It's probably no surprise to you that people want your hard-earned money. And unfortunately, when it comes to work from home opportunities, scams seem to be all the more prevalent on the internet today.
Take note of the four points discussed below when scanning the available work from home jobs on the internet, in your email box, or in your local newspaper. They will help you weed out potential scams that may come about.
1. Does the company hiring ask you for an administrative fee as a condition to be hired?
Imagine, if you will, you're sitting in an interview for a traditional job and things are going great. You nailed all the answers that the potential employer has thrown at you and you can tell by the look on her face that she is impressed. Then the words you've been longing to hear come next. "Well, that should be it, if you're interested we would like for you to fill the position. Is this something you'd like to pursue?" After three long months of searching and interviewing, you respond with a resounding "Yes!"
Your new employer smiles, stands up to shake your hand and says, "Great, I'll take you down to accounting so you can write them a check for $60 to cover a small administration fee so that we can get your information processed and everything set up for your new job immediately."
Doesn't sound right, does it? You know good and well a traditional employer would never do this. They need your skills and your work so they pay you. And that's the way a real telecommuting job should be, too. To an employer, you are just another employee in the scheme of things. Beware when you are asked to put down your own money for a position. That's just how these so-called businesses make their money.
2. Is the salary highlighted in the job ad?
You've seen them. "Make $500/week!", "$10,000/month potential." Avoid them plain and simple. Legitimate telecommuting positions like traditional job listings hardly ever come out and give an exact amount you will get paid for performing a job. Unless, of course, it's an hourly wage for the position. But even then, it should be reasonable for the job at hand. They may give a salary range if it's an option in the listing, but most will say salary based on experience.
Avoid job ads that focus their attention on how much money you can make rather than on what minimum skills are required for the position. Which leads us to the next point.
3. Avoid pursuing jobs that state "No experience necessary."
More than likely, it's another typical business opportunity or a downright scam. What traditional employer will hire you with no experience? Not many, if any. Granted some companies will hire and train you. But when it comes to telecommuting jobs, "on-the-job" training is kind of difficult.
Just be aware of job offers trying to get your attention focused on this rather than the job at hand. More than likely, it's not a real telecommuting position.
4. And finally, do they ask you for a resume and list the actual skills that are necessary to qualify for the available position?
Go to any traditional job listing and you'll find an address, email or fax number to send in your resume. Most legitimate telecommuting jobs require the same.
You should also find a list of job skills required to qualify for the job at hand. Try to stay away from so-called telecommuting job leads that don't follow this traditional way of posting open positions. Remember, a telecommuting job is nothing other than a traditional job that you perform from the confines of your home office.
Use these guidelines to protect yourself from illegitimate offers while searching for a work from home job. Working at home is very popular today, and unfortunately there are a lot of people out there pushing schemes to take your money.