I've been in the work at home industry for nearly ten years and I'm still dismayed at all the home job scams that I see. But there is one difference over the years...unfortunately, these scammers have grown much wiser at scamming the average home job seeker. These same desperate searchers keep falling for these scams time and time again and of course, this only sets them up for even MORE fear of being scammed. And sadly, it all makes perfect sense that they end up giving up.
What most people don't know...there is a solution to this. You can prevent yourself from being the fallen victim of a deceitful Internet scam! The secret is knowing exactly what to look out for when conducting a search for a legitimate telecommuting job.
Below are the three basic factors to look for in the legitimacy of an online company
1) Does the company provide contact information?
Contact with the employer is the most important. If you're going to work for an employer, of course you will need to easily communicate with that person. Same as an offline job...you need communication. A legitimate company will always provide a real working phone number and/or a email address.
2) Does the company explain in detail exactly what you will be doing?
If the company is vague about what you will be doing and also states that you will easily earn X amount of dollars in a very short time, then you can bet it's a scam. If you see this on a company website, don't read any further...move onto the next job lead.
3) Does the company ask for start up fees or registration fees?
You should never have to pay for a home based job. A legitimate company will not require start up or registration fees from you. The only fees that may be required from you is from a background check, headset (usually for customer support work), or a foot pedal (for transcription work). Sometimes you will find a company that will pay for all equipment needed to complete the job duties. But, if a company requires fees other than for stated above, then they are a scam. Don't waste your money and fall for these schemes.
By following the above tips, hopefully your job search will be considerably less difficult and more importantly...you won't be scammed from your efforts.
One Last Tip: If the job sounds "too good to be true," than it most likely is.
For example: If the company states you will have guaranteed earnings of $25 per hour or more, I'd be skeptical of such a statement, and I would be sure to contact the employer directly to back this up. Always follow your gut instincts.
Much success to you with your job search!
Article Written By Tammy Embrich
Tammy has been successful in the work at home industry for 4 years now. She is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. She offers free job leads for the job seeker, as well as articles, tips, and more at Work At Home Jobs.
You can also find Tammy at Work At Home Job Leads, offering legitimate telecommuting companies, more free job leads, articles, and much more.