With almost every business expanding its operations through the internet today, it’s no wonder that we see almost all sorts of jobs posted online. And while many of these could help you earn and even build a career, many online jobs could also just waste your time, effort, and even that which you want to earn?money.

So how do you sort the good job offers from the not-so-trustworthy ones? Here are a few guidelines on what to avoid when grabbing online job opportunities.

Promises that are too good to be true. Employers looking for employees make their job opening advertisements catchy and enticing. They put every benefit and positive point that an applicant would want to get in the job. Unfortunately, not all job ads should be trusted down to their last word. Some would talk about overblown salary rates and benefits, saying for example, you can earn thousands of dollars every week. Not that there are no jobs that pay that high, but come on, we need to be realistic. It’s very rare to find such kinds of job on the internet.

Sign-up and start up fees. If you’re a regular internet surfer, you might have probably seen web sites and paid advertisements saying you can earn this much amount of money if you sign up with them. But chances are, once you click their sign-up or register button, you will be asked to fill in not only your personal information, but also your credit card for their sign up fee. Most of these sign up fees cost only less than a hundred bucks, so why should you be scrupulous about them? You see, the thing here is you are looking to earn money online, so in some way it’s sort of contradictory if you’ll be asked to pay any fees. The same goes for job offers that ask you to pay for so called start up fees and start up kits.

A little disclaimer though, not all companies that ask for start up and sign up fees are mere bogus entities that won’t really help you earn. There are some that require registration fees to somehow insure the credibility of transactions between their clients and their service providers or employees. Before paying such fees though, be sure you have understood how the company works and what you will be doing for it.

Job description and qualifications for applicants. When it comes to job ads, there’s nothing catchier and more attractive than a high numerical figure for salary and a line that says “No experience needed.” They don’t only tell your brain outright that you can earn big money, but they also give you the illusion (which you might believe at least for a millisecond) that you are already qualified for the job. Again, be critical of what you’re told. If the job posting seems too good to be true and does not even explain what your responsibilities will be, then better be careful with it. Or don’t mind it at all.

There are many jobs online that pay well and don’t involve doing illegitimate or unethical things. It’s not hard to find them. You just need to research a bit so sort through the not-so-good ones.

Until Next Time,

Joshua Shoemaker

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