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Flexjobs.com is a website that helps people find professional, legitimate "work at home" or more precisely "telecommuting" jobs, and they offer a "money back" guarantee. You'll find postings for part time, full time and freelance work.

More than 100,000 job seekers have used the site to look for work, and some 15,000 currently subscribe.

9NEWS Consumer Reporter Mark Koebrich says FlexJobs.com is a business that's helping a lot of people make ends meet in our tough economy.

If you're looking for a medical billing job, a marketing job, a web design job or most any stop in between, for just $14.95 you can search the site. If you don't find something you like, you can get your money back.

Every job is hand-screened to make sure it's legitimate. The website has pounded the pavement for you.

Sara Sutton Fell is the CEO of FlexJobs.com. She says she is typical of the thousands of telecommuters she has helped to find jobs.

She works in an office over her home's garage in Boulder, a short walk from her two young children.

"I don't have to worry if my kid's sick and I have to take them to the doctor's office. I don't have to worry that my boss isn't going to let me," Fell said smiling.

Fell says she has news postings every day. On the day 9NEWS visited, a dentist was looking for help, someone else needed a director of account development, and big companies like American Express, Aetna, and MetLife were also looking for staff.

"We've had quite a few jobs seekers actually find jobs with American Express," Fell said. "Another one [went to] Google, and a whole bunch of great ones with MetLife and Aetna; big companies that embrace telecommuting."

There is no guesswork for job seekers when it comes to the job offers on her site. She stands above the typical "work from home" hustles, 98 percent of which are scams.

"It's really unfortunate," Fell said, "and the recession has only made it worse. That's why I started the company. To really turn it on its head and focus on the professional, legitimate opportunities."

Fell says there no shortage of legitimate offers.

"There's a really surprising amount of job opportunities that involve telecommuting. They range from entry level to executive, from part-time to full-time. It's really amazing how much is out there. We get comments all the time from people saying how surprised they are at the type of opportunities that we have," she said.

Johanna Allshouse, who lives in Henderson, is one of those. She's another young mother with two kids who was surprised she found such a great job.

"I was searching and searching, looking on Craigslist and looking in the newspaper and looking online... everything," Allshouse said, "and I was finding a lot of those 'get rich quick' type of things where you could make a $1,000 in a day. But you don't trust those."

A month after she found FlexJobs.com, she was hired as a Travel Deals Content Editor for Dealbase.com.

"I basically look for unpublished and secret kind of travel deals, hotel deals, and I post them and people who come to the website, Dealbase.com, and they can look to see if they book a certain package if they're going to get a savings or not," she said.

It's a job she does on her own schedule that leaves plenty of time for the kids.

"It's been wonderful. In April it will be two years. It's just been perfect," she said.

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