Nancy Jenkins didn’t understand why her telephone calls were never returned by the company she signed up to work for. She had answered an ad that offered her money to work at home. But once she sent in $337 to get started, she never heard from the company again.
Sound familiar? “Work from Home! Just send us money to get started!” The reason this woman never heard anything from the company in question is (a) the U.S. postal inspectors determined this was a scheme, not a legitimate business and (b) the 2 owners are in custody awaiting trial on federal mail fraud charges.
There are two general categories of work-from-home arrangements. On one hand, you have an actual business that you start and build yourself from home. On the other hand there are arrangements where you supposedly work for someone else (from home). The idea of stuffing envelopes, mailing forms, or performing some other such service from home for some unknown company is not my idea of how I want to ‘work from home’. Those types of schemes are just another ‘job’ and there is a real difference between working from home and a home-based business.
I’ve never personally heard of anyone making any real money from these work-from-home things. Those that aren’t outright dirty schemes (like the one mentioned in this story) don’t seem to provide any actual sustainable income. Do they still thrive because people are looking for that ‘quick fix’? I suppose they do offer the elusive dream of spending less time commuting, spending more time with family, and raising the general quality of life.
The Federal Trade Commission has this document on its website which describes some common “work from home” issues and every consumer should be aware of.