Tips for Evaluating Telecommuting Job Offers

Tips For Evaluating Telecommuting Job Offers

Looking for a telecommuting position? Watch for these tell-tale signs that the offer may not be legitimate.

Question from HBT reader: How can I tell if a telecommuting job offer is legitimate or not?


Applying for a job you can do from home is very similar to applying for any other job. Use your experience with how things work in the conventional job market and apply that knowledge when looking at telecommuting offers. Here are some things to watch out for:

1. People who hire home-based workers want to hire qualified workers. They do this by looking at your resume. If a company or individual does not ask to see your qualifications, you should be skeptical about the legitimacy of the job.

2. You should not have to pay money to learn more about a telecommuting job. Companies pay their workers, not the other way around.

3. If the company offering the job does not have a phone number, email address, or mailing address so you can contact them, then that company is operating in a less than professional manner. Why would anyone want to work for an unprofessional company?

4. If the job offer promises quick riches with little work, then it is not really a job. These are called “opportunities,” and most of the time they can’t deliver what they promise. If the promoter of the opportunity presents testimonials from participants, these could be scripted actors or exceptional cases of success that are unrealistic results for most people.

5. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

6. If you respond to a job advertisement, and the company demands that you must begin immediately or lose the job, then it is probably a scam.

7. Visit the Better Business Bureau online. If a company has unresolved complaints against them, you should steer clear.

8. Do an online search and root out the latest information available on specific companies offering telecommuting jobs or work-at-home opportunities.

Brett Krkosska provides how-to advice on small business and home-based work issues. He is the founder of HomeBizTools and the publisher of Straight Talk, a syndicated column that offers a unique perspective on today’s business issues.

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