Money Talks News: Legitimate Work From Home Jobs

"Thank you for calling. My name's Karen. How can I help you today?"

"I don't have to get in my car. I don't have to think do I have gas? I don't think am I going to be on time?

You know, how's the traffic? I don't have to think of all these things that make you anxious in the morning typically. Plus I don't like mornings. (laughs)"

Karen Fishman's been working from home as a customer service rep for three years. She works shifts that fit her schedule and says it's a win-win for both her and the company.

People ask me all the time how to find a legitimate work from home job. It's one of the most common questions I get. And you know, it's really difficult because unlike many things, you can't just do a web search. There are so many questionable sites out there. But if you're willing to put in the work, you can actually find the work. Here are some tips to get started:

First, some warnings. Avoid any opportunity that requires you to pay big money upfront: the more they want, the more suspicious you should be.

Next, look for an established company, with specific contact info, not just a blind ad. Check every company with the BBB, and do a web search for reviews and complaints.

Finally, ask questions: work expectations, records you'll keep, how you'll be paid and how your performance will be measured.

So now you know what to look out for. But what about what to look for? How do you find legitimate work from home?

First, check your local employment office for telecommuting opportunities. Next, if you have a special skill, such as teaching or audio transcription, register with a web site that can get you that type of work. Finally, use trusted sites to look for work, and avoid pop-up ads.

Bottom line... finding a work-from-home job can be a job in itself. But it can be done.

What you need is the right resources, and we've compiled a list of exactly that. Just go to and do a search for "work from home."

For Money Talks News, I'm Stacy Johnson.