Believe it or not my years of work at home researching has lead to an inbox full of work at home updates, scams, reminders and so forth. Sometimes I even get emails telling me I have been accepted to jobs I completely forgot I ever applied for. So, I thought I would begin going through my inbox and uncovering not only the scams I see but also the legitimate offers and updates I find. Calling it “What’s in My Inbox Thursdays” and I will do this for a while- until I get bored with it ;).
Kicking off What’s in My Inbox Thursdays is the investigation into a company called Work at Home United. I have been receiving random emails from this company for a few years. Somehow every time I get an email from them I think it is an honest work at home job opportunity and every time I am disappointed when I realize they charge a fee…the moment I see they charge- I delete. You would think after all these years I would have unsubscribed…but I didn’t. So, now I will look closer into Work at Home United and see what they are really all about.
So Who is Work at Home United?
Upon visiting their site I am reminded of my days searching desperately for anything I could do to make money from home. There were a lot of sites like Work at Home United. Their front page shows a happy and care free family. It suggests you can work at home, on your own schedule while making money. Nothing so far sounds too far fetched. But based on their website so far…I have no idea what Work at Home United is really offering.
Doing a basic Google search of Work at Home United led me to an explanation of who they really are. They are a front for a Multi-level marketing (MLM) company, Melaleuca, Inc. Melaleuca recruits people to sell their all-natural cleaning products. This would be your own business, selling products. Some people are made for this type of work…most people are not. Do not believe the hype that it is easy work and a sure-fire way to make a living from home. Generally, anything that is MLM related is a bad idea in my book.
Definition of Multi Level Marketing according to Wikipedia:
“Multi-level marketing (MLM) is a marketing strategy in which the sales force is compensated not only for sales they personally generate, but also for the sales of others they recruit, creating a downline of distributors and a hierarchy of multiple levels of compensation.Other terms for MLM include network marketing, pyramid selling, and referral marketing.“
I am no fan of Multi-Level Marketing Schemes! While many of them are not technically scams, they are not made to profit the little guys- rather the guys on the top.
Is Work at Home United a Scam?
In the true sense of the word Scam, I do not believe Work at Home United is genuinely a scam. Do I think they are a complete waste of your time and money? YES! These types of companies are generally not out to help you make money like they are eagerly claiming…YOU are their audience. YOU are who they are wanting to make money from! They will paint a pretty picture and argue a beautiful story. But bottom line these kinds of things fall through MOST of the time.
But don’t just take my word for it. I want to back up my claims and provide you with some insight into Work at Home United and what other, experienced, people are saying.
- Complaints Board– a complaint that is, as typical of MLM’s, followed up by many singing the praises. Use your own judgement and gut instinct when reading both complains and praises. I usually figure the truth is in the middle somewhere.
- Work at Home No Scams Review– Eddy Salamon gave an in-depth and honest look at Melaleuca
- Scam.com user reports some pretty bizarre behavior!
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