If you are thinking about jumping back into the workforce and making money from home instead of going into an office; then there are some things you should know before you decide.
A survey by the Flex+Strategy Group reports that almost one third of U.S. employees now have access to working from home programs. Either part-time or full-time “telecommuting” positions such as: Human Resource Manager, Computer Systems Analyst, Civil Engineer, Actuary or Risk Analyst, Systems Administrator, Data Scientist, Management Consultant, Software Support Engineer, Computer Programmer or Statistician. Obviously you must have the skills and experience to qualify for one of these opportunities.
There are other creditable work from home opportunities such as the ones reported by MSN News: www.alpineacces.com, www.arise.com, www.liveops.com and www.westathome.com. However, there is a catch; you are required to have a personal room that you can make like an office setting, a computer with Internet connect (NOT WIFI), a home landline phone separate from you home line or if you use your home line you cannot have call waiting. You may not have any background noise like children, pets, TV etc. or they will terminate your agreement.
There are a lot of work-at-home offers that are not very desirable or are just outright scams!
I’ll quote a report by Wikipedia on examples of types of work that I thought about, laughed about and promptly forgot about!
“Types of work. (Wikipedia ) Common types of work found in work-at-home schemes include:
Stuffing envelopes => Assembly of items of some type, such as crafts, jewelry or medical equipment. The worker is required to pay up front for materials and construction kits, and when they attempt to sell the finished products back to the scheme’s organizer, they are told that the products “don’t meet our specifications”, leaving the worker with assembled products and no buyer.
Data entry => Processing medical claims. The worker pays several hundred dollars for medical billing software, but will later discover that most medical clinics process their own bills, outsource their billing to established firms rather than individuals, or have stricter requirements than the purchased software can provide.
Forum spamming => Usually advertised as some variant of “email processing”, the worker is simply given instructions on spamming online forums, and told they can make money by selling these same instructions online.
Making phone calls => Phone sex; Fortune telling; Online surveys.
Sales of a product or service that is difficult or impossible to sell. => This is often done in the form of a pyramid scheme.
Some ads claim to offer a device that makes passive sales calls, and the “employee” will be paid a commission of the sales.
Operating an online website on behalf of the scammer => (who in turn is paid to set it up), reselling various generic “merchandise” provided by the scammer who then ships to the customer. No mention is made as to why the scammer doesn’t simply run the website themselves.
Some ads offer legitimate forms of work that really do exist, but exaggerate the salary and understate the effort that will have to be put into the job, or the exaggerate amount of work that will be available. Many such ads do not even specify the type of work that will be performed.
Some similar schemes do not advertise work that would be performed at home, but may instead offer occasional, sporadic work away from home for large payments, paired with a lot of free time. Some common offers fitting this description are:
Acting – Seeking extras to perform in movies and television commercials.
Mystery shopping, which offers “Getting paid to shop and dine”. While mystery shopping actually does exist, it requires hard work, is paid close to minimum wage, and most importantly, does not require an up-front fee to join.”
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That’s some of the Good, Bad and Ugly in the work-at-home business I personalty discovered. Tell us about your impressions or experiences to help others by leaving a comment below.
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