You have likely seen me say and have read many times by people trying to steer you away from Work from Home Online Scams to never pay for an online job. However, many of us have been guilty of doing just that.
Heck, one of my first and best paying home based jobs required me to pay $150 up front!
They were and still are very legit and I made that money back within my first week. Therefore, the advice to never pay for work is not always accurate.
But it is difficult to explain the distinguishing factors between paying to start your own freelance business with the scams that want to charge you to teach you information or provide you with work. So, what are the identifiers that let you know when it is safe to fork over some money to work?
What are you paying for?
If you are paying for information then proceed with caution.
The internet is a world of vast information. Almost anything you want to learn can be self-taught for free! You might just be surprise and scared by the types of things you can learn online!
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So why pay for it? Maybe to save time or you feel confident in it? Just be sure to accept the reality that the information you receive may lack any and all worth. So, never pay more than what you are fine losing. Just be sure to read whatever terms and agreements you will be required to agree to. You may just notice a recurring monthly fee that may be hard to remove and cancel!
If you are paying for skills or training then again proceed with caution.
Usually these types of scams are offered for things that do not need training. Data Entry, Mystery Shopping and so forth do not require training. You do not need to be certified and being certified will not give you a leg up.
Are the costs involving purchasing product that can be sold for more than you bought it for? Many companies are claiming you can make great money listing items on eBay. They offer to provide you with the product and you list it for them.
However, the way the company is making money is by selling the product to you and then you are stuck with something you bought and cannot sell.
When is it Okay to Pay?
Venturing into the work at home freelance world may require some initial costs. Things like your computer or internet access are the types of costs I am referring to. These costs are most likely already recurring and therefore often not considered.
Depending on the type of job you may have additional costs. Working for LiveOps would require a landline phone line, wired phone with a wired headset. These are hefty expenses but if things don’t work out, you can return your items and cancel your phone line.
However, some companies do require a background check or drug test. As freelance independent contractors those expenses can fall back to you.
Some companies may even require you to pay for you to incorporate your business. Those expenses can be very high in some cases. These are legit reasons to spend money to make money.
Some direct sales companies, like MaryKay, will require you to purchase a certain amount of product to sell. They often have starter kits but the cost can be quite high. Of course, we all know MaryKay is legit but are companies like BambooPink or Jordan Essentials? Keep Reading!
How do you Know if Your Return On Investment Will be profitable?
Research! The best way to know if a company is worth the time, effort and investment is by researching. Don’t trust random websites where people often create articles talking praises for scam and affiliate companies. Go directly to the sources.
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Visiting sites like WorkPlaceLikeHome.com and WAHM.com where you can find people who already have experience with the company you are considering investing your time and money with. There you can get an idea of how much money you can expect to make and if the company is even on the up and up.
Also, contact the company directly. If a company is hard to contact or to even find details about who they are and where they are, then be cautious. You can usually get a true vibe about a company and their business practices by simply contacting them.
Don’t fall for hype talk. Remember that no work at home company is desperate and eager to have you.
They have thousands of applicants a month. You are not special to them. It sounds awful to say, but it is reality. Only the scammers will treat you like they are desperate to get you into their business.
So, while in general it is a good rule of thumb to not pay for work from home. It is more accurate to QUESTION when you are being asked to pay for online work. Question the intent, reason and value.