How To Know If Work From Home Jobs Are Legit
This article will discuss how to know if work from home jobs are legit, and what to do if you’re scammed.
Work from home jobs seems like the perfect fit for anyone trying to cut the costs of living. After all, there’s not much overhead cost for hiring the jobbers, and the more hours you work from home the more money you make.
As any smart business owner knows, however, there are many fake works from home jobs out there. They’re usually a scheme to get a jobber to sell the jobber’s business in return for a kickback.
Real work from home jobs come with legal guarantees and take into consideration all the typical costs of a legitimate business like salaries, insurance, taxes, equipment, advertising and marketing costs, etc.
So the real question we need to ask ourselves is this: Is this work from home job legitimate or is it just another scam that you shouldn’t get involved with?
Many people who want to earn extra money through this business are willing to do anything, for the right price, to make a few bucks.
Here are the key factors to look out for when vetting out work-from-home jobs.
1. How many years has the company been in business?
It’s important to know how long the company has been in business before jumping on the opportunity.
If the company has been around for years and has a good reputation, there’s no reason to be concerned.
But if the company’s been around for a year and is just starting, there could be more serious issues that need to be addressed.
2. How much experience does the company or the person selling it have?
A good place to start is to look at the person who is promoting the job.
Are they marketing the job to others on social media and/or online forums?
Are they replying to multiple job leads a day? Can you tell they have no experience?
If they say they can find the job by themselves without any experience, the chances of their claim being true are slim.
3. Does the company or jobber advertise on popular sites and blogs?
Many companies or jobbers will post job openings on websites like Indeed, Craigslist, and Fairy God Job, but it’s important to look at the company’s domain and domain page.
The domain page is where you will typically see the company’s name, its address, and the name of the job seeker.
Look at the ad copy, if you can. Are they sending out scam job leads or are they trying to get people to apply on the spot?
You will also want to look at the domain name. Look for similarities between the company name and the job they’re advertising.
If it looks too similar, be on the lookout.
4. What type of payment do you offer?
If you’re not getting proper pay, it’s usually a red flag. Some companies and jobbers will market the job as a “whatever you can do” job and then make up their own pay scale.
An example is a single mom making $11 an hour to come in and clean the house. It sounds really good, but in reality, that mom is making $11 an hour to do the work of three people.
If the job can be done in an hour, they are probably not charging that much.
5. What are they actually doing for the pay?
Many people will pay a monthly fee to the jobber that pays them a percentage of the job’s earnings. Some jobbers say they charge a 10% fee.
This fee may be more or less depending on the company you hire.
If the job is for $100 and the jobber asks for $105, they aren’t charging enough.
There are also times where the job can take several months to complete.
Some companies and jobbers will require their work to be done in 30 days or less.
If the company offers this type of job and doesn’t follow through on delivering, it’s probably not legitimate.
6. What are the job requirements?
Often there are requirements to enter a certain geographical location or meet specific job qualifications to get a job.
If the job requires you to have an accent or a license to drive, be wary.
Take a look at the job requirements and make sure they are legitimate.
7. What are the estimated start and finish dates?
Most companies and jobbers will try to meet your schedule and can make sure you’re set up when you want to start the job.
If a job is requested to start in the middle of a month and end in a month, it is usually best to take your time and either put in short notice or send a reimbursement.
8. How long does it take to get hired on?
If the job says the person needs to work on a certain skill for 10 days and then have 10 days off, it’s a red flag.
The company should know that it takes several weeks to become fully certified in the skill being learned.
When the company’s job description says the person needs to work for 10 days and then get 10 days off, make sure there’s a plan for those days.
9. How do they contact you once the job is done?
Generally, if the company or jobber contacts you in the form of an email or phone call, it’s legitimate.
But if they never contact you and you have no way of contacting them, it’s probably best to find a new jobber.
10. What do you expect from me in terms of payment?
Let the company know upfront what you expect in terms of payment.
Most jobbers are happy to help the jobber and do the work in exchange for a referral fee.
Make sure you get the name of the jobber, not the company they are affiliated with. You may be asked to refer the job to your friends or family.
Work your way up the referral chain if necessary.