It’s true that technology has made it possible for more people than ever to work from home. I know. For a long time, while my husband was in school, our livelihood depended almost entirely of what I earned from working at home. I have been pretty fortunate in my work; freelancing writing is one of the jobs that can legitimately be done from home. There are other great opportunities as well, from graphic design, to coding, to performing call center duties from home.
While these work from home opportunities do exist, it’s important to realize that not all work from home “jobs” are legitimate. In fact, there are plenty of scams out there that can result in you losing money, rather than making money. As you comb through work from home job listings, make sure you are careful.
Signs that Your Work from Home Opportunity Might Actually be a Scam
Be sure to carefully evaluate the listings that you see for work at home jobs. Here are some red flags that might indicate that your “opportunity” is really a scam:
- You have to send money: You might be asked to buy a system that will get you started, or pay for a start-up kit. This is a sign that you aren’t actually being hired to do a job; you’re being pitched so that you’ll spend money on something that may not work. Some work from home jobs require that you buy certain software, or that your home office setup has certain equipment. Usually, though, there are different alternatives, and you are required to acquire this on your own, without being required to purchase it from the “employer.”
- You are promised a high income for little work: Yes, it is possible to build up passive income streams, and build up a home business to the point where you don’t have to put in a lot of hours. However, this doesn’t happen quickly. It takes time, and a great deal of effort to get to that point. Anyone who promises an immediate high income for a very little work isn’t on the level.
- You can get rich fast: This is another promise that can’t be fulfilled by most legitimate work form home opportunities. Any “job” that promises that you will become wealthy within a few weeks or months is probably a scam. It just doesn’t work that way.
- It’s hard to find information on the company: You should check into the company, or the opportunity. If you can’t find information, or if the company has a large number of complaints against it, that’s a huge red flag. Also, you might be in trouble if the ad is very vague about what you will be doing.
It would be nice to think that you could make $3 for each envelope you stuff, or that you could pay $2,000 for a start up system that will automatically begin making money for you. Unfortunately, this just isn’t realistic. Legitimate work from home opportunities require effort and work, and some sort of skill.