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There are more than enough opportunities for the entrepreneurs who are looking to use the internet to make money online while staying at home to actually do so. While it is always nice to have options, the internet is unfortunately polluted with scams and programs that are nothing more than a waste of time. To help you distinguish the good from the bad, here are some signs of legitimate working-at-home opportunities.

The number one thing you want to look for in an online company is honesty. It is amazing how many programs there are that guarantee you success and tell you that you will be making thousands of dollars right off the bat. This is a guarantee that no company can make as every entrepreneur has a different work ethic. With that in mind, look for programs that tells you that it will be a lot of work and inform you that with the right mindset and dedication, you can reach success.

Something that should be obvious is a company that is willing to provide you guidance about the program and how it can lead you to make profits. A lot of scams go on and on about how much money you will make on the sales page and completely forego mentioning what you will be doing to make the money. Never sign up for anything until you know exactly what it is that you will be selling, promoting or doing to make money online.

If you were to apply for a job in the real world, ideally there would be some kind of training to help you get going and the same holds true for working from home. Whether it is in the form of video tutorials, e-books, or an online guide, the company you sign with should offer training and support.

One of the obvious signs of a legitimate opportunity is whether the creator or someone within the company is willing to talk to you and answer your questions. Never sign up with a company where people hide behind their company name. You want to know that if you have questions or concerns, someone will be there to answer them.

The final tip to help you find legitimate working at home opportunities is to ask around. There is no better way to find out about a company other than to ask people who have dealt with them. Forums are always a great place to start and from there you can ask people what they know about the company in blogs, on Twitter, Facebook and any other avenue you can think of.

— The reader is an Emirati director of human resources based in Dubai