Working from home is such a lucrative experience nowadays that many scam-companies have lined up to take your precious money away from you. Rather than giving you an opportunity to earn some cash at home, these so-called “companies” will generally ask you for an upfront payment to be employed. Throughout this article, you will learn the “do’s” and “definately don’t’s” of searching for a credible, enjoyable, and fulfilling work-at-home job.
Searching Google for WAH Jobs
Let’s start off with everyone’s favorite search engine, Google (Yahoo, Bing, etc.). When using these handy-dandy tools, make sure you adhere to a few rules. Never use the words “Work at Home”, “Make Lots of Money”, or the obvious “Easy Ways to Make Money Online”. Let’s face it guys, the scammers out there know very well what you want, and simply phrasing your desires to them will turn up around 10% legitimate opportunities. Stick to key words that don’t attract much attention such as “Telecommuting”, “Virtual Employees”, or “Off-Site Jobs”. These more formal (and less noticeable) phrases will likely draw in a majority of real, serious companies.
What if you aren’t in to that whole serious work-at-home job anyways? Well, don’t bother using Google for these opportunities. Instead, go to article websites (such as eHow, Associated Content, Helium, etc.) that will likely have some knowledge from users who work part-time online. These users will probably recommend freelance writing, working for ChaCha (or _kgb), or even clicking ads. Whatever you do, absolutely avoid typing “Part-time online work” into Google. That is simply asking for scams.
Investigating an Employment-Lead
So you found the website of an potential online employer? That’s great. However, the next step is probably the most important. You must always investigate what exactly the company is about. If the company asks for any form of upfront payment, do not work there! You should never have to pay money to work. If they try to convince you it is for “training”, the likelihood of that is a big fat zero. Online companies generally employ people with generalized experience. What are they expecting you to do from the comfort of your computer? You will not be doing any sort of advanced technical work, and if you are, you already knew how to do it.
A website says a lot about your potential employer. If the website is messy, unorganized, full of poor grammar, spelling mistakes, and other aesthetic errors, then reconsider signing up. Any professionally run organization in the 21st century has a nice, organized, and appealing layout to their site. Not all companies have a “wow” website, but 99% of legitimate online companies care deeply about their online appeal.
Check the company’s telephone number, and make a call if you feel compelled to. A 24 hour voicemail (rather than humans answering the phone) is a giant red-flag. Professional businesses will have their number listed, and call you back if they missed your call. If the headquarters are located outside of 1st world countries, you need to take a step back. Why would an online company need to be headed on the coast of Haiti? Well, chances are they set up that “address” to avoid potential lawsuits or investigations.
Checking Others Reviews
Here comes the easiest part. Simply type the name of the online company you are interested into Google, followed by the word “scam” (i.e. Helium scam, ChaCha scam, SlicethePie scam). This will give you a host of reviews on the opportunities each site provides, along with some negative criticisms and positive praises. This is important because it will highlight the realities of the opportunity you are about to part-take in. If it turns out that you can earn $8/hour, but the payout is $1,000, then you might consider that a fair warning.
In the end, when you want a work-at-home opportunity, you have to do the research. 90% of those WAH jobs are scams that will zap your money in some fine print. The only flow of cash between you and your online job should be in the direction of your bank account, not theirs. So remember: Google, Research, Reviews. Do these three steps, and you are sure to avoid any potential problems looking for your new work-at-home opportunity.