Work-at-home jobs are available for men and women around the world. Opportunities range from customer service positions to writing, web design and many others. Thousands of people work-at-home and just as many would love the chance. If you want to work-at-home or currently hold a WAH position but want more, it is imperative to know that there are scams out there.
Spotting scams is your first line of defense. More often than not there are dead giveaways that an opportunity isn’t all that it seems to be. Always go into any new opportunity with caution, and never involve yourself too in-depth before you’ve done the proper research.
The first sign of a scam is big promises. Those commercials with the millionaires standing in front of Jaguars and Lamborghinis are definitely appealing and very much desirable. But when the ad is accompanied by phrases such as ‘make money as you sleep,’ ‘this can be yours overnight,’ etc. run as fast as your legs will take you. More often than not these are scams that want only to take your money or worse. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Pay close attention to the website. If it looks cheap, is full of ads or lacks contact information (or correct contact information) there is a good chance that it is a scam and you should avoid it at all costs. Legitimate and trustworthy companies want their websites to reflect their brand in a positive manner and create professional, lively websites, not those that are a whirlwind of this-and-that going in every single direction.
Also be leery of any company requiring huge start-up fees. While some companies do require a small initial investment, if you’re required to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars this might be your sign to turn and walk away. MLM programs are notorious for these excessive start-up fees, and we all know the controversy surrounding these kind of programs.
Take the time to do your research. Visit the website of the opportunity that you are interested in. Read reviews that other people post. Check with the Better Business Bureau to learn the company’s letter grade. These are all steps to take to protect yourself.
There are many legitimate jobs for those who desire to work-at-home. Big name companies are even jumping in on the phenomenon and hiring employees to work from home. You’ve just got to be willing to take the time to find them.