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Is That Work At Home Offer Real?

For as long as there have been people and homes, there have been work at home offers. It’s no surprise, when you think about it. There are always people who want to get a great job but don’t want to deal with the problem of people, and there are always people who are willing to take advantage of that. Unfortunately, the real truth is that most of the “great work at home jobs” that are available aren’t actually available. They’re scams, created by someone intending to simply get money out of a poor, desperate soul.

So how can you tell whether or not a job offer is legitimate? Is there an easy way to figure out if the job you’re being offered is on the level, or just a scam? Thankfully, there are a few rules of thumb that you can go to if you’re uncertain.

The first thing to keep in mind is that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If someone is offering you a job that supposedly pays $1000 a week, the absolute best possibility is that it pays “up to” that amount of money. That is, they counted out the absolute most amount of money someone could make if they did the job, non stop, from hour one of the week until the final hour. In other words, it’s an amount that you can’t realistically manage to get.

More likely, however, it’s simply a scam. If there is a work at home job that pays that amount of money, chances are the people who need the job filled are being very particular about who they put into the position. It’s a job that will clearly have some very specific requirements, because no company pays that amount of money casually.

There are some “job offers” that require an up front fee. The offer will claim that it’s for start up materials, or to help prove that you’re actually serious about the job. Any job offer that requires you to pay money is, on the face of it, a complete scam. No serious company is going to demand a person pay money in order to start a job.

On the incredibly remote chance the job seems solid, but does require a start up kit, make sure you buy your kit with a credit card. It may seem counter-intuitive, but by doing so, you can dispute the charges if the whole thing turns out to be a scam, or if you never get the supplies.

Essentially, use some common sense when it comes to vetting potential jobs. Work at home jobs that sound too good to be true almost always are. It can be hard when you’re desperate and need a job, but don’t lose heart. If you keep at the job search, you’ll no doubt find the perfect job for you, and you won’t have to worry about navigating the various “work at home” scams that are out there.