Work From Home – Is it Legitimate?

Work Online From Home – Legitimate Way to Make Money?

My recent failed attempt to run ads on Facebook to promote my work from home page got me thinking about the state of working from home in general.  The problem came about when I gave in to Facebook’s suggestion that I run ads on their site in order to get more likes for my page.  I’ve done that before, and it does bring results, so I set up a campaign, hoping to get a few hundred likes for my page and in turn, a few more visitors to this site.

work from home scam?The problem came up with Facebook unexpectedly told me that they would not approve my ad, because:

Ads for “work from home”, get rich quick and other inaccurate money-making opportunities that offer compensation for little or no investment aren’t allowed on Facebook. This includes pyramid schemes or other money-making business models which do not fully explain any product or opportunity that makes a claim of income.

That’s pretty broad, and it also tends to condemn pretty much everyone who chooses to work anywhere but an office or a formal place of business.  If you’ve visited this site, you’ll know that I don’t promote “pyramid schemes” or “get rich quick” opportunities, I expose them for the frauds that they are.  Nevertheless, my page on Facebook as well as this site has been dismissed, out of hand, by Facebook as simply an attempt to rip off their site members in such way.  They never even bothered to check to see what I actually am doing, even when I asked them to do so.  For them, the phrase “work from home“, means the exact same thing as “pyramid scheme.”  Why is that?

What Does Work From Home Mean?

After all, “work from home” could mean a lot of things.  If you make furniture for a living, you could be doing that from home, and you’re not likely to be ripping people off, nor will most people assume that if you tell them what you do for a living.  The implication that you’re taking advantage of people when you use the phrase “work from home” seem to be tied explicitly to using the phrase to describe anything that will allow people to make money on the Internet, or at least anything that uses the Internet to tell people how they might earn a living while working from home.

winning in the cash flow business scamObviously, this has come about because there are a lot of scams out there, and not just those related to Internet moneymaking.  This started years ago with advertising on late-night television for programs such as Russ Dalbey’s Winning in the Cash Flow Business, which suggested that just about anyone could earn tens of thousands of dollars in an afternoon with just a modest investment in the course.

The price wasn’t modest, however, and Dalbey eventually coerced people into spending thousands of dollars on course materials that weren’t particularly useful, as buying and selling promissory notes is really best suited to either corporations or people with a lot of money with which to work.  Dalbey was just taking advantage of people’s desire to make a lot of money while doing little work and it caught up with him.  Eventually, he was sued by the FTC and he was ordered to pay up $330 million in restitution.  He wasn’t alone; there were dozens of other programs that advertised heavily on both television and the Internet about how easy it is to make money doing this or that.

I saw a commercial a while back for a business that involved setting up machines that rent DVDs and video games, similar to the ubiquitous Redbox.  This program, called DVD Now, gives the impression that you an earn thousands by setting up these boxes, while failing to point out that:

1. The machines are expensive, at about $20,000 each.
2. That it costs thousands of dollars to fill the machines with discs.
3. That you’ll likely have to share your revenues with the owner of the location where you place your machines.
4. That you’ll have a lot of trouble finding a suitable place for a machine that doesn’t already have a Redbox machine there

In short, it’s a really hard way to make money, even if you do get to work from home.  People see ads like this and they see dollar signs.  I get it.  People are motivated by greed, both in terms of being buyers of moneymaking programs and in terms of being sellers of those same programs.  That does not, however, mean that any idea relating to working from home is automatically a scam.  There are hundreds, or even thousands, of ways to legitimately earn a living working from home and I set up this site to inform people of how it can be done while at the same time attempting to steer people away from the programs that only exist to steal their money.

work from home - offer helpAs someone who has been self-employed for the better part of the last thirty years, I am a bit miffed that Facebook and others will dismiss out of hand anything designed to help people work online from home.  While the economy is recovering, there are still a lot of people who are either out of work or are underemployed.  Anything that helps people generate income from home is a help to the overall economy and there are plenty of opportunities out there for people who are genuinely willing to work for it.  I don’t mean “make easy cash” or earning “autopilot profits”; I’m talking about creating Websites with useful tips, informative content, thorough and honest reviews and a number of other ways that you can work online from home and help people.  That might come in the form of providing them with useful information or in the form of directing them to products that might make their lives better.

Work From Home Summary

It’s a shame that the phrase “work from home” has become tainted, as it’s actually a great way to earn a living.  You have less stress, more control over what you’re doing and often, a lot more free time than you had before.  It’s a great way to earn a living, provided that you can find a good, honest method of generating income that works for you.  If you don’t know where to start, a good place would be to join Wealthy Affiliate, an online training program.   Wealthy Affiliate will show you, through video tutorials and easy to follow lessons, how to build an online business from scratch.  They have a helpful user forum and a good help desk, too.

If you’re frustrated with your job and you want to work from home, it can be done, and it can be done without participating in a scam.


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