Schemes on the home front

In-house employment opportunities don't pan out

determine whether the company you plan to deal with is legitimate?

  • Ensure that you have the proper contact information for the company sponsoring the offer. First, check that you have a working, accurate telephone number. Then obtain an actual address, as opposed to a P.O. Box.
  • Obtain a company report from the Better Business Bureau. Check with the BBB in your area to determine whether the firm has any complaints lodged against them from other consumers.
  • Be very leery of companies that ask for money up front. Compare work-at-home opportunities with employment at an office. Would you consider cutting a check to an employer after an on-site interview?
  • Understand and clarify the payment terms. Will you be paid by salary, commission, or per diem?
  • Take a realistic assessment of the promise that is being made. “There are a lot of people that operate home-based businesses. They will be the first to tell you that profits don’t come easily,” says Grant. “Anyone who says otherwise is lying.”
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