A Few Important Tips For Work From Home Beginners

by WorkFromHome on April 27, 2011

Many people have heard of opportunities to work from home. For some, the thought of working from home is the perfect solution for their family situation; others would just like the opportunity to create their own hours. Opportunities to work from home do exist, but you must know where to look and how to tell a scam from a true job offering.

How To Spot A Scam

The first thing that you must do when you begin your search for work at home opportunities is learn how to detect a scam. One thing scam artists understand is that the desire to work from home can be very strong. They use this knowledge against people, creating “programs” or “opportunities” that are nothing more than a way to steal money or information. Knowing what to look for will help you avoid these scams.

  • When you search the words “work at home” you can almost guarantee that most of the first 10 pages of your search will bring up only scam programs. These sites are designed to have super search engine optimization so that they appear first when these words are keyed.
  • Any program that requires you to pay money to enter the program is most likely a scam.
  • Any program that offers large amounts of money in a short period is most likely a scam.
  • Any program that requires you to purchase supplies, run advertisements or assemble products is most likely a scam.
  • Programs that require you to pay to receive information are most likely a scam.
  • Programs that offer to pay you through unconventional means are most likely a scam.

Where To Find Legitimate Work At Home Opportunities

If you are convinced that you have the discipline to work from home, there are ways to find these opportunities without being scammed. The first place that you should look is at your current employer.

Technology and high-speed Internet connections have made telecommuting a more desirable option for businesses. Many companies are finding that their employees can work from home, produce the same amount of work or more and reduce operating expenses for the company by working from their homes. Confront your employer and ask if they have telecommuting positions or if they would like to establish this type of program. You will be surprised how receptive most companies will be to the idea.

If you cannot find this type of work through your employer there are other options. Most work at home opportunities consist of typing, writing, transcription and other secretarial services. While there may be other opportunities available, these are the most common positions.

When you perform a computer search, look for “telecommuting positions” and “freelance” work. These keywords are more apt to bring legitimate opportunities, though you should always watch for scams. Send out as many resumes as possible to these companies, and follow up, just as you would a land based job.

Things To Remember

When you work at home there are a few things that you must remember to become successful:

  • You must commit yourself to working at home. It is very easy to become sidetracked with household chores, reducing your ability to work
  • You may not generate a steady income in the beginning. Since many of these jobs are per contract, your income will fluctuate until you are established.
  • Freelance work is not guaranteed work. Once a job is complete you may have to begin searching for a new opportunity. This is not true for all telecommuting jobs, but it should be considered
  • Freelance work does not provide benefits like many employers. Vacation time is not guaranteed and pensions must be created on your own.
  • Freelancing is not for everyone. You must have patience and discipline to work from home.
  • When you have accepted a job, make sure that you always keep an open line of communication between you and the employer/client. Know what is expected of you, and how much work must be produced on a daily basis. This will help you avoid any confusion.

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