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Work At Home Red Flags To Watch For

For many stay at home mothers, the idea of working from home is appealing. However, when they begin their search, there are tons of work at home opportunities that are not true opportunities. These types of jobs may be requiring a fee to start or simply state requirements that sound a bit susceptive. With this being said, there are legitimate work at home opportunities on the market that are geared towards mothers who want to stay at home, while still earning some income for their family. In order to make your search a bit more fruitful, here are some red flags that you need to watch out for.

1. The Consultation Trap

Many work at home opportunities are going to want you to call one of their consultants to start working for them. They may state that this is a free session to prepare you for the job at hand. However, in most cases, this is a way to get you on the phone and basically try to sell you something that is meant to help make you thousands of dollars per month. This can be appearing for many people who wish to make this type of money. However, do not fall victim to this, as it is a good way to spend your hard earned money on something that is not going to help you in the slightest. If there is a consultation, never agree to give your bank or credit card numbers over the phone and do not sign anything until you have had someone else, preferably, a lawyer read over this.

2. Limited Refunds

With any work at home opportunity you have to pay for, watch out for the limited refund policy that the company may have. Some companies say you can cancel at any time, yet they do not tell you that you have to do this within a certain time frame, have certain paperwork filled out and the like. Those who do try to cancel often find that with all they have to do, they simply lose the time frame of canceling and are stuck with whatever the product or opportunity is.

3. Requiring an Upfront Fee

This is one of the major red flags to watch for. When it comes to working online, jobs that are legitimate are not going to want you to pay them, they are going to pay you for your work. Avoid these types of jobs, as most of the times these are scams that are going to steal your money and never render you anything in return. Never, pay anything to gain access to a job, whether this be a website requiring fees for job listings or the job itself.

4. Your Questions Are Not Answered

Let's say that you find a job you are interested in and email the person who has posted this. You may have questions, so you ask these. If you never receive a direct reply to the questions, only an email with the information to apply to the job, or even a link for you to fill out, then chances are this job may be nothing but spam, and is only interested in getting contact information to send emails or even phone calls to the number you enter.

There are tons of other red flags to watch out for, but these are the 4 that are most obvious. If you see these signs, then you will be better off to look elsewhere. There are legitimate online jobs out there, but it does take some searching in order to find these jobs. Be sure that you do your research before applying for anything. If there are any complaints on the company or person, then be sure that you approach this with caution and use your judgment to figure out if this is something you want to apply for or not. Working at home can be a huge success, you simply have to take the time to look for the legitimate opportunities out there.