More and more of us are working from home according to figures released by the office of national statistics; the number of people now working from home has risen to its highest level since records began, there were 4.2 million UK home workers in the first three months of 2014, accounting for 13.9% of the workforce. The ONS said that was the highest proportion since measurements started in 1998.
Working from home has had a very mixed reputation as over the years as there have been many scams and pitfalls associated with the practice, with criminal gangs taking advantage of desperate people and technology. But there are a number of employers out there who offer a genuine opportunity for people who for whatever reason would prefer to work from home, currently about 1.5 million of us are based at home with 2.7 million of us using their home as a base from which they visit client and customers. But the twist is that of those surveyed a massive 63% are actually self-employed with 34% working for employers, the reason for this is that many employers simply do not trust people working from home, believing that productivity and quality will suffer.
For many people who want to work from home or simply have no choice because they are house bound or are parents who have children to take off there are companies and criminal gangs waiting to take advantage, here are some of the most common scams and rip offs you need to be on the lookout for.
- E-Commerce, these days there are a whole host of readymade e-commerce web sites which you can buy claiming vast money making opportunities, they will state that for anything between £500 – £2000 investment they will provide you with everything from the site to the goods they sell, using something called drop shipping, quite often they are adult based products, avoid these like the plague as you will just lose all of your cash.
- A List of Companies Looking for Homeworkers, as soon as you search on the web for companies looking for home based workers you will be hit with many 100s of opportunities to BUY a list of companies who will employ you, you can pay everything from a few pounds up to hundreds, genuine companies would never operate in this way, never ever pay for employment opportunities in any form.
- Turn Your Computer Into a Money-Making Machine, this does actually work and turn your computer into a vast money making machine, but not for you, it’s a scam you will pay an upfront fee for a manual telling you how to post adds online and basically scam other people into doing the same thing, a very modern twist on multi-level marketing.
- Envelope Stuffing, this has been around for years, in some cases you can earn a wage, but it will at best be the equivalent of minimum wage and will require hours and hours of boring tedious work which will drive you crazy, plus you need plenty of space to store and work in, at worse you will do all of the work only to find that the company doesn’t exist when pay day comes around.
- Online Surveys, There are literally thousands of these online scams circulating via Facebook and other social media, avoid like the plague as you simply cannot making a living this way, you will be bombarded with other similar scams once you sign up and only a very small handful are genuine.
There are genuine companies out there who do employ from home and pay good a fair wages, Co-operative travel for example employ home based travel agents, you can visit their recruitment page online, my advice is call around the big high street recruitment agencies or stick with local companies you know or big brand you can trust. As always if it looks too good to be true, it is too good to be true.