Many people are looking for a new career where they can work at home and still make money. Search the Internet for work at home jobs, and you will be overwhelmed with the number of websites. However, there are several work at home scams floating around on the Internet that you need to watch out for. Here are few things to avoid as you look for a legitimate work at home job.
First, beware of jobs that promise you can get rich quickly. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Beware of ads that ask you to send money to receive information about the job or ask you to buy something to begin the program. Most legitimate job advertisements do not require an investment. Watch out for exaggerated claims of product effectiveness. These advertisements ask you to invest in a new miracle product, which you either don?t receive or is much harder to sell than advertised. You might also be liable if you are asked to sell a fraudulent program to others.
Common work at home schemes including stuffing envelopes, work at home assembly, chain letters and processing medial insurance claims. These scams usually involve money upfront for training or for products which never materialize. The work at home assembly programs often leave people with products they assemble and don?t get paid for.
Work at home scams will never offer you a regular salary for a specific job. They might use personal testimonials about the success of their program without identifying specific names. Work at home schemes usually require no experience, yet guarantee that you will make huge profits. Avoid work at home job advertisements with typing errors or advertisements typed in all capital letters. This is a good indication that the organization is not very professional. Look for contact information in the job advertisement. No contact information usually means it is not a legitimate ad. Vague job descriptions are also indicative of a scam.
If you become a victim to a work at home scam, ask the company for a refund. Notify law enforcement officials, your local Better Business Bureau and your state?s Attorney General office if they refuse to send you a refund. Document all your involvement with the company such as phone calls and keep all your paperwork.
There are many genuine work at home jobs available. Protect yourself by avoiding the common pitfalls of work at home scams.
Copyright 2006 Harrold Swalve
For those of us who work from our homes, it is just as easy to become a workaholic and neglect our relationships as it is for those who commute and work in a cubicle all day. Although there isn’t someone standing over us all day, we often push ourselves harder because we know we only earn in relation to what we put out. However, while focusing on our career is necessary, it is also important to devote quality time to our relationships with our spouses, children, and friends.
Our families are often the reasons we have chosen to work at home in the first place. The morning commute was replaced with the ability to see our loved ones off to school and work, while the reverse is true in the evening. Spending every waking hour at our computer, or in our office, defeats the purpose of choosing to stay at home.
Perhaps many of us are not working that many hours per day, but rather are constantly mismanaging our time. Doing that puts us in the position of having to work during the usual “family time” in order to make up for lost productivity.
The simplest ways to ensure we devote enough time and energy to both our work and relationships are to set boundaries for both and make a “work and play” schedule. If we worked outside the home we would most likely have a daily schedule to keep to, so why not create one for working in our homes?
It is important to have time with friends and family, and if the only way to make it happen is to schedule it, then do it. In addition, put special dates and family events on the work calendar in order to avoid interference with projects. It may also be helpful to schedule “vacation” days, and reward hard work with a day off to spend time and energy having fun with friends and family.
We should also step away from our work when it is apparent our families’ needs have surpassed those of our jobs. If a child is sent home sick for the day, spend some time comforting and taking care of them. If a friend wants to get together, but you have a project due in a few hours, take some time the next day to treat them to lunch instead.
Finally, while a little “overtime” will be sometimes be needed to get a project done on time, there are certain moments when work should be limited, or avoided altogether. Frequently working in bed can be damage a marriage, ignoring a child’s request for help could be dangerous, and pulling up to the computer desk while company is over can be viewed as rude behavior.
We should always remember that fostering our relationships will prove to be more valuable to our work when those around us are more supportive of what we do. Showing our loved ones that they come first will earn that much needed support, and this in turn will create more harmony at home for everyone.
There are many options for people who want to work at home. Deciding what type of work you want to do is the first step towards your work at home career. Work at home jobs require you to report to an employer, who might have you work a set schedule or have certain requirements.
Starting your own home businesses might require an upfront fee or startup fee to get started. However, you are your own boss. Home businesses might take some time before you see returns while work at home jobs are usually part-time or on an as need basis.
You can also choose to become an independent contractor or freelancer. Independent contractors can choose to accept certain jobs. Independent contractors also have more freedom to set their schedule whereas a company employee has the stability and benefits of being regular employee. However, company employees do not have the freedom to accept or reject specific jobs.
There is a variety of work at home opportunities for both independent contractors and as a company employee. Narrow your search for work at home employment by realizing your skills and previous experience.
Work at home opportunities includes areas such as customer service, freelance writing, data entry, telemarketing, typing, graphic design, web design, and transcription to name a few.
Many companies do not post their work at home jobs because they are flooded with applications from people who do not possess the skills for the job. You should think about your work at home job search as a regular job search.
Apply for jobs that you are actually qualified to do. You might even apply for jobs that allow you to work at home on a part-time basis. Employers might be willing to extend it to a full-time basis after an initial period. Begin your work at home endeavor with a goal. You should set a plan for what you want to accomplish. Be informed about work at home opportunities by joining message boards or online communities. These are good place to meet with others who work at home and to find ideas and information. When you first start out looking for work at home opportunities plan to take small steps. Make a few phone calls, contact potential employers and send out s. Setting a small daily goal will help you feel like you are accomplishing something.
“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible”.
Copyright 2006 Harrold Swalve
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