You may be familiar with the ads: easy money (or big paychecks), no experience, one hour a day, work from home. Sound too good to be true? It probably is. In fact, for every legitimate work from home opportunity, there are 70 work from home scams that attempt to rob you of your money. While working from home can be very appealing, it’s up to individuals to do their homework to determine if the opportunity is legitimate.
begin by viewing every opportunity with some degree of skepticism and then
conduct your own due diligence. The first critical rule-of-thumb is to avoid
any job or opportunity that requires an upfront fee to join or purchase
materials. Legitimate companies do not charge job applicants. Then:
Look for a physical location and contact
information. If none, move on.
Look it up on social media. If none, move on.
Do an internet search for reviews of the
opportunity. Enter the name of the company or opportunity along with the word
“scam” or “review.”
are many variations of work from home scams, they tend to follow a few themes.
Some should be avoided, while others should be met with some healthy
Check cashing or wiring money
Online business start-up kits
Home assembly/envelope stuffing
Link posting jobs
Data entry/call center
Any opportunity requiring a payment
Taking online surveys
Any opportunity promising “get rich quick”
also avoid any opportunities offered through search engine ads or unsolicited emails.
plenty of work from home opportunities available through traditional channels,
such as job boards, job search engines and newspapers. You can check the
company’s website to see if it’s legitimate and learn more about the position.
You can also
check out websites for freelance jobs, such as FlexJobs, Upwork, Working
Solutions and Rate Race Rebellion.
else remember, if it sounds to good to be true, it is.