GoWealthyAffiliate.com If that’s the case, they’re not charging you to work for them. It’s an educational site just like taking an online college course
but not as expensive. WA is a site a for people that want to learn how to be a successful affiliate internet marketer:
This is a skill that needs to be learned to be successful just like a lawyer must pay and go to law school to be a competent lawyer.
So If you’re not interested in such a business or career then you don’t have to pay for it. You can just stick with traditional jobs like the one found on our companies page:
But just be aware that just because something charges a fee it doesn’t always mean it’s a scam. It could be a home based business or an educational site. In which case it makes total sense to charge a fee.
A job however should never charge fee. So just keep this distinction in mind. People like making that blanket statement about fees and not providing clear guidelines and clarifications.
Hope this helps you.
Hello to all,
Is there anyone currently working from home in a legitimate business? If you would share that info, I would be greatful.
Have a Blessed Day All
The following businesses seem to have a lot of supporters:
My personal legitimate recommendations can be found here:
BBB and PROJECT PAYDAY + SCAMS has a bad report on Project Payday.No record on Pine Cone Research and My Survey.com AKA NFO with BBB.
Yeah, let me go ahead and clear up some of this stuff as there seems to be some confusion here which could be my own fault.
Pretty straightforward and nothing left to be said here on that company.
MySurvey.com is part of Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC (TNS). TNS is ranked as the world’s largest provider of custom research and analysis…TNS has been collecting the opinions of U.S. consumers since 1946 as National Family Opinion and then NFO…
Search for their parent company in the BBB leads to this report:
So both companies are listed with the BBB in good standing for whatever that’s worth. lol Many websites you visit are in fact under a larger corporation and just doing business as that domain name you see. So when you’re doing research on a given site, it’s a good idea to look at their about us section to see if they’re part of a larger company. You wouldn’t really know to do this unless you’ve had some years of experience in this industry looking for work at home and avoiding scams as I do. So I can totally see how this can happen.
In terms of Project Pay Day, the principles they teach can work and make you money. However there are steps that must be strictly followed otherwise you’ll end up losing money. This is why get paid to try offers are often labeled a scam. As a result, we’ve actually provided some tips to avoid this problem in the following article:
So people that do venture into these type of work at home opportunities can avoid the pitfalls of those who aren’t aware. Now with that said PPD does have some other flaws that should definitely be considered. So there is no argument there. At the end of the day I always like to dig a little deeper to see what these so called claims of scams are. Because in my experience, many people like calling work at home companies scams if they don’t understand how to use a given opportunity OR can’t make money with it. However they aren’t quick to do the same when it comes to offline companies. But to each their own.
Hi Eddy! How are you doing? I like your information on work from home scams. I have been looking for a legit work from home for years. I haven’t found one yet. Im looking for a work from home that doesn’t pay on commission. Is there any legit paid survey work from home jobs? Can you point me in the direction of a work from home that pays very well?
I’m glad you’re enjoying our scam information. But our site is filled with legit work at home opportunities including surveys. It’s just a matter of putting aside a few hours to read it. Here are some articles you should read right now to help you find legit surveys:
Then read our work at home guide:
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/workathomeguide it will help you find more work at home leads and teach you how to go about finding work at home jobs the right way and avoid a lot of the scams you’ve probably run into.
Hey there Eddy… Is working for googleprofits.com legit or a scam?
Head over to our scam section, follow the steps of our video listed there:
That’s pretty much how we research any company.
You may also want to read our article about Google Money Tree:
Thanks for the kind words.
First & foremost don’t quit your job unless you’ve saved at least 6 months worth of salary to cover any bills you may have.
In terms of your work at home options i would encourage you to visit the following pages:
You may also want to visit my recommendations page:
I think between all those pages you’ll find what you need.
Take care & good luck.
I’m going to assume that you weren’t trying to offend me and meant other websites besides the one you’re on http://www.workathomenoscams.com and our other website http://www.workathomecareers.com 😉
Visit the following pages:
You may also want to look at our work at home guide:
Callie has a great site too:
I’m Kai from the Philippines.. you really got a great site.. it got my attention right away.. anyway I need some advice or perhaps your recommendations to some online jobs.. I’m planning to resign from my current job (I’m a technical support rep.).. and I am currently receiving around $200 per month.. and I was interested in getting myself a online typing job or any job that would require a typist online.. it does not really have to be over a $1000 but at least more than what I am currently receiving.. it is quite hard for me since I am 22 years old and leave alone..any idea or suggestion?
