There are 1000s of legitimate work-from-home jobs. Unfortunately, some scams prey on people who are actively looking for work-from-home opportunities. Here are some ways that you can tell the difference between a bogus and a legitimate work-from-home job. As with everything in life, there are always exceptions, but this should help you be safer on your search for a great work-from-home job.
It Sounds To Go To Be True
You may have heard the saying before that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This saying applies to work-from-home jobs as well. There are legitimate work-from-home jobs that pay high salaries, have benefits, and are reputable. Some scams disguise themselves as legitimate jobs. Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference.
A job posting with a much higher salary than the average salary should prompt you to do further research. Scams often try to get personal information, such as Social Security Numbers, by having applicants apply for a position. Applicants may be more willing to give their private information when the salary is higher.
There are many resources online that will tell you the average salary for a position based on how much experience you have. We would recommend using a salary comparison tool.
Another option is to do a quick reality check with a friend or family member by asking them what they think of the opportunity. They may have a more objective opinion of how realistic the salary is. Please feel free to contact us for our opinion.
You Did Not Fill Out An Application For The Job
Have you received an offer for a job but you’re not sure why because you didn’t apply? It could be that you are just that awesome. Or it could be a scam that sent out emails to many, many people in hopes that a small percentage of people would fall for the scam.
If you have applied for many jobs and cannot remember if you applied for a position, you may want to:
- Google the name of the company
- Google the email address the email came from
- Try to find the recruiter who sent you the email on Google and LinkedIn
By using these basic searches, you should come up with some information. If not, you may want to consider why a company that is not searchable online would be offering you a work-from-home job.
Pay To Work From Home
Typically, when you work from home, you do not have to pay any fees. There are exceptions to this rule.
Here are two legitimate work from home companies that have charges associated with them:
Arise hires independent contractors to work from home. The process of becoming an independent contractor is more complex than some other jobs. You need to establish a business. Once you begin working for them, they charge $39.50 per month to access their technical support, scheduling system, and infrastructure.
Nexrep is another company that hires work from home independent contractors. Representatives at Nexrep often take calls for clients that involve personal information, which is why a background check is required. The background check protects their clients and themselves. The Nexrep webpage states that the background fee is a one-time charge of $25.
Many companies that have on-site employees have background checks. However, they typically do not charge their soon-to-be employees. Some companies that hire people to work from home workers hire them as independent contractors. These types of positions often charge a fee because independent contractors are not employees.
Typos And Questionable Grammar
The typo and grammar rule can apply to job postings online and emails you receive for job offers.
Most companies have someone in human resources to help them find prospective employees. A human resource representative will typically write a sentence that is easy to read with no typos. Spellcheck is available in pretty much every computer and browser, so there should be minimal or no errors.
There are also Chrome extensions, such as Grammarly, that help with word order and syntax errors. The combination of resources to help with typos and grammar should allow a human resource representative – or just about anyone – to create a well-spoken message.
Final Words Of Wisdom
The legitimate work from home job you are looking for is out there. Following the above guidelines will help weed out some of the scams. The challenging part about work from home scams is they often seem very similar to legitimate jobs.
We do thorough research on job postings on the Best Of Remote Job Board. We understand your time is valuable to you. We share work from home jobs with well-known companies with good reputations in the industry.
We also offer job search support. We can evaluate your skills, schedule requirements, desired pay, and other preferences to recommend specific companies and positions to you. There is no charge for this service. We are trying to help others.
We will not ask for any personal information, such as Social Security Number or date of birth. Contact us today so that your job search can be easier and safer!
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