Most people would love the benefits that come from working from home. Unfortunately, there are businesses out there that know this and try to make money by peddling work-from-home scams.
These scams can often be difficult to recognize at first, and many actually look legitimate. These top warning signs will help you steer clear of work from home scams.
Signs of Work From Home Scams
The company requires you to make a purchase upfront
No legitimate job will ask you to pay for anything; you’re working for them for money, not the other way around. If any job asks you to pay for training materials or items to sell, avoid it. It’s most likely a scam.
This is also how MLM companies work and they tend to work only for the people who got in to the company very early.
I know there are people who do make a lot of money in MLM. I just know a lot more people who have lost money in MLM.
The company promises very high pay for little work
In this case, the old saying “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is” applies. Any job that promises you can make hundreds or even thousands of dollars a week doing a few hours of work is not a legitimate job.
And you may find these types of jobs depend on you recruiting other people. In turn, your people may also have to recruit other people. Every recruit brings in more money.
The company relies on high pressure tactics
Another sure sign of a scam is one that pressures you to act quickly. Promises to the first people who apply or claims that the employment opportunity is only good for the next 24 hours are often scams.
Even if the company is actually not a scam, consider the high pressure tactics they are using. They won’t be any different dealing with you this way, if you go to work for them.
The company has poor online reviews
Do a quick Internet search of the company. Look at their website and search for company reviews. A very basic website with no contact information? Avoid them.
Can’t find the company online at all? Never mind, don’t bother applying. People complaining about the company and leaving numerous bad reviews. Reconsider.
If they have a bad rating from the Better Business Bureau, it’s best to avoid the company altogether.
The company gives you vague or no information
A company that promises you can make money from a work from home opportunity but doesn’t tell you anything about the opportunity before you pay money is another sign of a scam.
As with any job, a legitimate opportunity will be very specific about what they do and the type of employee they are looking for. Legitimate companies do not waste their time advertising very general skills they are wanting.
They are specific and concise. They have a clear job description and the qualifications needed to apply for the job.
While there are many clues that a work-from-home opportunity isn’t legitimate, these are some of the most common and obvious indicators.
When looking for opportunities to work from home, remember that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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