How to Identify Work From Home Scams

by WorkFromHome on April 12, 2011

As great as working from home sounds, there are so many work from home scams that it can be difficult to know whether the job showing up in your job hunt is one that will allow you to earn an income doing something that you enjoy from home or is a scam that will end with you losing both your time and money. While you may be tempted to give up your dream of working at home, with some due diligence and the tips below, you will be able to identify work at home scams and find the right job to work from home.

If It Seems Too Good To Be True… It Probably Is

There is a reason that this old phrase continues to be said, and that is that it is true. If a job description listed online or sent to your via e-mail promises you exorbitant amounts of money in a short amount of time for very little effort on your part then it is almost certainly a scam.

Read The Listing

If the job listing uses questionable grammar, wording and spelling, then be leery when considering moving forward with a relationship with whoever wrote it. The company or individual behind it clearly did not give much thought to writing it, which begs the question of just how important this so-called work is, or if they are just hoping to scam a few hundred dollars out of someone. If the job description is light on the details of exactly what you would be doing while you work from home, then you have cause for concern. After all, even if the job listing is a legitimate one, do you want to work for someone who does not know what they want?

They Should Be Paying You

If a job listing is asking for you to send them money before they will review your portfolio or work sample, then back away and look elsewhere. While there are a few high quality freelance membership sites that have a small annual fee for access, the majority of work from home opportunities involve your being paid for your work, not your paying for the opportunity to work!

An exception to this are those opportunities that involve home-based sales, such as those of make-up, cooking gadgets and purses. Stick to those brands that have a good reputation, and you should be fine.

Ask Questions

Before entering into a business relationship with a company you need to be certain that you each understand the terms of that relationship. This means that you know what duties are expected of you, when you are expected to provide your work, and how. You also should know when you will be paid, and how they will be paying you. A business that does not ask for critical tax information or have plans to deposit money into your bank account upon completion of projects is, unfortunately, likely not planning to pay you for that work.

Make sure that you read through the fine print of any agreement provided to you by the company. While an agreement may appear to be one that includes payment to you for your services when rendered, the fine print of that agreement may include large service charges for transferring money to you that will deplete your earnings, and leave you working for very little if anything.

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