By Kimi Clark
Maybe you desperately want to find a work from home job that will allow you to leave the rat race and be more present for your family. But with all the scams out there, how do you know if the job you're applying for is a scam?
While the internet makes it easier to find the good stuff, unfortunately, it also brings out the crud in people (and businesses!) You should always make sure you know exactly what you're getting into to avoid any horrible mistakes, possibly significant ones.
Here are a few things you should know to steer clear of red flags and avoid the scams:
Never Pay For A Job.
If the company asks you for money upfront, don't fall for it, it's most likely a scam. Now I'm not talking about a direct sales business where you have to invest in a startup kit or materials to get started, but a work-at-home position with an established company should never ask you to pay them to begin working for them. The chances of you ever seeing your money back are pretty non-existent.
Watch What Google Says.
Always do your due diligence and research a potential employer before beginning work. Look at reviews, and even type in the company name with the word ‘scam' after and see what comes up. Chances are if you find several scam posts about them on Google — you'd better watch out!
It's All In The Details.
When you find a work from home job, the details of your employment should be spelled out clearly, so you know exactly what you're doing and when you're doing it. They should be complete, thorough and easy to understand. Genuine jobs you can do from home will have your tasks laid out in a detailed and relatively simple manner.
Withholding Information About The Business Upfront.
I know for some people they use this as a hook to get others curious about a work from home opportunity, but personally, I find it annoying and not reputable. If your opportunity to put me to work from home is so great, why aren't you shouting the name of your business (not to mention exactly what you do) from the rooftops? I sure would be! If I have to go to a website with absolutely no information about what you do and leave all my personal info just so I can find out if it's even something I would consider doing, count me out!
Listen To Others Who Have Gone Before You.
Unless this is a brand new company, then surely there are other people out there who have worked for them. Two words: FIND THEM. Look at what they have to say, read their testimonies … heck, even send them an email if that's what it takes and ask about their experience working for the company. There's no one better to tell you what the job is like than someone who has previously done it.
There is definitely real work from home jobs, but they aren't always easy to find. It takes a lot of research and investigation to make sure the one you're looking at is an actual opportunity and not a scam, but believe me; it will be worth it. The time and money you could save by accepting the wrong job are well worth any time you spend researching your potential employer.
Have any other ideas on how to weed out work from home scams? Share your knowledge in the comments!
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Kimi Clark is a career stay at home mom turned writer and blogger for hire with a passion for business. She specializes in posts about writing, blogging and entrepreneurship, as well as all things parenting and motherhood. Owner & Founder of The Mom Shopping Network, you’ll find her there writing, hosting giveaways, and supporting moms in both their business and motherhood journey. She’s also a devoted wife and mother of four who loves the beach and her early morning coffee.