Would love to. However, I’m sure Eddy will chime in with the best reply.
Can you suggest a few good work from home sites for me.
No matter how down and skeptical i am about work at home jobs, i always become over excited and get a greater zeal to pay any amont to get involved in da world of data entry. However, i happened to tell my friend about my-data-team and webcolleagues as u recommended them da last time and he did sme searches on them and the findings that came up kept me worried. a check on Dnsstuff revealed that there are some information with regards to contact address and contact number hidden when my-data-team site was registered. Moreso, there were 2 complaints or reports made against them (i.e, my data team and webcolleagues when a search on checkdomain was made). Please as you said uve worked with them before or something i really want to hear from you cos i do want to register with them. The reason why i want to rely on you is that ur site reveals a great deal about your personality and am an orphan in da university here in Ghana and i am finding things difficult now but after reading through your site am more than convinced that i must take a chance no matter da risk.
I’ve never recommended any of the sites you’ve mentioned. In fact I always encourage people never to pay for any data entry or typing product. So I think you’re confusing me with someone else. Getting a typing or data entry job is nearly impossible. Paying for one isn’t going to help either. That’s why we always we recommend that people look into Medical Transcription because it’s the only typing job that seems to be readily available if you have the proper skills. So you should go and read the following article:
Since you’re outside the U.S. you may want to consider visiting, reading and following the advice of our international page:
When you have doubts you should continue to do what you’ve done and do your research. At the end of the day, if you don’t limit yourself to typing or data entry you’re less likely to get scammed or mislead.
Tara the name of the company I am an independent contractor for is Expert Business Development, their website address is http://www.expertbizdev.com and the number you can call is 610-660-4902. This number is a direct number for Judy Friedman. When speaking to Judy, please mention my name, Barbara Jones, as the person who spoke highly about the company at this Work At Home website. Judy will connect with the person who is charge of hiring.
Good Luck Tara!
May I have the contact information for the company you said involves phone work? I would appreciate it.
Yes, Eddy I was wondering if you have heard anything about Jobs for Moms ? Because I was thinking about joining but I was reserarching this with BBB and I was skeptical but after reading your comment today I’m wondering if maybe it is a good idea because I severely need a work at home job as I have a mentally challenged child that requires that I have a school schedule to work by.
I have been diligentily looking for a reliable Work From Home Job everything that I have come across requires money one way or the other . Please help with your comment desperately need your views, input , and response. Thanks So much I enjoy reading your blogs. HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!!! Betty
I don’t know much about jobs for moms. But it seems very much like http://www.GoHomeJobStop.com which we’ve covered and recommended on the following page:
Most of the things you’re running into our work at home products or home business opportunities NOT Jobs. Jobs will never charge you a fee. With that said some
of the home business opportunities are legitimate. But when it comes to anything that charges a fee be sure to do your research following the easy steps in our scam
We list new work at home jobs regularly on our other site http://www.workathomecareers.com so you may want to visit there.
We also have a list of companies that tend to hire work at home seekers on the following page: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/companies
So you have some options. But I’ll be honest, landing traditional work at home jobs is very difficult and why we recommend that work at home seekers get involved in other opportunities while waiting to be hired. Because we feel it’s better to make some money than none. So with that in mind you might want to visit our recommendations page as well:
Hope this helps.
I was wondering if you know of any sites that are Data Entry only? I have a year+ experience in being a Data Entry Associate.
Thank you so much for your time. I’m going to go browse through your website now. =]
Data entry and typing are jobs that aren’t in demand.
What you’ll find is that there are a lot of websites selling information about affiliate marketing
and misrepresenting it as data entry or typing. Being an affiliate is a great way to make money provided you have an interest and right training:
But most people will be totally turned off by this career because it was misrepresented by these typing and data entry sites.
If you’re really hell bent on clerical work, you should focus on medical transcription. You can read more about it here:
You can also look on the following page for some companies that may hire data entry workers from time to time:
But landing a data entry job is like winning the lotto and nearly impossible. So it’s better to go after careers that are actually in demand like the ones
we covered earlier in the year:
Hopefully this helps.
