I can't find any honest at home work or business. Is anything for real?

Everything I check out is a scam for work at home jobs or businesses. I don't believe in get rich schemes, just want to start something that will help me out when I retire, my company dropped our pension program. You can't live on social security very well. I'm pretty computer savy. I'm appalled at how many seaches on ripoff reports or scambusters shoot down companies I look at. Please help: I'm running out of time. Thanks to all!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    They "dropped" your pension program? What's going on with this company?

    A home based "job" is not going to bring you a sufficient amount of income. You will only be paid minimum wage. Most companies don't feel they need to pay anyone more then that because their gas cost is eliminated. What people don't realize, what about your spouse? Do they still have to drive to work every day? Grocery shopping, outings, and things like that are still going to cost gas. If your married and you have a minimum waged job, pretty much your entire pay check will be going to your spouse's gas tank with the gas prices these days. Then you still have the normal bills you need to pay each month as well, food, utilities, mortgage (rent for most people). Think about how much money you spend in that alone? If you need more income, I don't see how a minimum wage home "job" is going to cut it then.

    You'll find a lot of links to surveys. Survey's are not what you think. They require a lot of time, and you won't make what they claim you will. A couple of my friends did a six month test on several different survey sites like Survey Savvy, Harris Poll, Greenfield, Opinion Outpost, Survey Sport, Buzzback, NPD online, Lightspeed Panel, African American, Your2Cents, Project Payday, Inboxdollar, SnapDollars,Send Earnings, Creation, mycoke rewards, E-poll etc. Each did some the same sites and some different sites. Totaling at least 15 - 20 a piece. They're not what people say they are. Yes they are easy to do and you can receive money and prizes, compensating you for your time and effort. So they're not a scam. They're very time consuming though. When you add the time together, It's more time then you think! If you do decide to get into surveying, you better plan on spending 8 to 10 hours a day and make minimum wage. Sometimes you will hit good surveys that will pay you a lot, but what's required to get that is amount, the calculations of the time involved, and what you got paid in these "higher" paying surveys, still only averages out to minimum wage. It's a psychological thing because the time is spread out on these, so it doesn't seem to be as long as it really is. But we did the documentation's and figured the time vs money factor. We found that there was more time with little money to be made.

    Here's how the survey's work. You spend approximately 10 to 15 minutes per each site to register and set up a profile to qualify for surveys. (this is non paid). To make anything really work, you need to register for at least 14 different ones, and make sure non are related to each other. Then you'll start receiving emails for surveys. Each survey you have to complete a 15 to 20 minute "pre-qualifying" survey, after you were already told you qualified based on your profile (you don't get paid for this) Then if you do qualify for a survey (which majority of the ones you don't qualify for. so you've wasted this 15 to 20 minutes and sometimes longer of non paid time.) Then if you don't qualify for one, they offer another and you have to do the same thing, and the same thing happens.) You waste approximately 45 minutes to an hour until you finally qualify for a survey. You take a 30 to 45 minute survey and make normally $1 to $3 a survey that they claim takes 15 minutes. Or instead of money, you earn "points" which later on can be exchanged for money or prizes. You have to earn enough points to make $10. That's not including the 15 minute pre qualifying survey, that you had to repeatedly do prior to land this survey. So you've now spent thirty minutes to an hour and made $3 or a few points. And the process between each of the survey sites is the same. So you can pretty much do the math. It averages out to be between $2 to $6 an hour. Sometimes you do come across a survey that will pay you $25 to $75 a survey, BUT there's A LOT more to it then what meets the eye on that as well.

