It can be a great thing to be able to work from home. Not having to commute can be a very attractive prospect for some people and others may not be able to leave the home for long periods perhaps due to having young children or caring for relatives. However, many people may think that all of the opportunities for earning money from home are scams and it is true that there are many out there, but there are also some genuine opportunities as well. Therefore it is useful to understand how to tell the difference.

Firstly, it is worth thinking about the saying ‘if it looks to good to be true; it probably is’. This is very much the case with working from home. Realistically there is not a lot of money to be made and you may have to work for below the minimum wage as you will be working casually and possibly for companies based abroad. If you are prepared to put the hours in and you find some decent employers then you will have a better chance of doing well.

In order to avoid the scam sites, you will need to make sure that you trust the sites that you use. In order to do this it is best to find people that have already successfully used the sites. You could start by asking family and friends as they may have used sites to earn money online and have some ideas for you. If you have no luck there, then there are places online that you can look. Trusted and well-respected money message boards such as the one on Money saving expert can be a good place to start. You can also find websites and blogs which have information about how to earn online. Look at a selection of them and only sign up to sites and commit to earning opportunities once you are confident that you can trust that the site is reliable and that it will pay you.

There are a lot of genuine sites out there offering many different ways to earn such as freelance work, virtual assistant work, answering surveys, cash back and many other things. Take a look at the range of jobs available so that when you choose, you know exactly what your options are and you are able to pick the work that is most suitable for you. Make sure that you find out how much they are paying and what work you will be expected to do to earn the money. Also find out how often they pay out, as they may not pay after each job, but perhaps pay monthly or once you have accrued a certain amount of earnings. As they tend to all work slightly differently it is best to find this out first so that you know what to expect from that particular company. You may not mind waiting to be paid from some as long as you are paid more quickly from others or you may prefer to be paid quickly from every job and therefore may need to be choosier about which opportunities you sign up for.