Beware of Work At Home Scams

“Working at home” can often equate to “money saved” in our thinking process. Besides the freedoms of making your own schedule and adhering to minimal authority, you don’t have to commute, expand your wardrobe to accommodate work attire, or worry about being forced to eat expensive fast food to get back to work on time. But those who seek at-home moneymaking options must be aware of the dividing line between a home “business” and a home “job”. More importantly they must understand that buying into one is an investment and into the other is a scam.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent study on the subject, roughly 80% of Americans working at home do so through use of the personal computer. If you’ve contemplated work from home offers you’ve seen advertised, undoubtedly they’re tasks that must be performed on a computer – whether it be sales or service. This can easily make any work-at-home offering appear to be a lossless venture, because how can you lose money working at home through immaterial means? This deduction isn’t exactly false, but it highlights the scam-revealing factor in any company advertising a way for you to work from home: if you are asked to buy into it to perform the job, it almost certainly is fraudulent.

The reasoning is simple: if you were hired at an office, would they make you buy your own desk and supplies? No, more often than not they’re confident enough in their own venture as well as your skill to invest money in these things for you. In the days before the Internet, any job offering that demanded employees pay out of pocket for the suitcase to haul the demo product door-to-door would most definitely be identified by the savvier of aspiring salesman to be a scam. The jobs offered online are no different.

But this also demonstrates the difference between an at-home job and an at-home business. Expect to put some money into a home business. But the difference is you typically aren’t utilizing some other company’s software or the privilege of using their brand when starting a home business. Online franchise options are limited, and typically if you’re starting an at-home business you’re doing so independently and the threats of a scam are limited to those whose services you seek for yourself. When a company offers you the chance to start your own business with pricy buy-ins or a franchise deal, exercise due diligence and make sure the company is reputable and honest.

Research is paramount in any situation when you’re considering working at home with the help of outsiders online. Scour their website for clues. Often the most glaring indicator is if the service feels compelled to defend itself against the idea it’s too good to be true. You have to realize these people might be crooks but they aren’t stupid. They know you’re going to be skeptical and preempt against your pessimism with assurance. This can appear not just on their website but other places as well. The common tactic these days is to pay a company to write a false interview, wherein often the “interviewer” asks for evidence what the company offers isn’t too good to be true, and the “owner” gives poignant proof why it most certainly is not fraudulent in its promises. If you come across something like this, it is almost certainly a scam.

Working from home ideally should save you money. That is why it is important to avoid most moneymaking methods if they require that you pay something in return for the “opportunity”. You don’t want to end up in the red when trying to find a work-from-home solution that succeeds. Before you start working from home, first work hard to make sure what you’re getting yourself into is legitimate.

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