Work at Home Scams

If you need to make money at home, you have no doubt starting looking for work at home opportunities.  Every woman who wants to become a Work at Home Mom has traveled down the same path.  Unfortunately, that path is littered with scams and traps to take money and time from honest women looking to make money from home. With a little common sense and extra research, you can find legitimate work at home opportunities.

The first step is to search for jobs in the right places.  Do not simply click on ads to find work.  Try to find helpful groups of Work at Home Moms who have successful work at home jobs to guide your search.  You can try searching on message boards or finding e-mail groups for ideas of where to start your work at home job search.  Many of these women can give you insight into which work at home opportunities are actually worth your time.

Keep in mind that there are no real ways to get rich quick on the Internet or by working at home.  The only people who get rich are those who are scamming others.  Never believe an ad or an “employer” who claims that you will get rich instantly.

There are also a few red flags to look for when you are searching for Internet jobs.  You should never have to pay for work or job lists.  There are plenty of free listings available that can provide tons of work at home opportunities.  Companies that want to charge you for lists of jobs are just trying to get your money.  The lists are often filled with dead job leads, or lists of companies that want to charge you money.  Many work at home scams will also require you to pay a start-up fee or cover the cost of “necessary” training.  Again, legitimate jobs will never require you to pay them any money for you to work.

Another warning sign is if the ad or web site tells you to “act now.”  You should always do research before joining a company and never feel pressured to make a decision right away.  Many web sites are set up with text that says that the offer will expire on today’s date.  But if you revisit that web site the next day, the ad may say again that the offer expires on that day.

If you are unsure about a company, do some research on the Better Business Bureau web site. The BBB has files on all businesses that have had complaints filed against them.  You can see what other people have to say about a particular company and be steered away from scams.

There are some scams that have been around for years that should be avoided at all costs.  These business scams have unfortunately been successful for the scammers, so they continue to take the money and time of hardworking Work at Home Moms.

 If you see an offer for any of the following types of jobs, run the other way.

Envelope stuffing is a common scam, although it

is being seen less and less these days. These jobs are normally listed as mail service jobs, and then you are asked to pay for a start up kit.  After you receive a start up kit, you are given instructions to place your own work at home ads.  You basically just sell the start up kit to other people and become a scammer.

Craft assembly scams can take many forms.  Typically, you receive a set of crafts to complete with instructions.  You generally pay for the set and then are told you will be reimbursed for the kits and also paid for their assembly.  After working hard at assembling the kits and returning them, you will be told that your work is not up to their quality standards.  You will be out the cost of the kits, and they will sell your crafts anyway.

There are legitimate jobs out there for Work at Home Moms, but you have to do some research on the opportunities first.  With a little time and careful analysis you can find a work at home job that will be rewarding and scam free.

More to follow.

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