How to Find a Legitimate Work-From-Home Job

There are many reasons you might be looking to work from home. Maybe you have young kids, and you want to work while keeping an eye on them. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of running your own company and starting an online business at home is the way to get there. Maybe you have a spouse who is your household’s primary breadwinner and you just need a little extra cash. Or maybe you need a lot of extra cash to kill off some debt with a side gig.

Whatever your reasons to search for work-from-home jobs, they’re out there. But there are plenty of work-from-home ads out there that will just lead to your losing a lot of money. So a good rule of thumb is to not pay any service that promises you work; they’re supposed to pay you. You also will want to heavily research any company you aren’t familiar with before you start working with them. If a business looks suspect, at least run it by some friends and family first.

Here are some tried and true ways to find legitimate work-from-home jobs.

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If you just want some quick money …

There’s always eBay. Sure, it probably won’t be permanent, unless you set up a business on eBay, but while you’re looking for work-from-home jobs, you could be earning money by selling the junk (er, nice stuff that you have) around your home that you no longer want. Chances are, you have gently worn clothing or perhaps gifts that you didn’t want and never got around to regifting or antiques that you’ve stored in the basement. You could put them up for sale on eBay.

Sarah Davis, a Carlsbad, California resident who owns Fashionphile.com, which sells pre-owned luxury handbags, says that she has sold odds and ends around the home whenever she needs extra money.

“In our family, we call eBay our rich aunt,” Davis says. “Some families have someone, where if money gets tight, they can just pick up the phone or send a text and get a few bucks when needed. We don’t have that. So what we have done since the late ’90s is dig around the house and find something to list.”

Davis says that she did this a lot when she was making ends meet in law school, and the experience she gained selling things on eBay ultimately helped her launch her own business.

If you want some extra money, every month …

Become a dog-sitter. Sure, it sounds kind of out there, but if you love animals, this could be a fun way to earn some extra, occasional or regular money. People in your community can find you through a site like the Rover.com, where…

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