    Here's how the larger pay out survey's work. It could be a telephone survey or a Internet survey. You get the pre qualifying part of 10 to 20 minutes then if you qualify for it another 15 to 30 minute survey or a telephone survey about the product your about to try to see if you qualify to try it. Even though you took a 10 to 20 minute "pre qualifying survey" that said you qualify for. When you qualify for it, they send you a product out to try for 7 to 10 days and you do some daily documentation's on it. Depending on what the product is and the documentation's it's usually 5 - 15 minutes each daily documentation. (you got a free product to use around the house, this is a good part of it) after trying the product out you have to complete another survey that takes between 15 to 30 minutes to do. Now you do the calculations on that. You don't get as many of these types of survey's. They use the hype on getting paid $25 to $75 dollars for 15 minute surveys. NOTICE THE PLURAL IN "SURVEYS" What they don't tell you is that there is more then one survey involved in these. Now calculate from your pre-qualifying survey to the next pre-qualifying survey from the company carrying the product, to the trial and documentation's, to the last survey on these products. Then you receive a check four weeks to six weeks later. Do the math, that's less then minimum wage!

    Another way to earn money on survey sites, is to refer people over to the sites. Some survey sites will give you a percentage on what the people do after they've reached a curtain amount of points or obtained their first check (refer back to the top of what's involved) You either get a lot of points for this, and only one time and when you reach a curtain amount of points you can exchange it for cash or prizes. (Cash amount is usually $30 before you can cash out- do the math on how many pre-qualifying surveys and the surveys you get, the time involved etc this is what it takes to earn the $30) Other survey sites you complete shorter surveys (5 to 15 minutes) and your entered into sweepstakes or lottery things for prizes or money. "Lottery"-one winner out of all the people doing survey's. If you don't win, you lose your points.

    Your best bet if you want to work from home and make a sufficient amount of money is to start your own home based business. There are so many different home based business to start up. Things from Child Daycare Centers, cooking as in catering, scrapbooking, Telecommunications, fishing charters, Candle Making, Travel agents, etc etc etc. Their are many different types of home based businesses. Most home based business cost under $500 to start. I'm going to be honest with you, when starting a business, their is no money at first. You have to build it up. No matter what business you get involved in. The more effort you put into it and how hard your willing to work it, will depend on when you start making a sufficient amount of income. The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.

    In home based businesses, depending on which one you get involved in, it usually takes about 2 to 4 weeks to start making an average income. 4 to 6 weeks to increase that.

    and 3 to 6 months to be self sufficient. If you put the time and effort into it. Most people start their business on the side if they don't have a cushion to live on while they build their business. This will allow you to build your business much quicker. But most people have full time jobs and run their business on the side. When their business reaches the income level they desire, they put their normal jobs down and continue with just their business with or without help. That part depends on you. It's easier to build a business with a product that's high in demand. Meaning not one that they can bypass your expensive product and run to the nearest store to get it cheaper when money is tight for them.

    I don't have much to go on with what your interests are, other than computer skills. So I can only try and help you out by refering you over to a few different businesses to take a look at. I'll tell you what my husband and I have had and enjoy doing for over six years now. I can also refer you over to my blog on my 360 yahoo page on "home based businesses" There are over half a dozen different ones to take a look at for more ideas.

    So here's a few things that you should take a look at before getting involved in any company.

    1. How long have they been in business? We checked to see how long our company was around, at the time it was nine years old and now it's 15. Do you know when they started?

    2. Are they registered with the BBB. Ours is registered. I think this is important one.

    3. Who's involved with the company? Like in ours Donald Trump, Robert Kiyosaki has endorsed our company. Check to see if anyone has endorsed this company. Also, meet with the co-founders. We've personally met our co-founders and found from our first meeting that they were incredible people with incredible visions. See if their's a time where you can meet them. If your going to be doing business, there should be a time where you should have the chance to meet with them.

    4. What is the compensation plan now, and what was it like before.

    See the history of the comp plan and see if increases and never decreases in it's history. We checked with the records in our business and found that in over the years, the compensation plan had only gotten better each year. As long as we've been involved, we've now witnessed the compensation plan always increasing. Check the history on yours.

    5.Have they been featured in magazine's? For instance our company has been featured in several magazines Like Success, Fortune, USA Today etc. Check to see if

    Source(s): Home based business owner for over six years
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  • 1 decade ago

    Hello, Let me try and give you some helpful tips. I feel your frustration. There are a few things that are confusing when one is searching for the perfect or at least legitimate Home-Based Business. High investment, Too much time, High Risk, and no clue how to get started. Does this sound familiar? On the flip side of that the benefits are, no income ceiling, no boss, self-satisfying , flexibility, no commuting, security- no layoffs or downsizing, tax benefits, and I'm sure you can relate to this one.... better retirement plan.