If you’re open minded and are willing to try some different opportunities, I would encourage you to visit our recommendations page:
Good luck either way,
I as are many others am looking for a legitimate work-at-home job somewhere. I have researched may resources, signed up for many companies (paid no money yet) I do not want my card number all over the internet. Most of the surveys I either don’t qualify for or I have to pay to buy some rediculous product; again putting my card number out on the internet. I don’t think there are any ligitimate jobs online. If there are, where are they? One site recommends a company highly while another site does not. Some “researchers” work for the very companies they tell us to steer clear of. And always, there is some kind of money involved, oe they need some information just to “sign” up with their site. Anyone have any ideas? Anyone have any good experiences finding legitimate “data entry” jobs. Some of these sites say you have to fill out an application and sens a resume. How “legitimate” is that?
You sound very frustrated. But don’t let that make you bitter or jaded. There are many different opportunities out there that you can start without money.
But you need to have an open mind and willing to try different things.
1. You can forget out about data entry or typing because you will just run into products misrepresenting the opportunity. If you’re hell bent on clerical jobs then you need
to focus on a career that is actually in demand. Generic typing and data entry aren’t. But Medical Transcription is. You can learn more about it here:
2. In terms of surveys, companies are always looking for different type of people. So if you don’t qualify for a given survey now, it doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. To better your chances, make sure you’re signed up with a lot of legitimate companies not just 1 or 2. We’ve listed some of our favorites on the following page:
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2007/12/13/top-5-paid-online-survey-websites/ And its also important provide as much details in your survey profiles as possible to better your chances of qualifying for more surveys. If you’ve only filled some basic demographic info, you’re doing yourself disservice.
You may also want to consider focus groups which pay more:
3. We’ve also listed some other recommendations on the following page that you may want to look into:
We also have a list of traditional work at home companies listed here:
And finally we list new jobs on our parent site work at home regularly:
So you do have a lot of options available to you. You just need to explore them and open the net of your possibilities.
By the way there is this misconception that purchasing online is some how going to make your credit card info more vulnerable than using it a physical store. Look if a theif wants your credit card info they can get it just as easily offline as they do online. Credit card companies know this and why they’ve built in security measures for this. If your credit card is ever compromised, a simple phone call to your credit card company is usually all that is needed to resolve it. You’ll never be responsible for all the charges that a given scammer makes. So keep that in mind. It doesn’t mean you don’t use your common sense but just understand that there is risk shopping online and offline.
Hope the links help either way. As long as you follow some simple steps in terms of your research:
http://www.workathomenoscams.com/scams you can easily avoid being scammed. You just have to use your best judgment. Any company that has been around for a long time will have their share of complaints. Check reports on microsoft, disney, jetblue, and you’ll see what I mean. But you just want to see if it’s the norm and how it’s resolved. That’s how you’ll know if a company is worth working with or not.
Feel free to post the contact information of this company. I’m sure there are some that will appreciate it.
P.S. I emailed you about your other post, so just check it as soon as you can. It was a minor request.
…Keep the posts rollin, I enjoy reading them! Always a new learning curve. Oh, and if anyone is interested in a Work At Home Job that really pays, I work for Expert Business Development. It’s all telephone work, but the pay is real good, they pay hourly plus bonuses. I worked for them going on 2 years and never had a problem. But, I know, telephone work is not for everyone!
I totally agree. That’s why we’ve listed it on our work at home companies page:
Thanks for sharing your experience with it!
West work at home is an excellent company to work for. My son and I work there and its a real company no scams and we get paid every week.
I see that in a February post someone was cheated by Billy Briggs Data Entry. I was as well. It wasn’t until after I was scammed by that one that I realized pretty much any Data Entry thing online has something to do with posting ads on Google or Yahoo Pay Per Click I also got scammed with the Ultimate Wealth Package, run by Mark Warren. I even had someone call me regarding it, but I didn’t answer. So right there is about $100 that I lost and was unable to get back. My step-father recently came across something on Yahoo Hotjobs regarding rebate processing, and him being a business owner, VP of a Log Home Company as well as a number cruncher, that was the last thing I expected to hear out of him was to “check it out and if it appeals to you then I’ll front the fee for you.” That’s when I started some intensive reasearch by googling “work at home” and then researching each company I found thru the BBB as well as online. Ripoffreport is a good resource. I’m currently an IBO for Ameriplan. I know that it has been stated on this site that it’s not the greatest opportunity but in all honesty, it’s just not for everyone. If you do well on the phone and computer and you’re passionate about marketing the idea of discount health benefits, yes it’s for you. If you’re not so much a phone person, yes you can do everything online, but I think it’s better to do an interview on the phone first just to get an idea on the person.
