Legitimate Work At Home Jobs

In this day and age, we’re bombarded with emails and tweets, promising us that we can make a lot of money in a short amount of time by working from home.

How do we know if this is a legitimate work-from-home job?

Well, the old adage “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” comes to mind when I see many of these types of ads.

How then, can we determine which of these job opportunities are legitimate?

Never Pay To Apply

Believe or not, many people fall prey to the supposed employers that ask for money upfront for work at home directories, or starter kits. A legitimate employer would never ask for money.

This is one of those SMH moments…

Research The Company

If this company is legitimate, they will have a professional website and will have plenty of reviews online. Don’t go off of reviews on their official web site, as you never know if the reviews are legitimate. Find out if the company is publicly traded. How long has the company been around for? Do your due diligence and make sure that the company doesn’t have a bad rap before taking the plunge. GlassDoor has a nice feature that allows you to see the reviews on specific companies.

Ever hear of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)?

They’ve got a nice resource for dealing with (and reporting) potential job scams.

Get References From Others

If the company has kept their promises to past or current employees, they should have nothing to hide from you…

Politely ask the prospective employer if they may provide you with some contact information so that you could chat with an employee and gain some insight into their experience. If the employer is reluctant or flat out denies, this is a huge red flag!

You’re Not Going To Get Rich

Seriously, this should be obvious.

A lot of these scammers exploit the financially weak into a false sense of optimism, promising them that they’ll make an abundance of cash once up-to-speed. The sad truth is that the overwhelming majority of these people never reach anything near what’s promised. My advice is to find out how employees are compensated. Is the job commission based? Hourly? Daily? Be weary of commission-based opportunities. These may look appealing on paper, but rarely do they pay out as many would expect.

Avoid Reshipping Scams

Reshipping jobs are often times a way for scammers to avoid getting nailed by authorities. What scammers will often do is purchase goods with stolen credit cards that need to be shipped internationally. When they ship this to you for you to reship, it’s your address that’s on the package. Guess whose door the police come knocking on? You guessed it; you!

Exercise caution and use your intuition if offered a work-from-home job. Using the tips above will definitely help reduce the chances of getting scammed.

Stick With the Reputable Companies

You’d be surprised at how many reputable, Fortune 500 companies have openings for remote jobs. Some include:

  • Amazon
  • CVS
  • Williams-Sonoma
  • U-Haul
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Xerox
  • Dell
  • Apple

and many more!

Take a look at some of the best companies that hire remote employees.