Valerie emails: Farnoosh, how can you tell if an online job is legit? Where can I find safe online work?
Well, if you’re ever unsure about an online job posting -- and there are countless scams out there -- my first tip is to do an online search for the company to see what has been written about it, using the company’s name and the word “scam” or “fraud.”
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Also, check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if there’ve been any complaints filed. And if any company requires you to pay any money or a fee in order to secure the job, let that be clear notice that they’re up to no good.
And as we’ve covered on Financially Fit, some popular websites to find legitimate work include Tutor.com, where online tutors can earn as much as $14 per hour.
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At elance.com freelancers can make anywhere from $100 writing bios for web sites, or as much as $25,000 developing a mobile app. And Taskrabbit.com is great for those who enjoy running errands for neighbors and tasks pay around $40 to $50 each.