When it comes to taking surveys online, I don’t like them. Most of the surveys I haven’t been able to take because I don’t fit the demographics that company is looking for. I also haven’t had the time to sit down and register with 200+ survey companies so I can get more chances at them.
I have some phone calls to make today but I think once I’m done, I’ll be doing more research.
I’m enjoying this site though, Eddy!
Sorry you have also had poor dealings with the BBB. But what really hurts is that your “nameless” co. appears to know how to manipulate the BBB. In my case the case was closed as “resolved” even though it was not really resolved.
All the more reason to protect sites like this one, we need all the help we can get.
I quit looking for scams. To me they are all scams unless I can prove they aren’t. Many times it is easier to prove they aren’t than it is to discover “if they are”.
Thanks for sharing your experience.
I think your statements really bring home my point.
I think your article was very good and I think it is very good advice. Though I would like to also bring to light a fact some people do not know. The BBB isn’t a goverment agency or anything of the sort, it is a company as well. I learned this years ago when I myself had a run in with a company, which will stay nameless, that had a clean record with the BBB. The company in question started to use some of my intellectual work without permission for hopes of monetary gain. I wrote the company and told them they didn’t get permission. And then I wrote the BBB to tell them when I didn’t get a response back. I told them of this illegal act so others would be warned and perhaps I could resolve the issue with the company. A month later I get a letter back from the BBB saying the company said it had talked to me and had resolved everything with me. That they canceled everything and took me out of their system as I requested, which I didn’t. The letter went on to say if I wasn’t happy or didn’t agree with the outcome of what happened, to selected from an option below. The options were all the same basicly. I am not happy with the outcome but will accept it, I don’t agree with the outcome but won’t press on, and of course another one that said the exact same thing, just in different words. Now that isn’t an exact quote of the three options I had, but I do remember that they all boiled down to the same option of, “You were messed over and even if it wasn’t resolved, we are not going to do anything about it, so accept it.” So I agree with what you said, use them but use other resources as well, because they are not a goverment based resource, just a business. And you should always make sure you are getting the full picture.
Hi again Jim,
Thanks for chiming in.
You’ve pretty much brought my point home.
Too often people just rely on the BBB and I think it’s a good start but it’s not the be and end all when doing your research.
So well said Jim!
I just saw Erika’s remark about the BBB and just wanted to add. From a joke point of view we should all be laughing hard. From a serious point of view we could use a site/blog to understand the BBB. No they do not do research, they report and we have to understand those reports. For instance, Co. a.b.c. got 12 complaints in one year (all of which were answered/corrected) Co. d.e.f. got 3 complaints with no response. This one is too easy but you see what i’m getting at. abc deserves more investigation on our part. def i wouldn’t waste any more time on.
It works with names also. Try Eddy Salomon, nothing notable. Now try Angel Stevens, GASP! the #1 pick on SiteReviewAthority.org. and Dr. whats his name doesnt seem to exsist if you look into that site.
So in a nutshell the BBB only works to a point but it is a starting point.
Thanks for your question. We’re trying to centralize all these type of questions in one place so everyone will have easy access to them and we can help more people. So feel free to post your question about My Data Team at http://www.WorkAtHomeNoScams.com/ask
We’ll look into it and reply there.
But there might be a chance after reading some of the stuff already listed there it will address your question.
I was wondering if anyone knew anything about My Data Team? I was thinking about signing up with them. The site is interesting and they are not a member of the BBB. However, I believe the complaints that they had filed against them were all resolved.
Thanks for the kind words Dazzle! Pass on Keystrokes4cash.com and save your money.
It’s very much like the rebate processor scam I wrote about here:
without offering a rebate.
Although keystrokes is a little more honest about what they’re offering you.
I hope this helps.
I really enjoy enjoy reading your site. Has anyone heard of keystrokes 4 cash (Direct Data Home)? Is it worth wasting my time or money?
Thanks for your comments.I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been scammed as well. Be sure to educate yourself so it can never happen again:
The companies that hire work at home seekers are the top of every page on this site where it reads Hiring Companies:
In terms or pineconeresearch we wrote about this company and how to get signed up on the following page:
Hope it helps.
I’ve been cheated twice on work from home jobs…the last one was Billy Briggs work from home site. Could you give me a list of companies i can work for online, that dosen require you to pay before you join them? BTW how do i become a member of pinecone research and participate in their survey.
