“Work from home” is one of the most searched keyword phrases on Google. The good ol’ Internet has become a good platform to find jobs where you can work from the very comfort of your home. Whether you are looking for a full-time job, part-time job, or just a side hustle, you can find it online.
For those of you that aren’t ready to commit to a full-on business just yet, but still interested in making money at home, you may have come across some tempting “work from home” opportunities. The flexibility, convenience, and comfort are all attractive features. However, you may be skeptical as to the validity of the many “work from home” opportunities that you have seen being advertised on the internet…
Guess what, you’re right to feel this way.
Truth is, there are tons of scams out there. No one wants to be scammed just because they innocently applied for an online job that promised a better way to make money.
Ok, let me say this- there are definitely genuine and legitimate work from home opportunities.
Back in December 2012, I signed up for my first work from home job at West At Home, now called Alorica. This was a legit online job earning me $7.25 whenever I could find hours to work.
Before being hired, they gave me a list of tools I needed to have in order to answer incoming calls. I also had to learn to follow a script when speaking and to people. The cost of the headset and landline phone installation were the only tools I needed to invest in.
I felt comfortable going in since I put in the time to research the company and ask the necessary questions.
West At Home was like working in a call center- without being in a stuffy cubicle in a noisy environment. If you’re comfortable taking sales orders over the phone (even if you’re not), I highly recommend this job. Great learning experience for me.
But back to reality.
Not everyone has the same experience as I did. It is unfortunate that there are people out there who want to take advantage of those looking to better their lives.
Millions of people are looking for such opportunities, and hence scammers are able to find these seemingly gullible victims.
Continue reading below for some helpful tips that can save you $$$, headache and precious time in your search for success.
- Company background check
Most jobs will not hire you unless you pass a background check, amongst other things.
Why not do a background check on a job before investing your time?
Online companies that provide such jobs will try to lure you with attractive advertisements. Before you consider any job online, you need to research, and research thoroughly.
If the company is unreliable, you will find complaints from people. You can checkout history of complaints by visiting Better Business Bureau, or just typing in the company name in any search engine.
In addition, search for similar opportunities and compare. This will not only help you determine if the opportunity is real, but it will also assist you in finding the best job to make money from home with.
Many use the internet to search for an opportunity to make money from home, but if used correctly you can also differentiate scams from real opportunities.
Google is your best friend!
- Do not spend money
If the company asks you to pay for software, training materials, or other things that are needed for the job, you should recognize that such sites are scam sites. They only want to loot you and gain your personal information.
Please keep in mind, however, some legit online jobs DO require you to purchase tools (headset, microphone, laptop, etc.) that you may not already have in order to do your job efficiently
*read my flashback above*
You should be aware of the fact that you can easily find good work from home jobs that will not require you to spend any money.
- Question the employer
Don’t be afraid to interview your potential employer! Always ask the company on what is expected of you before signing up for a work from home job.
You can ask questions like: What will be my job profile? Will I be paid a salary, or is it commission based? Am I considered a contractor or employee? How am I going to receive the payment? Who is the person that will pay me?
- Do not reveal sensitive information
No matter how important it is, do not reveal sensitive information such as personal information and banking details. A legitimate company will never ask you such details. If an illegitimate company comes to know such details, they can easily fraud you.
- Investigate the website
If the job provider has a website, you should go through it carefully. If the site is not professionally built or has got plenty of errors in their content, it is better to avoid no matter how good the deal is.
Also, you need to stay away from spam emails that have information about work from home job sites.
- Take action against fraud
If you’ve fallen prey to work from home frauds on the web, you should post your complaint on Better Business Bureau. You can also approach cyber cops and let them know how you if have been conned. Here is their website: www.cybercops.com
- Get Some References
If you are having doubts on the company’s reputation, credibility and legitimacy, you can ask or request from them a list of some of their contractors or employees and see how the work at home venture worked out for them. Once you get the list, you should contact the given reference and ask him/her questions about how the job is working out. If your prospect company refuses to give you references such as names, phone number or even email addresses then it would be advised that you do not consider this opportunity.
These are just some useful tips on how you can avoid work from home scams. It is true that working from home can give you tons of benefits, but be smart about your endeavors!