So, as I stated here, I have been looking for an online job to supplement the editing job that I already have. Well, first of all, most of the “jobs” out there are scams. It gets more frustrating every time I search. Here are a few pointers for identifying scams:
1) If the site doesn’t have good English, good grammar, or good spelling, think twice.
2) Dr. Google. Either Google the site’s name, or Google, “site’s name scam” (for example, “online income solution scam”).
3) Check Snopes.
4) Do they charge you money in order to use their site? If yes, think twice. You shouldn’t have to pay someone in order to work for them.
5) Is the site well-organized and well thought out? Many sites that are run by scammers are, but many are not.
6) What exactly is the job for? What will you be doing? If they do not specify what your job will be, it is a red flag.
7) Read their Terms and Conditions. If they are not clear, take that to be a warning sign.
8) Are they rated by the Better Business Bureau? If not, why not? If yes, what is their rating?
9) Make sure any logos or external links that are displayed on the site actually work.
10) If it sounds too good to be true, then it often is.
Obviously, there are some exceptions to these rules. It all boils down to doing your homework carefully. For me, the first thing I look at is the level of the English. In real life, if you don’t have a good reason not to speak or write proper English, I can’t respect you as much. I know it sounds stupid, but I just can’t. If English is your mother tongue (here I let all my Israeli friends off the hook – they just have to speak and write a decent Hebrew), and you still can’t speak it properly, much less write it properly, then there is something wrong. Either you never paid attention in school, or you are stupid. And by stupid, I mean the common usage of the word: a stupid person is someone who expects that he won’t land in jail if he employs illegal immigrants, or some other such thing.
But, really? You want me to do business with you, but you can’t even take the time and effort to be professional? You want me to do business with you, and give you personal information, but you never bothered learning word order? Give me a break!