Working from home is an attractive option for many people, but finding a good work-at-home job can expose you to scams. Avoid the nightmare of being victimized by scams by working only with legitimate work-at-home job providers, which can be found by researching online. Most major news networks have articles about work-at-home job services that can be trusted; however, there are a few things you should watch for that will give a hint regarding the legitimacy of the company offering you a work-at-home job.
Avoid or be skeptical of any job that advertises itself with phrases such as these: “Be part of one of America’s Fastest Growing Industries. Be the Boss! Earn thousands of dollars a month from home!” These are phrases the Federal Trade Commission highlights in its Facts for Consumers – Work at Home Schemes publication.
Persist in asking questions until you get reasonable answers. Ask or look for written documentation regarding the tasks you will perform, a detailed explanation of every step of the job, your salary or commission schedule and the basis for their claims regarding your likely earnings – particularly if the pay is commission-only. Ask for any documents proving their claims. Ask who will be paying you and when the first paycheck will come.
Check to see if the company has a bad record on the Federal Trade Commission website, your state’s Office of the Secretary of State, consumer protection department or attorney general’s office.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are told you will have to invest some of your own money in the job, ask for a detailed listing of these costs, including supplies, equipment and memberships. Then ask whether these are reimbursable or why you should spend the money if there is no guarantee of return.
- Avoid ads for companies that won’t describe the work, require advance payments for memberships, starter kits or handbooks, transfer you around an automated phone system and won’t allow you to speak with an actual person. A big red light should be the promise of high earnings for a small amount of easy work. If the ads show testimonials from happy, attractive people or families, or depict large amounts of money, huge homes, expensive cars and boats, proceed with great caution.
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