    I have a unique opportunity that is helping change people's lives. I could go on and on but I want you to check it out to see if it's right for you. As I move closer to retirement myself and realize that I need a supplement, I am so glad I found this business. Keep an open mind and heart cause you will be using both. Just remember opportunity comes on little cat's feet, while scams use a sledgehammer.

    www.twcctw.com ........(Together We Can ChangeThe World)

    www.shop4income.net....This is my personal business website. The other is the foundation that it is based on. It provides funding for non-profit organizations and allows individuals to build financial freedom. It's a totally Free system


    James Hall



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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    A online travel agency is something to seriously consider.


    It is something that you will you see or you won't. This company offers you a chance and an opportunity. This is a business where you get paid based on results. It is not a job, but it does take hard work and patience to make it a success.

    Oh by the way, those websites such as ripoffreport.com, scambusters.org and others are not reliable because they will post complaints about every company in the world.

    When you are doing your research on this company here are somethings (not all) to look for:

    1. How long has it been in business?

    2. Is there a financial disclosure statement available?


    3. Is the company regulated by the SEC?

    4. Is it a member of the DSA (Direct Sellers Association)?

    5. Is information on the founders of the company easily available on the website?

    6. Does it sell a service/product that makes sense? Not everyone will need vitamin pills or makeup, but everyone at sometime in their life will travel and so will their family and friends.

    7. Does the website provide enough information in articles, video and audio links for you to make a fair and open minded decision?

    8. Does the company have a "Bill of Rights" that promises the payment plan will not change without permission?


    9. Does website have contact info in which you can talk or email real people?

    10. Does it make any ridiculous promises that a homebase business is so easy and that you will get rich in 30 days?

    11. Is this something that you would love to do?

    12. Does the company let the public visit its main offices and meet the leaders to "kick the tires" as it were just to make sure it is a real business staffed with real people? (Red Carpet Days)

    13. Does it offer any types of health and life insurance benefits and plans?

    14. Does it offer local meetings around the country?


    15. Does the company provide certification training?


    16. Is the company expanding outside of the United States?

    Canada, Bermuda, Bahamas

    17. Does the company provide access to conference calls where the latest information is available?


    18. Does it post what is costs, somewhere on the first page instead of hiding it?

    19. Is every company perfect and without fault?

    20. Does it publish weekly reports on company news and upcoming events?


    21. If owning a online travel website is not for you, then what is your passion?

    22. Is the compensation plan copyrighted and protected?

    23. Has the company been featured in trade magazines? Success, Travel Weekly.

    24. Has it been ranked as a top company in its field, at least among the top 50?

    25. Does the company offer you a chance to become part of it for free as an option?

    26. Is it a member of the Better Business Bureau? Yes.

    27. Who are some well known people who part of the company? A well known person who is a part of your organization is far better than someone who merely endorses it.

    Robert Pack Jr. - NBA Formerly Mavericks/Nuggets) & (YTB Director)

    Peter Jensen (PJ) - NFL (YTB Level 6 Director)

    Lou Brock - Baseball - (Former St Louis Cardinals) & (YTB Director) -

    Tony Dorsett - NFL

    Jim Brown - NFL

    Ray Norton - NFL

    Dave Grayson - NFL

    James Bonecrusher Smith - (Boxing Heavyweight Champ)

    Kenny Knox - PGA

    A.C. Green - NBA (Former Lakers)

    John Salley - NBA

    Roger Staubach - NFL

    Jim McMahon - NFL

    Rod Smith - NFL (Denver Broncos)

    David John Thomas - Actor (over 100 films)

    Dan Pastorini - NFL

    Lil' Bow Wow (Rapper/Actor)

    Cedric Ceballos - NBA (Phoenix Suns)

