“Would you like to get rich quick? Would you like to retire at 21 years old? Would you like to live in a CASTLE and sip champagne, surrounded by supermodels for the next forty years? All you need to do is sign up to my email list and watch this extraordinarily long sales pitch video?”

Ok, time to get serious. I am of course mocking the get rich quick scams and these so called ‘experts’ and their ludicrous sales techniques. Maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but I can’t be the only one who gets seriously frustrated by them.

What are get rich quick scams?

For the past few years I’ve been searching the jobs market for freelance and self employed employment opportunities. Jobs you can do from home. Jobs you can do on the go. Hours of employment you can pick up on an ad hoc basis.

And anyone who’s been on a similar journey to me will know the marketplace is absolutely saturated with this kind of nonsense.

For the genuine jobseeker, it can be a demoralising task. To have to wade through all the ‘work from home’ opportunities hitting constant brick walls and going down avenues that lead to nothing.

What you’ll probably also do in the process is end up giving your email address to lots of different sites and marketeers who promise to send you a bona fide list of employers. But what they actually do is fill your inbox with spam. Great.

It’s these guys and their poor, misleading content that have motivated me to get started myself. To write a blog that discusses genuine remote and freelance ways of working, without all that unverifiable nonsense about how much money they’ve made and how they drive a Ferrari.

And, unlike get rich quick scams, I certainly don’t have all the answers. I’m just interested in the subject and maybe I can help a little along the way.

If there’s a freelance opportunity out there that I think is poor, I’ll say so. And if there are opportunities out there that seem genuinely productive or fulfilling, I’ll say so as well.

Although it’s obviously not true in practice, I’d hope that was the goal of every serious blog. To inform, to educate and maybe even to entertain. But certainly not to mislead.

How can I avoid a get rich quick scam?

Okay, so nobody wants to be duped or have their time wasted. I’m sure we’re all in agreement with that. So the first thing to do is lower your expectations.

“But wait, I really want to get rich quick!”

Well, you aren’t going to! Sorry to break it to you. I don’t blame anyone for being taken in, or mislead, by the promise of riches for very little work. Anyone in a financial predicament or struggling to find meaningful, secure work is bound to be seduced by what appears to be their dream job.

The fact of the matter is though, they don’t really exist. Nobody is going to pay you £20 an hour to watch Youtube all day and you’re not going to make a genuine living from answering 2 minute surveys or rating your favourite dog.

That’s not to say there are aren’t opportunities out there to make a little money on a side by completing a few tasks here or there, but they need to be viewed in the context of pocket money, rather than full time work.

And that’s just the ‘online work’ type opportunities. If we think about get rich quick scams that involve investing money in cryptocurrency, or property, or start up businesses then we go even deeper down the rabbit hole of scammers.

In some ways these ones are actually a lot simpler to deal with. There’s nothing to consider really. If an obscure ad pops up on facebook promising you enormous returns on your investment, don’t touch it. Don’t click it. Don’t open it. And certainly don’t invest in it. It’s a scam. I don’t want to hear any testimonials from Barry in Alabama or Wendy from Scotland who have retires at 45 because of this scheme. Just don’t go anywhere near it.

So are there any genuine opportunities at all?

Yes, there certainly are. So we’ve established that caution is the key message when researching online working opportunites. If it looks too good to be true, it is. If looks like easy money, it isn’t.

But that’s certainly not to say there are no opportunities out there. The aim of this blog is to showcase some of those opportunities, and to wade through some of the nonsense, so you can find genuine ways to make a living outside of the traditional workplace.

And if you approach the subject with the mindset that making the switch to gig working isn’t going to be any easier than traditional employment, just different, then you won’t go far wrong.

You’re still going to need to do long hours. You’re still going to need to make sacrifices, and put in effort. There are always going to be pitfalls, bumps in the road and disappointments, perhaps more so than in your previous work.

But if you treat this new method of working with the seriousness that it deserves, and the expectation that you’re going to have to put in plenty of work then you should start to spot the get rich quick scams a mile off.

“Hey! How would you like to make £2000 a month from home by simply scratching scratchcards!”

See. Did you spot that one? Please tell me you did!