Working from Home: Can You Spot the Scam?
One of the first words people think of when you mention that you want to work from home is "scam." There is a good reason that this is the case: there are plenty of individuals out there who are only interested in separating you from your hard-earned money. The great news is that it is entirely possible to make money working from home in today's economy with the technical advances that have made telecommuting, remote work and being an entrepreneur easier than ever. The problem is being able to spot the scam from the real opportunity. Here are some red flags to help you in your quest to become successful in finding legitimate opportunities.
• Legitimate opportunities are not going to promise you a fortune, a brand new luxury car, a beach house for little work. Working from home is not as easy as just clicking a button and letting the cash roll into your bank account. Those websites that promise you riches for little effort are more than likely just looking to part you from your money to line their pockets.
• Not all websites that ask for money are scams. Yes, money upfront can be a sign of a scam, but some legitimate companies may require that you pay for training, background checks and other business expenses. These expenses can be seen the same as having to outfit your home office to enable you to work from home.
• Scams can also be rather vague about what you will be doing or what you will get from signing up with their service or site. Of course, some legitimate companies may not go into great details on what you will be learning or doing because they are closely kept secrets. These companies may even require a non-disclosure agreement to be signed.
You may be asking yourself how you can spot the scams from the legitimate companies when even legitimate companies may have red flags, like fees for background checks. The answer to that question is research. You want to know who you are going to be giving your money to, and the only way to do that is with doing some homework. See what other people are saying about something you are interested in investing your time and money into. An easy way to check on a company is to enter the company's name along with the word scam in your browser and see what pops up. You can do the same thing with the word review, as well. There may be some overlap between the results on both of these searches, but it can help to ferret out scams from the real deal. Often, people that are unhappy with an experience are more than willing to let others know about their experience. Now, you will have to be able to separate those that are posting negative reviews because they were scammed from those that were not willing to put in the effort. Yes, working from home is not easy! It boils down to being able to use common sense to try to spot scams.
- Globalie Blogs Team