Thursday, May 28, 2009

Typing Scams and Data Entry Scams - How to Avoid Them

Typing Scams and Data Entry Scams - How to Avoid Them

Copyright © 2008 Leva Duell

There are many freelance typing jobs available for home-based typists.

Here are some tips to help you find home typing work and avoid misleading typing scams.

1. Avoid data entry scams. These home job typing scams are represented as filling out forms, data entry typing jobs, data entry jobs, data entry typing business opportunities, or freelance data entry jobs. They are affiliate programs disguised as data entry jobs. They are not real typing jobs.

You will not get paid for each form you fill out. Instead, you will spend advertising fees and will be typing ads to promote affiliate products. You only get paid when you sell any products.

You will be typing ads and each time someone clicks on your ad through Google, Yahoo or other search engine, you have to pay a fee, even if the click through does not result in a sale. If you visit about 20 different web sites with different urls, you'll find the same or similar content and pictures and income images.

2. Avoid any typing jobs at home that promise that you'll make money fast and require no experience. Real typing jobs require typing skills and getting clients for freelance typing services does not happen overnight.

3. Stay away from email processing. Those are not legit typing jobs. They'll promise that you'll get paid $15-$20 for every email you process. Instead of processing email, you'll have to sell those programs to other people. And the training materials that are supposed to teach you how to process email will tell you how to sell the same materials to someone else for $15-$20.

4. Avoid paid surveys. Typing paid surveys can provide you with some extra pocket money but the income potentials are overstated and those are not real typing jobs.

5. Don't buy lists of companies providing you with typing jobs. They usually don't have typing work for you and they won't even know that they are on those lists as typing work providers. You're better off compiling your own list of prospects.

6. Classified ad typing jobs are a variation of the data entry jobs. You'll still be selling affiliate programs. If you don't want to pay advertising, you will submit ads to free classified sites and spend a lot of time doing so.

Entrepreneurs and companies are looking for people to post their ads on classified sites. They will typically pay you per ad you post. Those ads will be a lot more specific as to what the company wants you to do. You can typically find those kind of ad posting jobs in classified sites and job sites.

7. Visit job sites and job boards that specialize in postings legitimate jobs. These include WAHM, Elance, and MediaBistro.

8. Some people recommend searching the top classifieds sites daily for new home typing job. Classified sites like Craigslist and Backpage may have listings for work at home jobs. You may find something there but the better way of getting typing jobs through classified ad sites is by posting your own ads offering typing services to business and entrepreneurs.

9. Contact webmasters. Publishers of web sites often need home typists to typing their web content. Look for home typing jobs at job sites that are targeted to webmasters such as Scriptlance and Rentacoder and visit webmaster forums.

10. Visit freelance sites, networks, communities and forums to find job postings for freelance typing work and writing jobs.

11. The best way to get typing work from home is by becoming an independent contractor or freelancer and finding your own clients. Start a secretarial service or become a virtual assistant. As a secretarial service, you will get typing work from businesses and entrepreneurs, such as typing letters, creating form letters, typing addresses, reports, invoices, proposals and other documents.

Companies and entrepreneurs realize that hiring subcontractors who can perform typing work from home will lower their overhead and save them money. Hiring a home-based typist, secretarial service or virtual assistant reduces their overhead costs because they don't have to hire employees.

With many entrepreneurs, home businesses and webmasters are outsourcing typing work to home-based typists. Freelance typing services such as secretarial services and va services have become one of the fastest growing businesses today.

There is plenty of home typing work available. You just have to know how to get it and you have to be able to distinguish between legitimate typing work and typing scams.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Avoid Work At Home Scams

Copyright © 2008 Leva Duell

Working at home is attractive for many people, from stay at home moms, students, retired people, to seniors. While some work at home opportunities are legitimate, many are scams. Unfortunately, many people are going to fall for home business opportunity scams and lose their hard earned money.

So, how do you know the legitimate work at home jobs from the scams?

Research any home-based business opportunity you are considering before purchasing. Do your homework before paying for any work at home business opportunity.

Here are some tips to help you distinguish the good from the bad work at home opportunities and avoid home business scams:

1. Look for a name. If you cannot find the seller's name on the website, steer clear. If they don’t want you to know who they are, you can’t contact them after they got your money.

2. Look for contact information. Legitimate companies will give you their contact information. Is there a phone number? Use caution if you see a free email account from Yahoo, Hotmail or Gmail, especially if they don't provide a phone number. If someone is using a P.O. Box and free email account, they are hiding their identity.

3. Do they answer email messages? If they're not answering your questions before your purchase, they won't answer them after they got your money.

4. Visit message boards, work at home message forums and mailing lists and ask about the company. Use the forum search function to search for the product name, company name, seller's name, and web site url. Check what people are saying about the program or product you're considering. If the work at home is a scam people are going to talk about it.

5. Check web sites that specialize in reporting work at home scams. Victims of work-at-home scam often report there how they were scammed.

6. Visit review sites but don't believe everything they're saying. Many sellers and affiliates put up reviews sites and review their own products. They are often negative about one work at home opportunity to look trustworthy and then recommend their own product.

7. Check the refund policy and payment processor. When paying through Clickbank for example, you are protected by a two month money back guarantee, regardless of the merchant you're buying from.

8. Closely read the web site or ad and examine the offer. Check the facts. Know exactly what you'll get - especially if they charge start-up fees for software, supplies, memberships, or lists of hiring companies. Get in touch with the seller, ask questions. A legitimate company will tell you exactly what you will get, what you will be doing, and for whom you'll work. If their answers are vague and elusive, or if they don't answer your questions, steer clear.

Here are some good questions to ask before buying a work at home program.

* Will the company employ you directly? Or you do get a list of companies that will provide you with work?
* What kind of work will you be required to do?
* Are they going to provide you with customers? Or do you have to find your own customers?
* What exactly will you get? Are they selling a book, software, training, or supplies?
* Will you be paid a regular salary or paid a commission? When will you get paid?
* Who will pay you?
* Will there be additional fees? What is the total amount you'll pay, including membership fees, administrative fees, equipment and supplies?

Use common sense. Avoid any business opportunities that make claims that sound too good and too easy to be true. Operating a home-based business requires work, skill, good products or services, and time to make a profit. If an ad or web site promises unrealistic income for easy work that doesn't require experience or skills, watch out and be wary -- especially for jobs you would expect to need experience for, like typing or data entry.

There are good work home at home opportunities available. If you follow these tips and use common sense, you'll avoid work at home scams and will find a legitimate work at home opportunity that is right for you.


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