Home employment does not mean home business, or business opportunities! It means a genuine home job, one where you get paid hourly, and where you are able to do honest and ethical work.
Work at home scams are so prevalent that many spam filters will flag or delete an email just for having related terms in it. This makes it very hard on people who have legitimate work at home information to be able to function effectively.
To further complicate things, even people who are perpetuating half scams are labeling them as "legitimate". Many sources for work at home information are nothing more than a listing of stuff that has never been screened for honesty - or not actually tried. There is a truth about home jobs that takes a bit of time to explain, but it is worth hearing:
Working at home has
a history. About 15 years ago, it became apparent that technology
was progressing to the point that it would soon be possible to employ
people from their homes in certain types of jobs. And a few brave
pioneers allowed trusted employees to complete part of their work
off-site. But the realization of wide-spread home employment was a
long way off.
First of all, only
certain types of jobs could BE done at home. Those jobs involved
computer work, or other work which did not require direct
supervision, or which did not require interaction with other workers
Second, there was a
problem of tracking productivity. Only trusted workers with a
history of integrity were allowed to work off site part time, because
companies had no way to insure that they would get the work they paid
Third, training had
to be done on-site. Remote training was simply not possible for
most jobs that could be done at home.
Fourth, the work
must be entirely portable. I mean, WHY would someone hire you to
type stuff for them, if they had to email it to you (it is already
typed if they do that!), or mail it to you (they can hire a real
secretary for less). The job has to be at least AS convenient to do
from home, if not MORE convenient.
with full awareness of the reality, and of people's ignorance, jumped
on the work at home bandwagon and began to take advantage of the
idea. You see, writers were talking about the wave of the future,
and many people wanted it, even though many of the technologies
required were still in their infancy. But even when articles
explained the limitations, people wanted it so badly that they were
willing to believe there might be an exception, so scammers were able
to perpetuate a myth that anybody could be hired for a work at home
Telemarketers were the
first to allow people to work from home, followed quickly by phone
porn companies, phone psychics, and other marginal employers. You can
track someone's time on the phone, so they allowed people to do this
kind of work, on commission, from home. Time did not have to be
tracked, payment was made by performance, not by total time put in.
Telemarketing is VERY hard. Very few people have the fortitude to
endure the demoralizing routine of a telemarketer. It is difficult to
be successful at it, and far more people fail than succeed. I do not
feel that phone porn, or psychic work is even a consideration
for honest and moral people, so I won't dignify it as a realistic
this point in history, work at home jobs were either not jobs at all,
but self-employment (and most of that scams), or jobs most people did
not want to do, or outright scams. This is the time period during
which I told people over and over, The kind of jobs you want are
not available. Period. End of story. and it was the truth.
A few years ago,
another possibility finally became available. It happened because
of the proliferation of high speed internet, and from other
progresses in technology. Today, companies have the ability to hire
people for certain types of jobs, and track their hours.
are real jobs. You have to interview and qualify for the job. Not
just anyone can do it.
This new class of jobs
falls in between classic work and self-employment, in that you MUST
have certain conditions in which to work, and you must provide your
own working equipment, according to the employer's specifications.
They provide the job, but since they let you work at home, you must
provide a suitable environment. And the employer is the one that
determines what a suitable working environment is, not you.
available consists only of a few specific types. Generally they
include telephone support, customer service, background checks,
reference verifications, travel bookings, and other work that can be
done through an internet connection and a phone line, and monitored
through the same connections.
The nature of the work
means that you have to have a phone line that you can use for the
work usually you will be taking calls, and the company will lock
out your line, so that no calls can come in except from them.
You must have a high
speed internet connection in order to access a remote desktop. This
is what has enabled this type of work to occur successfully you
can connect into the employer's computer system, and record bookings,
responses, access support resources, record results, etc.
Between the ability
of the company to lock your phone into their system, and for you to
login to their computer network, you are able to perform work to
their specifications, and they are able to track your participation.
Many of these
companies have inconsistent work. You may get a lot one week, not so
much the next. Most aim to hire part time, not full time workers, and
some will not have enough work or pay a high enough wage for you to
live on it as a sole source of income.
The third phase in
history has been entered. It means that REAL work at home jobs
ARE available. But scammers are still perpetuating myths about what
actually IS available. Here are some of the myths that are
mistaken for the truth:
jobs are available to anyone.
porn and telemarketing jobs are real work at home jobs, or the only
available work at home jobs.
data entry or home typist jobs are legit (most are outright scams,
the rest are almost invariably lead generation jobs, which are the
paper equivalent to telemarketing).
you can do any kind of work you choose from home.
these jobs are plentiful.
While we are in a
state of change, and technology is making more options possible all
the time, some realities of working at home will always be true:
types of jobs will be offered by employers.
They will require
you to qualify for them.
They will require
that you prove that you can supply a suitable working environment
They will require
that policies and procedures allow them to track your work time, and
they will insist on controlling that time to a certain extent as
is their right if they are paying you hourly.
fierce there are many applicants for every job.
In order to work at
home in a regular job, you will most likely need the following skills
requirements vary from 20 to 60 Words Per Minute, depending on the
job in question.
a friendly and professional telephone manner.
The ability to
learn from phone and internet training.
the ability to function well in computer and internet programs.
A good job
history Poor job history will almost certainly disqualify you,
because working at home requires a higher employer/employee trust
Now, every time I
write about work at home jobs, or home self-employment, SOMEONE will
email me to tell me I am wrong. The
same thing happens when I give guidelines for telling good marketing
from bad. Invariably, the person who writes me to tell me I am wrong,
is either just starting out learning about the topic, OR, they are
selling something that falls outside the definition of what I
consider to be honest, viable, and worth your time.
working at home follows the same rules as working outside the home.
You have to qualify, and you have to work by the boss's rules,
and you have to accept having the boss look over your shoulder to
make sure you are working.
That is the reality
of work at home jobs.
For a review of a real company that hires home workers, and more info on getting more employer names, go to: http://www.skinnyshoestring.com/reviews/alpineaccess.htm
Written by Laura Wheeler, MicroBusiness Website Developer, and founder of the MicroWebmasters Alliance
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