Last week I wrote an article about Working from Home. After some feedback I got from a friend, I wanted to revisit the subject and clarify a bit on what I wrote.
The same day that the article came out, I got an e-mail from a friend. She had a number of things to say, and much of what she said can apply to other readers, so I thought I’d share some of her thoughts and questions, and my reactions.
I’m glad you wrote about working at home. I have been seeing a lot of advertisements for work at home and I thought they were scams. Now that you are recommending it, I am going to start inquiring to some of those work at home ads!
No, no, no, my friend. When I talked about working at home, I was not talking in any way about answering some ad that claims to be offering you work at home. What I talk about here on Virtual Earner, for the most part, is being self-employed. Working for yourself. Coming up with your own things that make money. I am not talking about making money for other people, but making money for yourself.
She went on to say:
I was very unsure about these ads for work at home, especially when they required me to pay money up front, before they gave me work! I know I can trust you, though, Bob, and because you are recommending working at home, I am going to go forward and pay the fees asked for.
NO! Please don’t do that. Yes, I am sure that there are some legitimate offers for work at home, but if they ask you to pay them money up front, well, that’s likely a rip-off. Nobody who is offering to give you a job should ever require you to pay them anything. They are the ones who should be paying you, not the other way around! Do not… I repeat… do not pay anybody an up front fee for a job. That is a rip-off waiting to happen!
I have been working at home for 20 years almost. In fact, I am only about 2 months short of my 20 year anniversary of working from home, except for about a 2 year stint in the late 90’s. At that time, I still worked at home, but I had a side job as well, which was away from home. Working from home has been a pleasure for me, and I am sure it can be a pleasure for you as well. But, don’t get suckered in to some kind of rip-off scheme. Come up with your own ideas and start your own business that you can do at home. Be careful of the scams because there are plenty of them out there. If you see somebody offering you a job of sending e-mails after you pay a low fee… well… time to move on!