More and more people are searching for work from home jobs, but many find it difficult to secure a position because they do not know where to start – plus, there are so many scam positions that it can be difficult for any would-be job hunter to find the right job for them. But there are literally thousands and thousands of legitimate work from home jobs – it just takes a little more time and effort to find them.
Avoiding Scam Jobs
Internet fraud is now more sophisticated than ever before and newer and more complicated scams are occurring day in, day out, across the country. One such scam is the “seems too good to be true” work from home job. These scam jobs are often advertised on local selling sites like Craigslist and Gumtree, rather than through their own legitimate website, and offer a wide variety of job perks. These positions advertise salaries of anywhere from $250 a week to $2500 a week, depending on “how much work” you put in, working as few or as many hours per week as you like. The catch? 9 times out of 10, these positions require you to send in a small “token” payment of anywhere from $5 to $100, while others ask for your bank details so that they can take the funds directly. Because $5 sounds like a small amount, thousands and thousands of people would be willing to pay – which adds up to a huge pay day at the end of the month for the organization who posted the job. In general, these positions are no more than pyramid schemes. If you're unsure, email to clarify what the job entails. Most genuine companies will be happy to give you at least a brief overview of the
How Can I Tell if a Job is Legitimate?
There are thousands of companies out there that are willing to hire people to work from home, so don't just assume that all jobs are scams. Generally, legitimate work at home positions include responsibilities like customer service, customer agent, writing, transcribing, recruiting, sales, tech, web design, marketing, telemarketing and customer care, although positions like illustration, copywriting and voice work are also fairly common. With a quick internet search, you should be able to tell whether a company is legitimate or not. Generally, you should be able to find background information, information about the company or employer or at least more information about the position. If you are unable to find anything, run addresses, phone numbers and email addresses through Google too.
What Job Can I Do?
When looking for work from home jobs, the first thing you need to do is assess your own skill set. What is it that you can do? What did you do in your previous job and how can you apply those skills? Once you've had a good think about the type of skills that you can bring to a job, you'll be able to assess how those skills could work for other positions. For example, if you worked as a salesperson, you might also be able to work in customer service or sales writing. Think about what you can do and search for jobs that match that skill set.
There is a work from home job for everyone – you just need to go out there and find it.