Working from home has always been considered a privilege. But now with recent coronavirus outbreak, it’s become a necessity. Time magazine has dubbed this the world’s biggest work-from-home experiment. And it doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.
There were scammers out there before trying to take your money. Now there are going to be even more of them, and we all need to be able to see the signs before its too late.
Is It Too Good To Be True?
Yep, in most cases, if it’s too good to be true, then most likely it is. That seems to be the case with just about everything these days. Sad, isn’t it?
One place I like to go is to the Better Business Bureau and plug in the name of the company that is offering a job. You would be amazed at how many scams get reported every day. By typing in the business name, the site will tell you if others have been “had” or not.
Just because a business doesn’t come up as a scam when you look at the BBB website doesn’t mean they are in the clear yet, though.
If they want to charge you to work for them, then please don’t even think about it. Businesses that want you to come up with the money to pay for the equipment and/or training to work for them aren’t worth your time. Even if they do have actual work for you, you won’t be able to afford to work for them because you’re still making payments on the equipment and training you needed. I mean, what these companies are making money at is charging you exorbitant prices to be able to work for them for minimal pay.
Have you gotten detailed job offers from what seem like real companies, but you never applied for them? I have, and it immediately put up a red flag.
I had also gotten job offers from businesses that wanted my social security and bank account numbers right off the bat before I even had an interview. That just doesn’t sit with me, and hopefully you either. Occasionally I did transcribe work for a company, and they paid me through PayPal, which doesn’t require any personal ID numbers.
Job Finder Websites
Flex-jobs is one of the websites that I have used off and on over the past few years. They’re a company that was founded just for the sole reason of having so many scammers out there. They go through all of the advertising out there, check them out for you and then post them on their job board. For a monthly fee, you can look over those jobs and apply.
Another good one that finds legitimate online jobs is Virtual Vocations. They also offer services for updating or writing resumes. They will send you emails when they find posts meeting your criteria.
There are other sites out there, but again you have to check them out first before you consider giving them any credit card information.
Jobs That Are Out There
There are places that small businesses use to set up their web sites. But many don’t have the time or know-how to do it themselves. But they are willing to hire others to do it for them as well as write a blog for them.
Medical Transcribing and Coding
This takes some training and experience to be able to do from home. But it can be done. Many doctor’s offices and hospitals these days are trying to get back to taking care of their patients and leaving the billing to trained staff that works from home.
Social Media Managers
This is a relatively new position. But I can see it moving forward quickly in the near future. Businesses are looking for new ways to advertise their business and are looking to social media to do it. This type of advertising takes a lot of continuous updating to expand the business’ reach.
Bookkeeping and Data Entry
Not all businesses are large enough to employ a full-time bookkeeper, so they are turning to bookkeepers that handle multiple companies from their homes.
Data entry can also be done from home. Businesses need to have things like their inventory and job performances tracked. Hiring freelance people for these jobs saves the employer time and money.
Call Center Representatives
I’m not talking about the spamming call centers either. There are businesses out there that need people to answer IT questions about their business as well as take payments and start subscriptions. They need someone to answer at all hours, and it’s not practical to have someone on-site for this.
There are several well-known insurance companies out there that have been hiring to work from home. Not all of the openings are necessarily for insurance agents, either. There are openings for workers comp clinical case managers, SIU- medical fraud & major case consultants, sales consultants, claims adjusters, service reps, management roles, IT, and executive roles.
Start Your Own Business
If you have great self-discipline and don’t want to work for anyone, you can always start your own business.
Do you have something that you’re passionate about and want to share it with others? You can start your blog in just a few minutes. With the right tools, you can start making money, showing others all about your specific niche.
For example, you may love to cook healthy. You can start a site showing others how you cook healthy for your family. Then using affiliate marketing techniques, you can also earn money.
Wealthy Affiliate is one of the top affiliate marketing training sites out there for those that want to start a blog and affiliate marketing.
It’s not a get-rich-quick recipe, but with some hard work and determination, it is possible to cook up an income.
So if you were one of the unlucky ones that lost your job during the COVID-19 pandemic or just don’t want to commute to work anymore, there are jobs out there. Just don’t let your guard down. There are more scammers out there than there are real jobs. And remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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