Developing Your Work-at-Home 'Scam Radar'

Written by Angela Wu

The work at home market is huge, and growing everyday. You can hardly be online for one minute before you're confronted with business opportunities and offers of home based work.

Forrepparttar 'newbies' torepparttar 118013 work-at-home market, here are a few tips to help you avoidrepparttar 118014 scams ...


You've probably seen those mouth-watering ads that tempt you withrepparttar 118015 promise of $2 (or $3 or $4) for each and every envelope you stuff.

Doesrepparttar 118016 phrase, 'Too good to be true' come to mind?

It should. In this technologically-advanced era, we have envelope stuffing machines that can dorepparttar 118017 work cheaper and faster than hiring a home worker. Even without a machine, why would a company pay someone $2000 to stuff 1000 envelopes, when they can pay any number of willing local workersrepparttar 118018 same MONTHLY salary to stuff unlimited envelopes?

This is how it works: Normally you pay a 'startup' or 'materials' fee - or sometimesrepparttar 118019 scammer states thatrepparttar 118020 fee is to 'make sure you're serious'.

You stuffrepparttar 118021 envelopes with a flyer or circular that attempts to scam another poor soul into parting withrepparttar 118022 startup fee.

In all these years online, I have never met anyone who's made even a single dollar with envelope stuffing.


It sounds so reasonable. You pay for materials and instructions. They send you a kit. You assemblerepparttar 118023 item, andrepparttar 118024 company buys it back from you to sell to their own customers.

Reality: you payrepparttar 118025 startup fee. You getrepparttar 118026 kit and assemblerepparttar 118027 item. The company rejects your assembled product because it 'doesn't meet quality standards'. You can stuck with a ton of junk, which you may or may not be able to resell to customers you find on your own.

Are there legitimate assembly work opportunities? Possibly. A healthy dose of skepticism will help to protect you from potential scams.


"No experience necessary" is most often termed, "Entry level position" in a real job listing. It isn't too likely that a company would hire someone with no experience to work from home because:

= Training them would be difficult. = Companies tend to prefer telecommuters who have *proven* that they are capable, independent workers who don't need supervision.

Sure, there are legitimate companies that will train you. However, companies that are offering telecommuting work are likely looking for qualified prospects with proven track records.


There are loads of job postings that state that you can earn several thousands a month, working 20 hours a week doing typing or data entry or some other administrative work.

Do You Have the Discipline to Work from Home?

Written by Angela Wu

It's a common perception that home workers experience a significant boost in productivity. Although this can be true, it isn't true for everyone.

As a home worker - whether you work for a company or work for yourself - it's up to YOU to ensure that you getrepparttar job done. Working from home, no matter how great it sounds in theory, isn't for everyone. It takes a certain type of person to be successful at home. Ask yourself:

= Can I resistrepparttar 118012 temptations around me, such asrepparttar 118013 TV, refrigerator,repparttar 118014 sunny deck or garden?

= Am I well-organized? Can I work without supervision and keep track of what still needs to be done, and by when? = Do I tend to put things off until 'later', or am I self- motivated? Will I be able to completerepparttar 118015 tasks at hand effectively and on time?

= Do I have good time-management skills?

= Can I work alone, or would I missrepparttar 118016 daily interaction with co-workers in a traditional office environment? Would I be tempted to make excessive personal phone calls just to 'make contact'?

= Am I able to set goals and stick to them?

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