Information on No-Fee Work-at-Home Jobs

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There's a very simple rule when it comes to looking for work at home jobs. Don't pay a fee - for anything. You shouldn't pay for job listings, you shouldn't pay to apply for jobs, and you shouldn't pay a fee to get on the payroll. Also, companies that try to tell you that you need to pay for start-up kits or computer supplies to get started, most likely aren't legitimate.

While there are many legitimate work from home opportunities out there, unfortunately, there are also many fraudulent companies preying on hopeful applicants and cheating them out of money.

Don't Pay a Fee for Work at Home Jobs

Legitimate companies don't charge to hire you. They pay all the expenses of recruiting, hiring, and training. They also don't charge you for start-up kits, lists of jobs, or anything else related to doing the work. Legitimate employers don’t ask for a fee to set-up your account, or to access your personal or bank information.

Fees Can Indicate a Scam

In fact, companies or websites charging fees for work at home job listings or information on working at home are high on the list of red flags you should watch out for when trying to stay clear of online job scams. You should never, ever provide a hiring company with your credit card number or bank account information. If it's requested, that is a very likely sign that the opportunity is in fact a scam. Be wary, too, of requests for unusual personal information, which scammers can use for identity theft.

Paying for Equipment

The only time you may have expenses is after you have been hired: some call center work at home jobs may require you to invest in home office equipment.

These expenses should only come after you've gotten the position, and not during the hiring process. During the hiring process, you should be told of the necessity of having access to the required equipment, and may even be offered assistance with your set-up costs. Before you invest in an office or equipment, carefully check out what you'll need to spend, and decide if the investment is worth it.

Mystery Shopping Done with Check

One common scam is for mystery shoppers, who visit stores and restaurants to evaluate the service. There are plenty of legitimate mystery shopper jobs, but make sure you research the company before you begin. This scam starts with the work at home company sending a large check to cover shopping costs and payment for work done. But in fact, the check is a fraud, leaving workers in the red if they engage in the work.

Be suspicious of any work from home opportunity that requires you to provide your bank account number or make transfers between your account and the company's.

If It Sounds Too Good to Be True

When it comes to work from home jobs, be cautious about potential employers that are overly enthusiastic about the ease of work and the plentiful earnings opportunities. That sounds cynical, but the truth is that if it sounds too good to be true — e.g., earning a dollar for stuffing an envelope — then the opportunity is probably is a scam. Before you agree to work from home, make sure you do your due diligence, and research the company. It will be time well spent to save you possibly risking your online credibility, as well as your financial security.

Work at Home Job Search Tips

There are plenty of work at home jobs that you can begin with no fees.

In fact, you can get started in the great majority of them with just your laptop, a good internet connection, and your own set of skills and ambition. There are lots of freelance jobs that you can work from home, and some that may require just occasional work in the office.

With the technology we have available, there are work from home opportunities in almost every industry, and at every level from entry to executive. Finding your ideal position may take some time and patience, but you will likely be surprised at the opportunities available, and the companies hiring in the work from home market.

Some of the best places to look for work at home jobs are the same as where you would find a traditional position. Job boards and company career pages will list work from home or remote positions alongside traditional jobs, and the application process will likely be similar.

Companies who hire a lot of remote workers have procedures in place for interviewing by telephone or video, so their hiring managers can “meet” prospective employees in any location.

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