Sherry - posted on 12/26/2009 ( no moms have responded yet )
When searching for work from home on the internet, in most cases you may find that most of them have a start up cost. This is because your pulling up info for Home based business opportunities as well as some scams.
A Home Based Business is exactly how it sounds. Its a business you run from your home. No matter what kind of business it its, there is always a cost involved- its a business! Tax deductable and all. Not what your looking for?
The Home "Job" is harder to find. Most are customer service based and require you to have ZERO background noise due to needing to be on phones. There are some freelance writing jobs, and such as well. Your best bet in looking for something like this is to use different key words in your search engine. Examples are : freelance home positions, customer service from home, Virtual assistant. Just don't use "work from home" "make money from home" Overall just remember that you will have a boss, your are an employee, and although your at home, you have to meet "their" requirements on "their time"
Look out for scams: Usually scam companies do not talk about their credentials.
~Who are they backed by?
There should be several organizations that will proudly back them up.
~What is their history?
They should have a verifiable story, with years of service, features in publications (such as Wall Street Journal for example), and how they started. ~
~ What does the company do / provide?
It should be something people need or really want to use. Stuffing envelopes doesn't provide a benefit for example.
~Is there a team support for your training & questions?
Most scam companies have NOTHING, and some have a call center in the Philipines or India, they read from a script, and have no idea how to help you. A real opportunity will have a structured training guide for you, and several methods of communication available for your support.
Scam companies only talk about how much YOU need to spend, and how much YOU will make in a short amount of time. They ask for a one time fee and then usually you find out that you need to put forth a lot more to make the REAL money they were describing in their ad. If it doesn't sound realistic, its probably a scam.
So Know the differences: A home job will never ask you to put forth money to start working for them (aside from purchasing a head set or phone line possibly). A home business will ask for money and monthly overhead to run your business, but should have all the things mentioned above (the credentials, history, a good product or need, and training/support) and you will get a 1099 at the end of the year- which scam companies NEVER mention.
I hope this helps many hopeful work at home moms with their search.