As easy as some locations can make it to find potential at-home work
opportunities, not everyone out there is exactly reputable. With this in mind, it’s important to avoid the scammers by taking a cautious approach to any proposition. To avoid problems with at-home work opportunities, freelance contracts and more, make sure to:
- Research companies
Don’t sign on to sell products for a company without understanding
exactly what those products are and what the company’s reputation
happens to be. If you’re freelancing, look into the employer’s reputation.
Freelance sites, for example, will often offer feedback ratings. For other
business opportunities, check with local chambers of commerce or the
Better Business Bureau for background information.
2. Avoid ads that promise the moon and stars
Many advertisements for at-home workers offer a ton of money for a
very little bit of work. Others will try to charge you for the opportunity
to work for them. Unless it’s a franchise with a buy-in fee, be very wary
of anyone who tries to get your cash so you can make money. Also, if
work at home jobs sound too good to be true, they probably are.
Exercise common sense here and do look into backgrounds.
3. Use contracts
It can become all too easy for freelancers, for example, to slip on this
front. Make sure to get clients under contract, even if it’s for a single,
very short-term job. This protects not only you, but also the freelance
4. Opportunities that don’t fit personal plans
If you’re idea is to work at home most of the time and enjoy a flexible
schedule, don’t sign on for a home-based sales position that will eat up
80 hours a week. Keep all your goals in mind when exploring the
possibilities out there.
Finding employers for many at-home positions isn’t as difficult as it might sound. There are a number of resources that can make the task rather easy