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Finding Legitimate Work at Home Jobs for the Paranoid and Frustrated
Work at Home Does Exist
Work at home jobs promising overnight riches abound. If you've figured out that most of them are scams… good for you! So, you're probably wondering if finding legitimate work at home jobs is a reality. And if they are… just how are you supposed to find them?
Good news, there are legitimate work at home jobs. More good news, there are certain things to look for to tell if the work at home jobs you're looking at are scams or legitimate jobs.
When you're researching work at home jobs, here are some of the specific questions you should be asking. If a company can't answer these questions, or if their answers are a little weak, go with your gut and move on.
Company Contact Info
1. What contact information does the company provide? If this is a real work at home job and you'll be working for a real company, they will give you a real phone number you can call or a real email address.
2. What kind of at home work will you be doing? Ask the company to explain exactly what you will be doing, step by step. For legitimate work at home jobs, the company will explain the job in detail. If the company is vague about the kind of work you'll be doing, be cautious… they're probably vague because they aren't describing a real home based job.
Are There Kit Costs? Or Any Fees?
3. Are there start up fees or registration costs? Legitimate work at home jobs won't require start up payments from you. Some legitimate costs could be: they might need you to pay for a background check, or equipment for the work at home job. The exception to this is if you're working for a direct sales company. Direct sales usually do require start up fees for your kit and other tools, and that is a legitimate expense.
How Do I Get Paid?
4. How and when will you get paid? Legitimate work at home jobs will tell you who is paying you and when you will receive your first paycheck. Also ask if you'll be paid commission or by the hour. If they're making big promises about how much money you can make, and it sounds too good to be true… it is.
Work at home jobs that pay you to work from home are out there. But do your homework first and make sure you get all your questions answered before you start. And if you're ever not sure about a job, follow your gut instinct. Like many of you, I have been scammed. I feel for an assembly work scam and for an ad placement scam. I am much more careful now. On the other hand, I have paid fees before and been very happy too. My $10 initial investment into selling Avon has become a huge pay off. I make over $1000 a month with Avon now.
So – that was $10 well spent. I also paid $5 for a money making report on eBay. I found the info really helpful when I was researching ways to make money at home. So – I DID pay a fee in these instances, but by know means was either case a scam.
I've also heard from several women that they work at home taking catalog orders for major companies. They DID have to pay a fee for their initial equipment set up – but it was reimbursed with their first paycheck after their training had been completed. So that's a case where I feel it's legitimate work at home, but there was a fee involved. Companies simply can't shell out free equipment and training if they are running on a tight budget. Sometimes there is no other way but to pass some of the expense onto those training for the job.
Always be careful answering any kind of telecommuting job ad. We hear of horrible tragedies every day where someone was in the wrong place at the right time. Finding legitimate work at home jobs – means playing it safe too. Meet someone in a public place to discuss a virtual assistant job – or take a friend with you. Let people know where you're going and the ad you're responding too. This is just common sense.
Finding legitimate work at home jobs takes persistence. Don't give up. Search every day.