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Pitfalls On The Way To Paradise

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Posted 27th February 2012 at 03:57 PM by PattC

Starting a business is not all glitz and glamour. You will have expenses along the way, and if the business is your only income, you might need to find a job while you’re working out the kinks.

I can place myself in this category, and since I can only work from home due to physical limitations, it’s tricky to find the perfect job. I had a job with a content mill, which required some data entry work, and submission of written articles. I enjoyed the data entry part of the job, but stopped submitting articles because the so-called copy editors enjoyed sticking it to the writers, and found great joy in rejecting our hard work. All the sudden, the company crashed, and fired most of the staff. On the one hand, I thought, good riddance you creeps, but on the other hand, the money was nice.

In my search to create income from home, I’ve encountered some very shady job offers. You might have received one of these scam artist specials. I receive an email from Prince Iman from Nigeria, offering me a job he swears no one should turn down. This is a miracle, how could this guy know I was looking for work? All I have to do is receive a package, wait for a check, mail it, and keep 10% for myself. Ok, so far so good. The check clears the bank, and I’m a rich woman. Oops, a few days later the check bounces, my account is bled dry, and I’m in big trouble.

Since the economy has tanked big time, people are desperate for work, and often fall prey to a scam. I was reading an ad this morning that promised $5,000-$10,000 a month, saying that this would be the easiest money you ever made. All you had to do was click the link. I didn’t click the link because that is a good way to get a computer virus, but I was very interested in reading the comments. People were asking to be contacted, and one person gave three different email choices.

Don’t let the scam artists win. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is something to steer clear of. You can find legitimate jobs online, but you’ll have to put in the legwork, and do your own research.

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