As I´ve talked about working from home this past week in previous posts I wanted to address the area of work-at-home scams. I´ve seen many mothers fall for some work-at-home scams and I´ve read posts on bulletin boards about companies that weren´t quite on the up and up.
Why do people get caught up in a scam? I believe there are several reasons. First, at times people believe everything they read. Then, rather than follow up with research, which, as I stated on Wednesday, is extremely important when starting a home-based business, they write a check and plunge right in.
Some scams will ask you for a large amount of money upfront. You shouldn´t have to invest a large amount of money into a company before you begin selling. As an article on www.scambusters.com stated, you would not pay someone for a chance to interview for a job or to start a job if you were going to work for someone outside of your home; so why would you do this if you were going to work from home (http://www.scambusters.com/work-at-home-jobs.html)? Be very leery about signing up to work with a company that asks you to pay something up front.
And if you are considering taking a job that asks for payment up front, investigate them completely before sending a check. Find out if they have a physical address, a phone number, and a website. Check with the Better Business Bureau (http://search.bbb.org/) to see if anyone has filed a complaint against the company. This website is a great resource for researching potential jobs. You can search by the company´s name and see if any complaints have been made against the company and, if so, find out the nature of the complaints.
Search online to see what others have said about the company. One such place to search is www.wahm.com, as there are bulletin boards geared toward work at home mothers. Or you can google the company´s name and see what pops up from your search.
Remember that a reputable business will provide you with information about the company, such as payment policies, how many years the company has been in business, a physical location, and the number of employees that the company employs. If a company is not able to provide this information, steer clear.
If it sounds too good to be true . . . well, you know the rest. Seriously though, if a company sends you an email (and beware of any spam emails that you receive as they are almost always scams) or if you see an advertisement that promises you will become independently wealthy in mere months, beware. Very few jobs offer overnight success; any amount of success takes hard work, so don´t fall for ads that state you will become instantly rich by signing up.
As I was researching information for this blog post, I came across a really interesting line that someone had written about work at home jobs: If the company is so great to work for, and you can become so insanely rich by responding, why does the company need to plaster advertisements all over the place to get new employees? The article went on to say that you will very rarely, if ever, find legitimate work-at-home jobs in your inbox, on a web banner, posted in the back of a magazine, or listed in a tabloid (http://jobsearchtech.about.com/od/jobs/l/aa112000_3.htm).
Below are a few articles related to work at home opportunities. If you are considering signing up for any type of "work at home´ job, read through these before doing so.