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Craigslist.org is one of those resources that is both great and terrible. When used ethically and responsibly, people can buy and sell a variety of products and services. But as with most free resources, there are always a few people who use Craigslist.org for deception and illegal activities. The category of work-at-home jobs is no exception. You can find a host of legitimate freelance and telecommuting jobs in nearly every city on Craigslist.org, but you have to beware of the scams as well. Here are some tips for finding legitimate work-at-home jobs on Craigslist.org:
1) Start with a city near you and choose “Jobs” on the drop down list. Click the > button to start your search.
2) On the results page, click the box that says “Telecommute” underneath the keyword search term box. This may end up removing some jobs that can be done at home that weren’t labeled telecommute.
3) If any of the jobs in the list ask for money to get started or involve envelope stuffing, email processing or using your personal bank account to help the company do business, ignore it. In fact, you can use the button at the top of the page to report it to Craigslist.org.
4) Any announcement that says “Typing”, “Data Entry” or “Clerical” should be considered suspect. You can look at it, but use a critical eye as these jobs are usually scams.
5) Some jobs indicate that telecommuting is okay, when I’m not sure it is. I don’t know why some employers check the telecommuting box when they want an onsite employee, but they do. So read the job description carefully. Let the employer know that the telecommuting option was marked on the job announcement when you apply.
6) Although many jobs require you to live locally, many can be done anywhere, so consider doing job searches in other cities. Start with cities near you, then search other cities in your state. Search large cities throughout the United States as well.
7) Do your due diligence when researching companies and replying to jobs. The only one screening jobs on Craigslist.org is you. So while there are many great opportunities posted, it’s up to you to protect yourself from the scams.