There are a huge number of legitimate work-at-home opportunities. It is especially important to make sure those opportunities are not a scam. Especially now, during COVID-19 – many employers have been forced into allowing employees to work from home to keep their businesses running. I suspect that any earlier misgivings will be altered or no longer exist after the curtain is pulled back on this isolation period.
However, be aware that there are still unscrupulous people out there, and scams do still exist. It is your responsibility to do your due diligence. It’s not always easy to tell the real deal from a scam.
Here are some signs to watch out for when starting your search for a work-at-home job:
- It is important to know exactly who you would be working for. When you find a job you’re interested in, research the company. Check them out with the BBB, Consumer Affairs, and search the internet for complains or poor reviews.
- Check THEIR references: they ask for yours, it’s your responsibility to interview them as well.
- Any company that asks YOU to put your own money up front should be viewed with skepticism. Especially if this is a company you have never heard of. Unless you are a freelance worker – equipment used for a legitimate company should be provided to you.
- If you are a freelancer with job postings on sites such as upwork.com or fiverr.com, be sure that any jobs you take are done so within the agreed upon online job platforms. Often people will ask to pay you “outside” the platform. This is a huge red flag that you are being set up to be scammed by check or money order fraud.
Thanks to technology, the ability to work from home has now become a reality for a large percentage of the population. If this is something you have always dreamed of, this unfortunate turn of events just might have brought the opportunity you have been waiting for. Just make sure that you have done the research to make it a good experience.