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From the Email Bag -- Home-Based
Jobs on Craigslist
Dear Rat Race Rebellion: I recently began searching for home-based jobs
on Craigslist, and I found many leads. I also see many Craigslist leads
on other work-at-home websites. Why don't you ever list their jobs on
your website? - Melinda in Spokane, Wash.
Dear Melinda: Craigslist is a great resource for many things, and it is
one of the Internet's enduring success stories. But the site has also
attracted many con artists, and the "scam ratio" among the home-based
job leads there is quite high.
According to our research, the scam ratio among home-based job ads
online in general is 60 to 1. In other words, for every 61 leads you
see, one will be legitimate. On Craigslist, however, we estimate the
scam ratio at over 100 to 1. Also, because many of the job listings on
Craigslist are anonymous, it's often difficult if not impossible to
evaluate the hirer behind the lead.
Dear Rat Race Rebellion: I wear several hats in the small startup where
I work, and one of them is "in-house tech expert." The problem is, I
don't have an information technology background, and I feel like I'm in
over my head. Because we're online all the time, I especially worry
about all the viruses and malware out there. Where can I keep track of
new threats and get advice on how to counter or avoid them? - Daniel in
Dear Daniel: Fortunately, there are some "white hats" out there to help
protect us from all the "black hats" who want to hack our computers.
One expert we recommend is Brian Krebs, who reports on viruses and
other threats at Krebsonsecurity.com. You might also check out Tech
Republic's security channel at Techrepublic.com.
Dear Rat Race Rebellion: I'm a high school teacher who was laid off
last year. I haven't been able to find a job in my school district, but
I've heard that some companies are hiring teachers and tutors to work
from home. Do you know anything about that? - Elizabeth in Detroit,
Dear Elizabeth: The trend toward online learning is growing steadily,
led by colleges and universities, who find low-overhead virtual courses
more profitable than their onsite counterparts. Gradually, K-12 systems
are offering more online options, too.
The online tutoring movement has also grown, fueled by rising
competition for seats in good universities. The international spread of
the Internet is pushing the trend, too, as students and working adults
from Asia and other regions hire U.S. tutors and instructors in such
subjects as conversational English.
For possible jobs and assignments, see such sites as
ConnectionsAcademy.com, Tutor.com and Idapted.com.
Christine Durst and Michael Haaren are leaders in the work-at-home
movement and advocates of de-rat-raced living. Their latest book is
"Work at Home Now," a guide to finding home-based jobs. They offer
additional guidance on finding home-based work at
www.RatRaceRebellion.com. To read features by other Creators Syndicate
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