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There are many postings and listings out there for work from home jobs. Unfortunately, a lot of these are very spammy or just plain scams. Since working from home is so in demand these days, it can be tempting to apply for these kinds of jobs and see where it goes.
Read along for some tips and advice to avoid scams when finding work from home.
Avoid and cease communication with any job asking for personal information from the start, as well as anyone asking for money. You shouldn’t pay to be considered for a job, and if that’s happening, it’s not an appropriate position.
Additionally, if any employer asks you to meet anywhere that sounds strange, or says anything that sends off alarm bells - always question this for your own safety.
Sometimes you’ll come across positions that sound a little bit too good. Do you get to work from home for 5 hours per week, make $150,000 with the potential to grow that 10 times in a year? While that sounds like the job of a lifetime, it’s more than likely not true! These types of outlandish claims are a great clue that the job is less-than-truthful.
Sometimes the grandiose promises aren’t uncovered until you speak with someone. You might be applying to what seems to be a very normal work from home position, but you might find out that it pays very little, or requires strange networking or payment plans and requirements. These are typically scams that might make you find new recruits and others as part of the scam. Avoid these at all costs!
This can apply to being inappropriate in content or inappropriate in requests from the employer. As a general rule, avoid websites not set up specifically for work from home jobs, as they typically attract a lot of scams. Also, if they are soliciting personal photos and information - or showing inappropriate photos and information - it’s not a legitimate home based job.
If you see continuous postings from the same company with very generic information and skillset requirements, this is typically a scam. You will also find that your emails get bounced back from the listing contact address, which is another telling sign. As far as repeated listings, scammy jobs often post the same job over and over again, often taking up hundreds of pages with it. This is almost always some type of scam trying to target as many people as possible. Avoid these!
HireMyMom.com prides itself on providing legitimate work from home jobs from reputable companies and individuals. Many jobs sites feature work from home jobs that are simply scams, multi-level marketing opportunities, or other types of illegitimate work that isn’t what most of us are searching for. When you’re specifically seeking a work from home position, choose a site that’s known for this type of work! You’re far, far less likely to encounter spam and actually find a profitable work from home position.
Many people want to work from home, but it can be difficult to find legitimate home based careers. While there are several positions available, most sound too good to be true - and they may be.
Besides doing your research to ensure that your job and the company you work for are legitimate, there are some other ways to sort through the noise of less-than-ideal work from home jobs.
Alert services such as Google Alerts allow you to set notifications via email on certain topics. If you set an alert for “work from home position,” you will get periodic emails when a phrase matching this description appears in any online news.
While this may not seem like an ideal method, it can help you to find home based careers that are advertising in non-traditional ways. It can also alert you to work from home job sites, which are great starting points for your home based search.
The best way to get a legitimate home based career is to look on specific job boards and sites that specialize in this niche. Sites such as HireMyMom.com only post legitimate jobs, and even eliminate any MLM and network marketing positions as well.
While all work from home niche sites and boards may not screen, they are a starting point. It’s less than likely that you’ll find many legitimate work from home jobs on general job sites such as Monster, Indeed, and so on.
LinkedIn can be helpful in any job search, but especially for virtual jobs. When you search at the top of the homepage, you can type in phrases such as “social media telecommute” and find a wide variety of virtual positions available.
Since LinkedIn requires a substantial job posting fee, the jobs are more likely to be legitimate.
Networking is and will always be your #1 source for job leads. When you tell your contacts and networking colleagues that you’re in the market for a home based job, they’ll keep their ears open. Also, many companies, small businesses, and entrepreneurs need administrative, social media, and other home based jobs completed, so you may just be in the right place at the right time. It’s always best (and easiest) to consult your network first and foremost!
Overall, always do your own due diligence when seeking a work from home career. Even the most legitimate sounding jobs can turn out to be duds, but asking the right questions to ask in the interview can help. If you do this, and only accept jobs that have tasks and companies that you feel are appropriate, you’ll be well on your way to a legitimate home based career.