The Challenge of Finding Legitimate Work from Home Jobs

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For the longest time, finding legitimate work from home jobs was a genuine drag.

If anything, the term “work from home” sounds a lot like a scam from the early days of the Internet. After all, it really does sound too good to be true. Not only do you get a job (with a salary, believe it or not!) – but you can do everything from the comfort of your own home! It hits the nail on the head in terms of flexibility and work-life balance. Furthermore, it means you can more or less live where you want without having to give up your current job or suffer an insane commute…

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I’m sure there are some masochists among us who love traffic, though.

Naturally, scammers have learned that they can prey on this basic need/desire. In fact, if you do a quick search, you’ll find plenty of information on these “remote job scams”. While remote working is exploding in popularity at the moment and there are more telecommute positions available than ever, many scammers still persist.

PSST: Get the low-down on how to avoid work from home scams!

When you think of the number of scams out there, it can be very easy to throw in the towel and call it a day. However, here’s a little nugget of information…

When you think of the number of scams out there, it can be very easy to throw in the towel and call it a day. However, here’s a little nugget of information…

Actual, legitimate remote jobs require just as much work to land as regular, in-office positions.

Let’s be real here: finding a job, any job, is hard. I can vividly remember the days I used to work in bars and restaurants. Even finding basic, minimum-wage jobs was a bit of a struggle. If anything, I got most of my jobs through contacts. The same can be said for trade jobs and office jobs. Finding work is a job in and of itself. It requires not only a lot of searching and applying, but a good bit of networking.

So now that I’ve eased your mind, let’s focus on actually finding that remote job you want! Remember, this isn’t an easy task: then again, nothing in life worth doing is easy!

But it is so worth it.

Know Your Industry: The first step to finding a legitimate work from home job

Whether you’re looking to telecommute or not, knowing your industry well is paramount. If you’re a digital marketer, you should be aware of just how diverse and fast-paced the industry is. If you’re an accountant, you should understand how most accounting jobs are found and network with other professionals in the field. Depending on where you live, you may also need certain (official!) certifications.

Let’s go back to digital marketing for a moment. Due to the fast-paced and ever-changing nature of the industry, there’s a lot of potential for creativity. Essentially, marketers are prime candidates when it comes to creating a personal brand. How would you market you, yourself, as a professional? Which social networks would you use? Do you have a basic content/digital strategy that you want to implement in order to see conversions (i.e., job offers!).

If you’re a techie, contributing to open source projects can also help you get your “brand” out there. It may very well equip you with new skills you need for the new job you get.

Job boards of all kinds are your friend, but…

Countless remote (and regular!) job boards exist nowadays. Jobseekers constantly find remote and telecommute jobs through these platforms. Hell, some even go further and get jobs through social media and sites like Craigslist (although personally I’m a bit iffy about that one).

However, you still need to be cautious. The good news is that a lot of job sites, whether they cater specifically to remote jobseekers or not, take a hard line against scammers. By doing a little bit of research, you can see whether or not a job board really is legitimate.

Scams can get through on every type of job site, even Indeed and Monster. When you see a job listing, look closely and see if it provides the following information:

  • A telephone number
  • A physical address
  • A (real, legitimate) website
  • A contact person
  • An email address

Generally speaking, all of these points should be consistent across the board. Check for any strange-looking URLs. Try ringing the phone number, see if you can get through. Look at their actual website, does it seem professional?

This, of course, brings me to my next point…

If you’re really unsure, do the research

If you want to be doubly sure that a company is legitimate, feel free to do some Google and/or social media stalking. Check out customer reviews. Have a look at Glassdoor and see if there are any employee reviews. Some con artists are great at pulling very elaborate scams but they usually fall short somewhere along the line.

Conclusion

Getting a legitimate work from home job takes work… Lot of work. That’s not to say you won’t easily land one: sometimes people are just lucky. Unfortunately the online world has allowed a lot of people to come up with news ways of tricking others out of money. One final piece of advice I will repeat is this: Never, ever, EVER send someone money. They should be paying you, not the other way around!

Author: Liam

Liam is a digital strategist and copywriter, passionate about the fast-paced world of digital media and remote working. See his portfolio at liamhennessy.co

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