Best Safe Online Jobs

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Online jobs are a great way to earn money while forgoing a commute and office pressures. There are, however, plenty of get-rich scams and other schemes that do not pay you for your hard work. Some scams can also be ploys to steal your identity or steal your money. Here's how to decrease your chances of getting scammed while working online.

Teaching

  • Tutoring or teaching jobs online are usually safe, especially if you teach for an established university or tutoring company. Popular online universities that hire educators to work online include the University of Phoenix, Capella University and Walden University. Typical qualifications to work as an online university instructor include having a master's degree and teaching experience. If you are interesting in teaching or tutoring and you do not have a master's degree, you may be interested in tutoring. Tutor.com, a well-known online tutoring company, hires tutors with a bachelor's degree. You will be asked to take an online skills assessment in math or English, depending on what subject area that you are interested in tutoring.

Teaching High School

  • Certified teachers may opt to teach online for an online school. Several states have online schools for public school students. The schools may be affiliated with your public school system, making it a safe online job option. You must be certified in the state with which you would like to teach.

Freelance Writing

  • Getting paid to blog entries or other types of articles online is a safe way to make extra money or earn a living if you are a talented writer. The best online writing gigs are affiliated with websites or print publications with good track records. Look for well-known companies, like Demand Studios, and Internet Brands, that hire writers to write about a variety of topics. Check the reference list below for job boards that usually list the best online writing gigs.

Customer Service

  • Most people who work online tend to look for customer service positions. There are some well-known companies that are known to hire work-from-home customer service workers. Companies like 1-800-Flowers and JetBlue Airlines. Reputable customer service jobs will require you to participate in a training program. You may be asked to purchase a headset, and you will are likely to be required to have a computer with a high speed internet connection.

Notes About Safe Jobs

  • A safe company will ask you to sign a contract and complete tax forms. Work at home workers on forums like WAHM.com often discuss work at home leads. People who use the forum openly discuss their experience working from home and they warn others about scams.

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