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.
For 'newbies' to work-at-home market, here are a few tips to help you avoid scams ...
1. ENVELOPE STUFFING IS A SCAM.
You've probably seen those mouth-watering ads that tempt you with promise of $2 (or $3 or $4) for each and every envelope you stuff.
Does phrase, 'Too good to be true' come to mind?
It should. In this technologically-advanced era, we have envelope stuffing machines that can do 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 workers same MONTHLY salary to stuff unlimited envelopes?
This is how it works: Normally you pay a 'startup' or 'materials' fee - or sometimes scammer states that fee is to 'make sure you're serious'.
You stuff envelopes with a flyer or circular that attempts to scam another poor soul into parting with startup fee.
In all these years online, I have never met anyone who's made even a single dollar with envelope stuffing.
2. STAY AWAY FROM ASSEMBLY WORK
It sounds so reasonable. You pay for materials and instructions. They send you a kit. You assemble item, and company buys it back from you to sell to their own customers.
Reality: you pay startup fee. You get kit and assemble 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.
3. "NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY" = BE CAREFUL!
"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.
4. DO THE MATH.
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.