Avoiding work at home scams can seem like a real chore sometimes.
This is because there are plenty of people out there who are bent on picking your pocket and giving nothing of any real value in return. Of course everybody behaves this way in business but it seems like the ones in the loudest, promising lots of money in jobs for you, have the least to really offer.
If this wasn’t bad enough, these scams can sometimes prevent really good people who just want to make some extra money from doing so. Yes there really are legitimate work at home opportunities but sifting through fact from fiction can be a full-time job! So what is a potential work at home person to do? Simple; follow the steps below in order to protect yourself and you will be able to eventually unearth the right kind of work at home opportunity for you:
Trust but verify – there are many excellent opportunities for work at home jobs and potential startup businesses. There is a single golden rule that you should follow; “if it sounds too good to be true most likely it is!” Trust but verify means that you accept what someone is telling you until you research to make sure. Research includes:
- Check to see the businesses rating with the Better Business Bureau. https://www.bbb.org/en/us/ this speaks volumes about the business.
- Check rip-off report to see whether or not the business you are considering working with has ever screwed someone else: http://www.ripoffreport.com/
- Do a Google search with the word scam attached to the business: i.e. “Homeworking Newsletter + Scam”.
Read posts and contact past customers – this is another easy way to fully understand exactly what you are getting into. People love to write about their experiences online and you should always search for posts and testimonials that are made by people who were not part of the business but have experienced what they have to offer.
Credit status of the company – a simple surface level credit check can speak volumes. Is the business in debt? Are they about to go out of business? Has the owner and declared bankruptcy and walked away from their investments thereby hurting investors?
Trade association records – many companies greatly prized their trade association records but these are also an excellent reflection on how the company will do business with others. How is the company behaved with other companies? How is their business to business relationship with their peers? Are there peer reviews about their services?
Following these three simple checks will identify 90% of businesses that either does not provide the service they say they will or seem to have some type of systematic rip-off taking place. Believe me people use online systems now to report if they’ve been ripped off so make sure that you check all of these before you attempt to take on any type of homeworking job or opportunity.
Now you know how to avoid work at home scams and find real businesses that need you and will treat you well.
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