Work From Home Scams

Beware Of Work From Home Scams

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Dear J.T. & Dale: I recently lost my job. I’m now working a part-time job that does not pay enough to maintain my expenses. I’d like to do clerical work from my own house to earn extra money. With all the work from home scams today, could you point me to some sites that could help? — Debbie

J.T.: I find it harder and harder to refer sites like these — the scams seem to be out in full force! To avoid being taken advantage of, be sure you…

(A) Never give any personal info, such as your Social Security number, until you’re at the point of getting a job and getting paid.

(B) Always check out the company’s reputation — do an Internet search, check with the Better Business Bureau and ask to speak to people who’ve been successful using their service.

That said, there is one site getting some good attention, FlexJobs.com. It posts jobs for part-time and work-from-home positions. It’s a subscription service, supposedly to help ensure quality results.

Dale: Backing up, you need to remember employers don’t really want to post a job, especially a highly desirable one like you’re describing. They know all the applications and interviews, plus dealing with all the aggressive candidates who call or stop by, will eat up a lot of their time. So you’ll want to spot jobs before they’re posted, and that doesn’t just mean asking a few friends if they know of any openings. Instead, ask everyone you know if they know anyone who owns or runs a business. Then ask for an introduction, at least via e-mail. Networking isn’t just asking around, it’s gathering leads and following up — that’s the “work” in “networking.”

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2 comments

  1. J.T brings up an excellent point about how you should approach this matter of finding a legitimate job while avoiding these scams. I think too many times people approach networking from a bad angle. You should treat your contacts as your leads/prospects. Not everyone will give the exact connection that you are after all of the time. It is still a numbers game. However with consistent follow ups and consistent lead generation, your odds of landing whatever it is you are after greatly increase. when looking for legitimate jobs which have the ability to be performed from home, it is crucial a person does their research to find out what they can about the company and the job in general. Without this research, no person can be entirely certain the job is not a scam. So if you get the work at home and make money online.

  2. J.T brings up an excellent point about how you should approach this matter of finding a legitimate job while avoiding these scams. I think too many times people approach networking from a bad angle. You see getting a job is a lot like running a business and getting a sale commission for your product/service.

    You should treat your contacts as your leads/prospects. Not everyone will give the exact connection that you are after all of the time. It is still a numbers game. However with consistent follow ups and consistent lead generation, your odds of landing whatever it is you are after greatly increase.

    I believe that this is possibly the greatest way for any professional to look at any profession where business is conducted. Never put all of your eggs in one basket. What are the odds of me getting a specific position if I know a hundred people that have direct contacts to various employers?

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