Finding a legitimate work-at-home job involves doing some background research and looking out for common scam red flags. Contacting the company and asking for references are also ways of determining the legitimacy of the company.
Research the company that is hiring by conducting a Web search for any complaints or any information that can help you make the decision whether or not to apply for the job. Join social networking forums to read what has been left by others and to learn about the different types of work-from-home jobs available.
Watch out for companies that ask for payments, because no legitimate company charges employees a fee for jobs. Also, a legitimate company only requires the general resume information of the applicants. A job application that asks for personal information such as Social Security number and bank account information should raise a red flag.
Be patient, and avoid sounding desperate and posting desperate applications on social media because you become an easy target for scammers by doing so. Desperation also leads to impulsive decisions and gives scammers an avenue to use high-pressure tactics on you.
A too-good-to-be-true business opportunity that involves upfront investment, sometimes substantial, is most likely a scam. Steer away from exaggerated ads that promise over-the-top salaries, because a real online job pays similar to what a traditional on-site job pays.