There is definitely a gap in what jobs are touted as “work from home,” and the concept of working from home. Most people aren’t looking for investment opportunities or empty promises of surveys for cash. They’re looking for a job that allows them to be at home for family, medical or personal reasons that is similar to an administrative or customer service job.
Those jobs are truly hard to find, and as difficult (if not more difficult) than regular full-time jobs. Work from home jobs often present themselves as a viable option for employees with a proven track record of in-office productivity. Few employers will give a brand new employee a “get out of office free” card, especially on an hourly basis. Being realistic about the existing opportunities is key to a successful job search for work at home jobs. Here are a few tips to keep you on track and away from scams.
Check for fraud: When you come across work from home companies bragging about how much money you can make, do your research. You probably aren’t the first person they’ve tried to lure into their scam, so learn from the mistakes of others. If there are a lot of reviews identifying the company as fraudulent or their work from home opportunities as fraudulent, steer clear.
Ignore unsolicited jobs: Ignore any communication from companies you haven’t requested to have a relationship with. File these away as junk mail, because they’ll be about as effective as the weight-loss pills and wrinkle creams you get in your inbox.
Never pay for a job: This is one case where it shouldn’t take money for you to make money. If a company asks for payment, or the initial purchase of a starter kit, they’re scamming you. Some of these are legitimate opportunities for self-employment, but the ones that are real take a lot of hard work, and aren’t the same as working from home.
Remember, it should be a normal job. Real jobs require an application process and at least one (if not several) interviews at a minimum. Most require references, background checks and assessments of your skills. If a job is lacking these basic features of the application process, it is a sign of trouble ahead.
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