With the way of the world lately, more and more people are looking to make the switch to work from home jobs, and I can’t say I blame them. I myself have worked from home for years and it’s really been a wonderful transition that has been great for my and my family. It’s nice to be in a distraction free environment where I can control my space and my comfort. Studies even show that employees thrive in a work from home position more often than not. And not having to miss work when I have a sick kiddo at home or if school is cancelled is great for me and the company I work for.
In the last few years several companies that had previously not had work from home jobs available have opened up online positions by the thousands and people are showing their support by applying and accepting those open positions. The demand for work from home jobs has risen dramatically over the last few years and unfortunately, so have the scams. So as someone who has worked from home for 10+ years and who has lots of experience looking for work from home jobs I thought I would write a post on how to find legit work from home jobs and what to look for so you don’t get scammed on your journey into finding the perfect position for you! Let’s check out some of my favorite tips and tricks for finding work from home jobs….
Here are my tips on how to find legit work from home jobs:
- Go directly to the source- If you are interested in seeing if a certain company has work from home jobs available, go to the companies official website. There are tons of websites that use keywords for popular companies to imitate legit companies and job postings. Always look for job openings at an official website.
- Proceed with caution with websites like Indeed.com- So not that Indeed or companies like it aren’t legit, because they are! They just probably don’t have the most up to date information. Sometimes you will see job postings from months ago that haven’t been updated. Which can end up being a waste of time for you. I’m not saying not to use Indeed as a legit source for finding work from home jobs, just make sure you pay close attention to the listing and the qualifications of the open position.
- NEVER pay a fee to apply for a job- I see this more and more lately. NO legit job will ask you to pay for something as part of an interview process. This includes a company asking you to pay for a background check or for online training. You should not be paying a penny toward getting a job with a company. This of course does not apply to equipment and/or internet/phone lines. Although a lot of companies provide these, not all do. This will be clear in an application under the reequipments for the job.
- Avoid any company that wants to interview you via WhatsApp or any other app where a true identity can be hidden-A legit company won’t use an unsecured app to interview a potential candidate. Scam companies use these apps to gather person information that can be used in a scam while being able to hide their true identity. Stay far, far away!
- Join an online community- There are tons of online communities where people share legit work from home jobs with friends and peers which are widely used to find a good job. One of my favorites is Rat Race Rebellion on Facebook. They share legit, non MLM work from home jobs daily. That’s actually where I found my latest job! As with anything else though, make sure to personally vet any company you find through social media.
- Be flexible and willing to try new things- Lot’s of companies are willing to train the right employee, even if they don’t have experience in the role they are filling. So while on your job search don’t count out the types of jobs you aren’t trained for, or wouldn’t seek out yourself. You just might find something you didn’t know you would love so much (ask me how I know!).
- Switch up your search terms- When searching job boards instead of just using the key words “work from home” use other’s as well. Try “Remote work”, “telecommute” or even “work at home” and your results will be more plentiful.
- Be aware of what an MLM is, and what it’s not- Almost every time you see someone ask for work from home recommendations you will see someone telling them about a great opportunity to join their team. And while network market works for a very small amount of people (less than 4% of people in a network marketing company make a livable wage) statistically not only will you not make any money, it will actually cost you money.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is- This is the most important thing to remember when searching for legit work from home jobs. If a job posting is promising pay that is well above the average for the position, the work to pay ratio seems off, they are offering the job on the spot with no information from you, etc you need to run the other way, because it is most likely a scam.
And there you have it! Those are my top tips for how to find a legit work from home job. I hope you find the perfect job for you, and don’t forget to pick out some new Pjs for your first day!
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