ABC News recently ran an article about working out of the home (http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/CareerManagement/story?id=2441875&page=1). The home-based businesses have become a big hit lately, particularly with women who want to work but want to stay at home with the kids as well. The article touched upon a few jobs and scams that are currently out there for moms looking to build an income from within the walls of their homes.
According to the article, medical transcriptionists can earn up to $40,000 per year after a year´s worth of training, which can be done online or through a community college. However, learning to transcribe is like learning a foreign language, so it does take hard work to get through the classes. Also, the job pays better if you are quick and efficient, so speed and accuracy are a must.
You´ll find a lot of ads for becoming a mystery shopper. Do they pay? According to the article you can make a little money and some perks if you are a mystery shopper, though the jobs are not steady and shouldn´t be considered as a real income. As a note, I signed up to do some mystery shopping once, but every time a job was sent my way it was stated in the job that I had to have already been on a job in order to apply for that one. I never did get a job with the company and I eventually deleted their emails. However, I have a friend who has done mystery shopping and had a steady flow of work. Again, it wasn´t a high paying profession by any means, but she had some interesting assignments, such as pretending to be a homeowner and going to a house model to check it out for certain things. She did this job on the side for the extra money and perks.
Lastly, the article mentions envelope stuffing. Chances are even if you are not looking for a work at home opportunity you´ve seen these ads in the back of magazines and online. The article implicitly states that these are scams. You pay money out but don´t make money unless you get someone else to sign up. The journalist covering the story never received actual work from the companies.
Keep in mind this one tip-you should never, ever have to pay to get a job.
So yes, there are legitimate jobs out there, but they aren´t the ones that require you to pay a large amount of money upfront and they generally aren´t the "easiest´ jobs to get. You have to have some type of training or go through some type of training specific to that company in order to get the job.