    Baby Face (Singer/Producer)

    Charles Barkley - NBA (Former Phoenix Suns)

    Regina King (Actress)

    Randy White - NFL (Dallas Cowboy)

    Ben Crenshaw - PGA

    Venus & Serena Williams - Tennis ... and their Mom

    Randy Hundley - Baseball (Chicago Cubs)

    Eugene Lockhart - NFL - Dallas Cowboys

    Everson Walls - NFL - Dallas Cowboys

    Al Dave - NFL

    John Beck - NFL

    Ann Downing (Gospel Singer of the Downings)

    Denny Crum Hall of Fame Coach from the University of Louisville

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I agree with your frustration from all the scams and get rich quick tricks out there. I will also say that you need to look for something you like instead of looking at everything that is presented.

    I love what I do and it helped me get in shape, be healthier and really help others!

    You do not need any special training. All you need is a commitment to your own fitness program and the desire to help others.

    I make money every week and I get Free customers directly from advertising that the company does. I know you have seen the ads for Power 90, P90X, Turbo Jam or Hip Hop abs, Slim in 6 etc.

    Here's some info for you:


    The cost is so small (under $40.00 to get your business Kit and then 14.95 per month for a website).

    I can help you get started and it is real simple. The business can build itself after just a little effort on your part. Anyone can do it. You just need to support people and stay consistent with your own fitness program.

    Let me know if you want help with this. I am so happy I found something like this and get very excited to share it with people. I get paid every week and still can't believe it!

    Have a Great Day!



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  • 1 decade ago

    I can point you to a very legitimate work from home opportunity. You say you are pretty computer savvy, which is a big plus in this business. We have 3 ways to earn money from home Retail, Fund Raising, and Residual. The products are high quality and in demand. There are no quotas and you can opt out at any time. Many people in the company are earning 6 figures and they are happy to work with you so you to can be successful. Start up cost is less than $50.00 a month. If you're interested in looking into tis company go to

    www.texasscents.scent-team.com .Have questions, email me at satx728@aol.com Check it out, it might be ust what your looking for.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I have joined an at home online business that is free and open to people worldwide. It is also registered with the Better Business Bureau. It's not a get rich scheme either. I don't want to break any of the yahoo rules by posting it, so anybody that wants the website, feel free to contact me and you can check it out for yourself.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Very few real companies are going to hire a stranger to do work for them with no training or supervision. Most people who work from home either work for themselves, or have worked for a company for many years, and then had a personal situation arise that caused them to need to work from home. If they were trusted long-term employees, and if their jobs could be done remotely, the companies made accommodations.

    If you want to earn money, you will have to get a real job. You can't earn a living answering surveys (which really just collect info on you!) on the Internet. No company is going to pay good money for that when they can simply provide a survey link on their receipts and get ACTUAL CUSTOMERS to tell them what they thought of their services or products (for free!).

    Legitimate companies are not going to pay to ship materials to you, let you fold them stuff them or address them, and then pay for you to ship them back to them. How would that possibly make financial sense?

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  • 1 decade ago

    you might try using a program like google adsense for example. if you have a website or web page that gets a lot of traffic, google adsense puts ads on your page that are related to whatever you choose to write about. When people visit your page and / or click on an add you "get" paid. It's 100 % legit and free.. many people use it.. the only problem is finding something that people are interested in.. and finding a way to make your page special..

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Take a look at this site, this is a great program with a reputable business, It is not a get rich quick scheme and will definitely take some work, training and help from team is great:


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Try https://nter.wwdb.biz and for User Name use Webtour. For Password use Learn. On the next page in the green area click on View as Flash or View as Webpage. After viewing the Webtour, go to https://nter.mychoices.biz You don't need an ID number or a password for this site. After browsing the website, you can click on Business Opportunity at the very bottom on the right.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Below is a link to guide that will show you step-by-step how you can set up your own legitimate & viable online, home based business - for nothing, ie no investment needed except for a computer & internet connection.

    It probably won't create instant wealth for you but it can return a very decent income, depending on your commitment & effort.

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