There are many reasons why a person would want to work from home, rather than commute daily to a conventional full time job. For example, you may not have transportation to get you to a regular 9 to 5 job. You may not have the money to repair your vehicle. You may not have the money to afford riding the bus or train, or hiring a cab every day. Or, there may simply be a lack of work available in your area that you are qualified for. Regardless of the reasons, working from home can be a great way to earn extra money. However, there are several warning signs you should look out for when choosing to work for a home based business.
1. The business you are thinking of working for does not have a presence anywhere else on the Internet.
If a business is legitimate, they will not only have an official company website, but will also have a healthy presence elsewhere on the Internet. For example, there will be a listing for this business on the Better Business Bureau website or the SBA website. They will also be the subject of reviews, personal testimonies, and critical opinions (both positive and negative) on a host of other websites. Be sure to read these reviews and weigh your decision carefully before you commit to a decision. If the company has no other presence on the web besides their own site, this is a sure sign that they purposefully avoid it. And the reasons for this can only be bad.
2. Do they have a full support system in place?
Does the company you are thinking of working for have a fully comprehensive support system in place? Will you have an opportunity to ask questions and get to know the program before you commit to it? Do they have a support system through which representatives of the company can be reached? Can you contact this company help line at most hours of the day and night? If you have serious questions that you need answers for in order to do the job correctly, but are never able to contact anyone at the company “support center”, this is a very bad sign.
3. Does the company charge money to train their new employees?
Does the company charge money to train their new employees? If you have to pay money to get “Instant access to the Internet’s best kept secret”, this is a bad sign. Most reputable companies who need representatives to sell or advertise their products are chomping at the bit to get their new representatives fully trained, fully up to speed, and ready to sell. If you have to pay $50 or $100 just to get the company’s “Training Package”, this is probably because the company fully expects you to fail. In fact, the company is probably making its money by simply selling you the package and leaving you to sort it all out.
There are plenty of other warning signs to look out for, but these are some of the most obvious. Please absorb these lessons and apply them when you are researching opportunities to begin working from home.