I would really appreciate if you could reply.
Thanks for your comments. I really appreciate them.
It’s always good to hear that our efforts are not in vain.
I was really lucky to be on AOL. It was like validation that what we’re trying to do with this blog and my other site http://www.WorkAtHomeCareers.com is on the right track. We’re not perfect but we’re trying our best.
In terms of trying to secure a work at home job, it’s really just a very difficult process in general even with an education and more experience. But you are right. Like with any job, the more experience and education you can get the more you can differentiate yourself from the competitors which may help better your chance of working at home. So just do everything you can to give yourself an advantage over the competition.
Some other tips you may want to consider are found on the following pages:
I hope this helps. Please come back and post again.
The BBB is a good starting point, but only a starting point. Before you begin to work from home, you should do as much research as possible, since there are so many scams out there now. Also, always remember that if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. You don\’t want to end up on the bad side of a lawsuit, just because you thought you had a work from home job, and it turned out to be the same old scam with a different name. I always google the company, ask questions on Yahoo! Answers, and even take time to read what others have written on http://www.ripoffreport.com, as sometimes, they do have valid arguements, and it really helps me to make a decision whether I want to pursue a particular venture or not, because I know the various things I can look to expect from a company.
Funny you should mention the BBB for work at home.
I was watching MandJ in the morning last week, and
they had an interview with a woman from the BBB saying
if you want to find legitimate work at home, you should
always check it out with the BBB before paying any
monies to it. She says that is the best way to
find legitimate work at home jobs, and make sure you
always check with the BBB. She says most of them are
scams. she talked about mystery shopping being a scam
and survey sites being scams.
I thought you might want to know that if you didn’t see
the show. I guess they needed to do some advertising.
And by the way, I saw an article about you on the AOL news
site the other day. It was a good article. I want you to
know I really appreciate what you do for us, even though
I haven’t found a real work at home job yet. I am still
searching, really searching. I do not have a college
education, nor a lot of experience and I think this might
be hurting me. I am trying to find something with extensive
training, mentoring, and/or coaching.
I’ll keep looking, hopefully something will happen for me.
I am really glad I found your site, or maybe you found me,
but I am very thankful either way.
Take care, and will be talking to you soon.
Thanks for your comments! But this is exactly what I was implying but maybe not direct enough in my post. lol. It’s the reason I wrote: “Personally I don’t look to one source for my information. I like reading what others have said about a company by doing a Google search with the name of the company + the keyword scam… But use your common sense when reading these reports”
I’ve heard the same accusations about the BBB. I’m not in the position to confirm or deny the accusations. But like I said, I encourage people to do other research besides just using the BBB.
But thanks again for your comments! This is what the website is about.
I hate to break it to you, but the BBB is a huge joke. First of all, they actually don’t research these companies. If you pay your dues/fees to them, that’s all they care about. They don’t even confirm that you are even a real company. You have to do your own research, because the BBB isn’t going to.
Notice how each and every company you look up at BBB says almost the exact same thing??? Doesn’t that raise a red flag? One of the places this can be confirmed at is on the government website for the FTC under scams. I stumbled onto this site while job hunting one day.
Eddy, you’re very welcome. And as you know, I’m always here to help. It gives me that warm & fuzzy feeling on the inside. =)
Thanks for the feedback Callie.
I’m glad you agree with me. Speaking of consumer protection website list, we’ll be posting our list very soon. =)
It should be interesting to see if we share the same sites. If not, I’m sure you’ll chime in. =)
Another great blog entry! I definitely agree that the BBB is a good starting resource in terms of checking out a company. It seems that some rely too heavily on the BBB’s report, solely and don’t follow up with additional resources. Like you, I also go to other resources and pretty much base my total conclusion of a company’s legitimacy on the overall research results. Yes, this does take time … however, avoiding a possible scam situation is more than worth it to me!
I keep a list of web consumer protection sites that I use regularly in conjunction with the BBB report. This helps me tremendously.
Thanks for the good information … looking forward to more great entries!
Have a blessed day!
Thank you for so clearly stating the simple truth. The BBB is extremely expensive! The company I work for, CustomerCommunicationsCorp.com has a pristine reputation that we are very proud of. We are a work at home company and we have lots of positions. Since there are so many “Work at Home Rip Off’s,” we understand we must work very hard to prove ourselves legitimate. That is as it should be and we accept the challenge to go out of our way to prove credibility.