When I started looking for work I could do from home, I found a LOT of scams out there. It was so frustrating! One day, I came across an article about court researchers at a forum dedicated to help work at home moms find legitimate work. Although not work that I could do completely from home, it was doable! The flexible schedule was ideal for me as I have two small children and could trade "babysitting" hours with a girl friend on the days I needed to venture outside the home to work.
The research is basically going to your local courthouse and reviewing public records that have been recorded by the court. Depending on the type of assignment(s) you get, you could be looking up judgments, tax liens, mortgages, marriages, births, civil suits, personal injuries - the list goes on and on! I found there were three primary research companies offering these types of assignments (a fourth offers only mortgage assignments). I guess this work is not for everyone, as each company had negative posts somewhere on the internet, but I didn't let those stop my pursuit. As long as I didn't have to pay money up front, I figured it was worth a try. I am SO glad I did.
I applied to all three companies and immediately got responses from two of them. One was Wolfgang Research. Although I had found some negative comments about them posted on the internet, I had also found even positive comments. Well, I'm here to say, that Wolfgang Research is DEFINATELY not a scam. They have a lot of work for me, they pay faithfully every 2 weeks by direct deposit and yes, I did get one "lightly" reprimanding email and in all honesty, I expected worse. I was so excited about getting started that I had failed to read the paperwork provided and ended up submitting data that was wrong. Their concern was legit. They have to look out for their clients. They walked me through the errors, referred me back to the paperwork (which I took time to read thoroughly) and I was all set.
I started with Wolfgang Research in Feb 2008. They are always bringing on new clients and have an ample amount of work for me. In fact, my girlfriend that babysits for me when I visit my courthouses is now working for Wolfgang Research too - and I babysit for her so she can travel. There was just too much work for me to handle in my area part-time, so she and I work as a team now. Anyone looking for legit telecommute work (work from home) should apply with Wolfgang Research! Don't let some disgruntle contractor's negative post somewhere cause you to miss out on a great opportunity! This company has been patient with me when my computer crashed, when a family member passed away and when the weather was bad enough I was uncomfortable in driving. I've always been paid for my work and paid on time ! This company is very financially-stable which gives me some security :) If you slack off and don't do quality work, well, then you might get a corrective action email. But in my opinion, you'd deserve it :)
I love the flexibility. I love the type of work I'm doing. Life is good.
(P.S. I no longer work for the other research company. I have plenty enough work at Wolfgang Research. Plus, they don't require me to participate in weekly meetings! YAY)