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I get several emails a month from wonderful people just trying to make ends meet. Many of them have read about my work as a freelancer and blogger in magazines. (All You did a wonderful feature on my family this year.) They write to me with questions on how to get started, and some of them even have a "program" in mind that they think will help them in their success. What do I tell those who come to me with a sure-fire way to excel? I point them to my tips for spotting work at home job scams!
While I can't reprint the article it its entirety here, I can share some main points of the piece, useful for anyone who wants to make money blogging, writing, or doing virtually anything from home:
- Avoid programs that come to you unsolicited through email, phone, or postal mail
- Stay away from bold promises, delivered by landing pages
- Limited time + limited offers = limited success
- Google searches come up bad.... really bad
- Any monkey can do the job? Probably not worth it.
- No one has succeeded.... yet.. so what makes you think that you can?