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Working from home is an option that many people choose. The reasons vary but generally, people prefer to work from home to avoid the daily commute to the work place. The flexibility and economical benefits are an enticing reason that most people choose this form of work. Many people start their own work from home business for the same reasons as well as being their own boss. Work from home scams have become an ever present problem. To avoid becoming a victim of a work from home scam, you need to know what to look for. Below are a few of the more commonly asked questions about work from home business and work from home scams.

How can I know if a work from home job isn't a work from home scam? Several people on the site say the company is legitimate.

Usually, the first sign of a scam is if you are asked for money to begin working at home. If the company is legitimate, they won't expect you to pay in order to work for them. Another sign of a scam is promises of huge profit for little work.

Generally, these companies will use testimonials from "real" people who are usually created by the company. These "people" will sing the praises of the company and rave about all the money that they have made by working for the company. The companies will usually use your IP address to make it appear that the people who are earning these grand checks live in your town or close to it. This gives people a false sense of "hey, if this person who lives five miles from me can make this kind of money, maybe I can too!"

I am a Connecticut company that has some employees who live in New York. They would like to work from home to avoid the travel to work every day. If they work from home thru an internet connection to our server would this cause a sales tax liability in New York? If they travel to work one day a week would this solve the sales tax problem?

Because you employees are working from home which is in New York, this would connect your business with New York State. This means you will probably need to be registered as a vendor and you will need to collect the sales tax for New York. This is a statement out of the NYS hand book regarding sales tax rules for out of state businesses; if you solicit sales of taxable products or services through employees, salespersons, independent agents, or service representatives located in New York State, you must register as a vendor for New York State sales tax purposes"

Since you have customers and employees in New York State, you need to register as a vendor for state and local tax purposes, even though your company is located in Connecticut.

I am on Social Security for an illness and would like to start a work from home business. What would be my best options as far as work from home?

The first thing you should do is contact Social Security and find out what the maximum amount that you can earn per month without harming your SS payments. You can find this information by going to the Social Security website.

Once you know what you can make without affecting your SS payment, make a list of everything that you enjoy doing and things that you have knowledge of that could be done at home. The next step is to contact a free business advisor or a SCORE office. The people at the SCORE office are generally business people who have retired but volunteer their time to helping people who want to start their own business. Here is a link to help with finding a SCORE office: http://www.score.org/findscore/index.html

You need to check with local authorities about zoning and any licenses that may be required before starting a business at home.

I currently reside in California and have just filed for a Nevada S Corp. Since I work from home I want to maintain a level of privacy and do not want my home address to be used as the business address. Since most Corp filings do not accept PO Boxes as addresses what is the best way to maintain some level of privacy?

It is a requirement of Nevada corporate law that every business has a physical address. Be sure to have this taken care of in a proper manner to avoid issues. You are not required to list your primary place of business to the public in Nevada, but you will need a business license and you may also need a home occupation permit.

In California, you can use a service like mailboxes to assist in your privacy efforts. You address through this type of service would read your business name-"suite" number and a street address. While this is a normal practice in California, you won't be allowed to do this in Nevada because it is not an acceptable practice by the Secretary of State office. Another option for you is using a law firm to act as your Registered Agent. Usually, this will cost you between $125- $500 a year. The prices will vary from firm to firm and the level of service that you expect them to perform.

Working from home is a reality for some but many people fall into the work from home scams. To avoid the trap of the work from home scam and finding a quality work from home position may take some time, but they do exist. Before you get yourself into a sticky situation, you should consult an Expert in business law who can assist you in making the right choices.

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