Working at home can be an incredible experience for individuals who don’t want to or can’t get a job outside the home. However, it can often be difficult to find a legitimate job. Knowing what to look for can prevent you from getting scammed.
1. Sounds Too Good to Be True
Some work at home jobs claim they can net a lot of money with little effort. These are the types of jobs that bring in a lot of people, but don’t follow through on their promises. Chances are, if it sounds too good to be true, it is.
2. Charges a Fee
Some work at home jobs and businesses require a down payment, such as direct sales or the background check for certain companies. However, any other type of company that charges a fee for working for them is not likely to be legitimate.
3. A Poor Website
When you visit the website for the work at home company, check it over carefully. Most scam websites are filled with mistakes. If there are a lot of grammar or spelling errors and some of the content doesn’t make much sense, odds are it is a scam.
4. Paid to Recruit
With the exception of direct sales, you shouldn’t be expected to recruit anyone for a job. If the primary job is recruiting, it is not likely to be a legitimate job. Most likely, you would be giving the same sales pitch to other unsuspecting individuals.
5. Few Details
A job advertisement should tell you exactly what you will be doing. However, scam work at home jobs won’t typically be up front with the details. If you are left wondering what you would be doing, it is best to look for something else.
6. Someone Approaches You
When you are looking for a work at home job, it can feel exciting if someone reaches out to you with an offer. Most jobs that fall into your lap unsolicited aren’t likely to work out the way you wanted. Never give your personal information to someone who reaches out to you.
7. Pressure to Act Fast
Work at home jobs may be highly competitive, but any job that puts the pressure on to act quickly is likely to be hiding something. They don’t want you to do your research and find out they are a scam. Don’t trust any company that says you need to act now or miss the opportunity.
8. The Sales Pitch
No job should have to give you a sales pitch to convince you they are the right option for you. Even a direct sales associate should provide you with information without being too much of a sales pitch. Any job website that talks about guarantees with no experience required is not a promising prospect.
9. No Clear Compensation Plan
Even though many scam jobs will make big claims on the amount of money you can make, they aren’t often clear on the compensation you should expect. Any valid job should be able to tell you how much money you will make, either per hour or per task.
10. No Contact Information
Any legitimate company will make it easy for individuals, both customers and prospective employees, to contact them with more questions. Look carefully at any work at home job website and check for contact information. If it isn’t present, look elsewhere for work.
11. Asking for Personal Information
Any job will need tax documents to report your income to the IRS. However, jobs that are a scam may ask for additional personal information that isn’t relevant, such as marital status, ethnic background and number of children.
12. Check the Better Business Bureau
The Better Business Bureau is always a valuable resource to help you identify work at home scams. Always check the Better Business Bureau to see if the company you want to work for has a negative record. Be wary of any company with negative feedback or one that isn’t found.
13. Search the Website and “Scam”
Searching for the name of the company and the word “scam” can help you find reviews on the company. Read these reviews and weigh whether it is likely to be a scam. Always take reviews with a grain of salt. Instead, use them as a complement to other methods of identifying a scam.