The whole idea of working from home is becoming ever so popular as people are finding freedom in working for themselves. Many people are having a lot of success and a lot of fun with their home business. Although, the reality is, that most businesses take some time to get started before they become very profitable.
With the increasing amount of legitimate ways to work from home, the scams are climbing even faster. Of all Internet job postings, over 95% or more are scams. Many promise to pay big money for easy work. Great, right? Well, at least until you pay the start up fees and get no return to only realize you’ve been scammed!
Work from home scams are advertised discretely on a variety of places on line. They may even be linked to websites you trust. Wherever you hear about any work from home job that interests you, it’s a good idea to always check them out with the Better Business Bureau.
The Better Business Bureau rates a business and will recommend if it’s one you can trust. Not every legitimate work from home business or job is affiliated with the BBB, but if it is a scam, they usually have something to say about it! The BBB will also tell you why they give the rating they do. Pay close attention to any complaints made about the business and if they have been resolved.
Some ads may even claim to be a BBB approved business with a high rating, when in fact you go to http://bbb.org and see that they actually have an F rating. Others claim to be affiliated with other companies or have coverage in the news. I’ve even seen scams that claim you can work for companies that you know of (for example there was a scam about working for Google). You can never be too safe and that’s why you should always check with the BBB. Others may advertise local people that supposedly do the work, such as ‘Sarah from Salt Lake City earns 3,000 to 4,000 a month following these simple steps. . .’
When I was first looking to work from home about 3 years ago, I found this seemingly great company that was the top work from home company of the year before. They promised I would make a lot of money for creating ads from information given. The site was detailed and seemed believable to me at that time. I emailed them asking if it didn’t work out that I could get a refund. They wrote back and assured me that I would. Well, I paid the $50 and filled out the application only to learn I had been scammed. Since then, I have learned to be more careful and this is why I am so passionate about this subject.
Whatever your endeavors to work from home, avoid scams by checking out the business with the Better Business Bureau. Another way to avoid scams is by starting your own home business. Also, for more information, see How to tell if a home-based job is a scam.
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