The single mom is often easy prey for scam artists who key in on the desire of parents to be able to bring in additional income and still be able to parent in the home on a full time basis – work from home. There are legitimate ways to earn money without leaving the house, but it takes some research to make sure that you are not wasting your time providing a service that you will never be paid for. Even worse are the scams that make promises of providing additional income for a fee. Once the fee is paid, the information, if it ever arrives, doesn’t live up to the promise.
If you see a job listing that you think you are qualified for, ask questions in the following areas to make sure that the work from home offer is legitimate and that you are not being set up to be scammed.
Some people who have successfully found work from home opportunities are paid on an hourly basis, while others only receive a commission. For some types of work they get paid by the piece. Ask if there is a salary for the job and how often you will be paid. You are also encouraged to ask how you will be paid.
If the pay seems to be high, resist the impulse to agree without asking for complete information. If the job listing makes guarantees or promises that you will get rich quickly, it’s likely that you will be wasting your time and money.
In order to be successful in any job, you need the right tools for the tasks that are assigned to you. Ask in advance what type of equipment you will need to provide as a work from home employee. You may need special computer hardware and software programs that could prove to be costly.
A reputable employer won’t ask you to send them money in order to obtain work. If the company asks you to pay for a start up kit or a work from home directory, look elsewhere. Don’t send money to find a work from home job.
If your research into the work from home employment opportunity has raised any red flags, ask the company for references so that you can do your own check on the legitimacy of the prospective employer.
If the company isn’t willing to provide a list of employees or contractors that you can contact to find out if promises made are being kept, it may be a sign that the opportunity is not as great as it’s being promoted to be. It could also mean that it’s an outright scam.
Use Common Sense
When you read a job posting that offers you money to work from home, take a bit of time to think it through. People are still being scammed by offers that promise several dollars of compensation for each envelope that they stuff.
Common sense will tell you that large companies have equipment that will fold their letters, stuff them into envelopes, seal the envelope shut and stamp postage on the envelope. Why would they outsource the work from home task at such a high price?