There are tons of online job boards out there. Some are free to use anytime you want and others you have to pay to access their database. When searching for a telecommuting position, it's sometimes hard to know whether you should stick with the free boards or go with a paid one.
Both types of job boards are beneficial. It's a matter of doing what's right for your situation. Let's talk about what each one can do for you and you can decide what fits your needs the best.
There are plenty of the free online job boards for you to browse through. They have excellent search features for one who is looking for either an online position or an onsite job. They do take some time to go through and find what you want, though.
You can narrow your search options to the specific type of job you're looking for, like customer service or it can narrow it down to any type of job that can be done by telecommuting.
It's important to note that you will have to read through each job opportunity, that you're interested in, to make sure that it's a telecommuting position. If you put "telecommuting" in the search box, it will pick up on all job ads that contain that word. So, even the ads that say, "no telecommuting offered" will be in your search results.
The biggest drawback to these boards is that they don't weed through the jobs listed on their sites for scams. Even the most popular job boards contain quite a few scam jobs, so you really have to be careful when checking through the job ads.
There are a few different types of paid job boards available to you. There are ones that have monthly membership fees, annual membership fees and ones that you pay a one-time fee for life-time access.
These job boards are beneficial to those who don't have the time to search through the free boards or simply don't know how to search. The databases on these sites are updated regularly and they're oftentimes organized, so that you can easily find the type of position you're interested in applying for.
Paying for a membership to one of these kinds of boards, does not guarantee that all the positions listed on their site is scam-free. You will still have to do your research to make sure they're legit opportunities, but for the most part, these sites try their best not to let a scam job through.
Either option is fine; it's just a matter of what you have the time to do or whether you can afford the prices of the paid boards. Keep in mind, however, that the paid boards are simply a way for you to get access to some online jobs that may or may not be in the free boards.
They are not a guarantee that you will find a position right away just because you paid for a service. It will still take you time to find one, but it could simplify your online job search if you should choose to go the paid route.
Even if you decide to try a paid job board, you should also be checking the free boards as time allows, increasing your chances of finding that telecommuting position you've been hoping for.
Nell Taliercio has been working at home full time since 2004. She's worked as a telecommuter, virtual assistant and affiliate marketer. In 5 years she's discovered many secrets to finding legitimate work at home jobs and securing them. You can find work at home job information and tips at: http://www.justonlinejobs.com