In your quest to find legitimate work-from-home jobs, you are more than likely going to run across a scam or two. When you know how to properly research and vet opportunities, you are less likely to be taken by one of these scoundrels. Here are a few signs that will give you some insight into the legitimacy of an opportunity.
There is Positive Feedback in WAH Communities
Research is going to be a lifesaver when it comes to finding a work-at-home job. Luckily, we have an endless amount of free information available to us on the internet. And thousands of people who have shared their experiences openly.
Some of my favorite places to find feedback – good or bad – on a potential job are blogs like mine, the Better Business Bureau and Glassdoor. One thing to remember: unhappy people are more likely leave reviews than happy people. Pay close attention to what any feedback is really saying. If the dissatisfaction was due to a scheduling conflict, that’s not necessarily a reason for you to pass up a job. The schedule may be perfect for you. If it was a problem with a supervisor, keep in mind most of these companies have dozens and dozens of supervisors. What’s the likelihood you will get the same one? Some people are just impossible to please. Read reviews but take them with a grain of salt.
And be cognizant of looking for any excuse not to apply to a job. If you are new to this process it can be easier to simply not move forward than to face uncertainty. If you really want to work from home, you are going to have to make the jump eventually. And sooner is better than later.
They are Transparent about Pay
Many companies do not make their pay structure available until after getting a contract, but most will at least give you a ballpark figure on what kind of pay you can expect and how you will be paid. Will it be weekly or biweekly? Will you be paid by direct deposit or PayPal? If things appear a little too elusive, that may be a red flag.
They are Transparent about the Hiring Process
One thing that should never be a mystery is the hiring process. Will you need to pass a test? Will you need to provide work samples? There are a few work-at-home opportunities that have a very extensive hiring procedure that can drag on for weeks or even months. Without that knowledge upfront, you are likely to drop out long before receiving an offer. And in the case of a scam, you may find out too late that the testing you participated in for free was only a means to get work done for free.
They are Transparent about the Work
One big sign of a scam is when you have no idea what you will be doing to get paid. Under no circumstances should you have to go through an application or training process before receiving information on the scope of work. It’s often a ruse to get you into a position where you can’t say “no.” And that no usually involves money.
They are Transparent about Who They Are
Whenever I come across a new website, the first thing I do is look for an address, phone number and email address. The next thing I look for are social media accounts. You must know who’s paying you. And you should double-check that information by performing a Google search, WhoIs lookup and BBB search. Some companies have multiple locations, but there should be a location listed.
It Should Pass the Smell Test
You know the old adage, “if it’s too good to be true it probably is.” If a job is promising big pay with little to no work, it’s highly unlikely. If those opportunities existed, wouldn’t we all be rich?
In addition to pay that outweighs the complexity of work that’s involved, a big red flag is unsolicited work offers. If an email arrives from a company you have never heard of for a job you never applied to run. The number of people looking for work at home far outweighs the number of jobs available. There is no need for a company to reach out to people that haven’t expressed interest to offer them a job. How would they have gotten your information anyway?
Also, there are a few big scammers running around right now offering people interviews by chat. This could be Facebook Messenger. It may be a Skype chat. This is a red flag. In many cases I have heard these are high-pressure situations where the “interviewer” is offering an amazing job but you need to hand over your personal information NOW. Or, you need to pay some kind of fee NOW. Get out of there fast!
So, Where are the Legitimate Work-at-Home Jobs?
Below are some great companies we know to be legit:
- UnitedHealth Group
- Wells Fargo
- Anthem, Inc.
- Vivint Smart Home
- Connections Education
- A Place for Mom
- American Express
- Measurement, Inc
- Enterprise Holdings
- ACTIVE Network
- Achieve Test Prep
FlexJobs is my favorite job board for finding legit jobs. They research every listing on their site for legitimacy and flexible potential. You can apply with confidence. It’s a paid job board, but it’s so inexpensive. And, they offer a money-back guarantee. If you aren’t happy, you can get a refund.
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