Shahala - posted on 08/10/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )
There is a surplus of ads on circle of moms for work at home opportunities. There are some things that I wanted to bring to your attention and make you aware of. If you are interested in working from home there are definately some things to be wary of.
1. If someone is promising large sums of money for little to no work....or better yet something quite simplistic, then avoid it. If this were true, most of us would be millionares by now.
2. Have any of you heard of the "copy and paste ads" scam. A friend of mine lost $500 in trying to start this, needless to say she lost the $500 and made nothing. There is also a similar scam, for a small fee you can get some info on how to copy and paste ads for google, a short time later your card gets charged $50-$75, of course the company can then no longer be contacted to get your refund.
3. Learn all you can about the company. There are many reputible companies that have long track records of success.
4. Avoid at all cost the old "envelope stuffing" scam. You pay to get info about how to make money, only to learn you have to pay more money to make more ads about stuffing envelopes....its a pyramid scheme and its illegal. IF anyone is trying to sell you something when there is no real product, more than likely its a scam.
The economy is bad right now, scammers are going to new lows to try and get people to hand over their cash. With that being said, I think there needs to be clarification on work at home JOBS and work at home BUSINESS.
a work at home job is one that you are getting paid to do ie. appt setting, answering phones, billing, processing claims, generally you are subcontracted out by a company in order to perform duties and you get a paycheck for an hourly wage.
a work at home business differs in that you are working for yourself. You determine the amount of income you make. You are offering a product or service to someone for a price and get paid to do so. Every work at home business I have looked into costs something to start. It can be as little as $1 to I dont know, several of the ones I looked into were around $100. There are so many legitimate work at home business, the only deciding factor is you. IF you find one that interests you, ask lots of questions, research the company and make the decision. There is not one perfect company for everyone, we all have different ideas about what is important. I tried a cosmetic company, one where plenty of women have succeeded....I didnt do so well. I found the one that works for me. We cant all do the same thing right? The bottom line is that most of us are just trying to get by in this tough time. Happy work at home business hunting, I wish you all the best in finding what fits.