Avoiding Work from Home Scams

The idea of having the opportunity to work from home is probably what brought you here.

The promises of easy work and good pay in the countless work from home ads online, and even in newspapers, can be very tempting.

While the temptation can be hard to resist, be aware that there are many scams out there. Scams that only aim to separate you from your hard earned money and maybe even your confidence.

The most common scam

It’s hard to believe this scam is still around. but depending on your age, you might remember seeing ads in newspapers years ago, promising “easy money” for stuffing envelopes. These ads are usually targeting stay-at-home moms, students and retirees. It’s easy to get sucked into the idea that you can make money by stuffing envelopes for businesses from the comfort of  your own home, but the truth is, you don’t.

Here’s how the scam works. The scammer asks you to send money (usually $29.99) and in return, they’ll send you a list of businesses to contact to try to get their envelope stuffing business. The reality is that very few, if any, companies hire people to stuff envelopes. Seriously, with more and more companies relying on online methods to contact potential customers and clients, the need for envelope stuffers is virtually non-existent.

If you see this work from home gig being advertised, just ignore it, regardless of how tempting it may be.

How to spot a scam

Work from home opportunities are enticing, but you must be careful to avoid scams. Don’t let desperation lead you into temptation.

Here are a few ways to help you spot a work from home scam.

BIG pay, easy work! This is the first sign it might be a scam. Chances are slim that you can earn big pay by doing very little work. Big pay usually is a reward for big work, so while it might be tempting to think that you can get paid big dollars for doing very little, you have to objectively consider the possibilities there.

Requires an upfront fee or your bank information! In most cases, promises of lot of work for a fee is likely not on the up and up. You shouldn’t have to pay to work. You shouldn’t have to pay for a job. Make sure you know exactly what you’re paying for.

For example, some businesses (like businesses where you sell products as a consultant for a company) will require a small up-front investment. This is more like an investment in your own business, not a job or someone else’s business. You are investing to get the products you need to run your business and that is different than paying to get a job.

Never give anyone passwords and login information to anything, especially your bank accounts.

If you do need to make an investment, use your credit card. Don’t write a check or use a debit card because those will be harder to get protection with. If you use a credit card, you get protection from the credit card company if things go wrong.

No transparency. If you can’t get clear answers to your questions (or worse, no answers at all), that should be a huge red flag. Anyone offering a legitimate opportunity should be willing to be transparent and answer your questions so you can make an informed decision. The company should also have some type of online and offline footprint. Can you find their website, social media accounts, phone number? Are they a legal entity?

No real person available. So much business is conducted over the internet. It’s not unthinkable that the entire hiring or recruiting process can be done over the web. However, be sure there’s a way to get in contact with a human if you need to? Is there a phone number? Live chat or video? Are emails responded to in a timely manner.  If it’s difficult to contact a real person, consider looking elsewhere.

Be sure to do your research. Understand the various risks and rewards of the company you are considering, as there are many bad deals out there and many scams. But if you do your research, your more likely find the right opportunity for you.

Is Bridge Virtual Solutions a Scam?

Absolutely not! Bridge is a legal entity formed in the state of Texas. We use the Arise technology platform to connect with well-known Fortune 500 companies to provide service to their customers.

Our Customer Service Specialists partner with us as independent contractors, giving them more flexibility and freedom than they would have as an employee. They get to choose the companies they want to service, set their own schedules, and work from home.

Each client company has its own certification course that prepares our partners to provide top-notch, white glove service to their customers. Just as you would pay for a training course to become a certified nurses aid or real estate agent, client certifications are an investment in you. The difference is, once you successfully complete certification you get right to work and start earning.

Certification fees are paid to the companies you choose to work with through the Arise platform. Bridge does not handle any part of that transaction. In fact, agents may be eligible for a certification completion incentive which could offset the investment in their first course. Military discounts are also available. As an independent contractor, certification fees may be tax deductible.*

Once you join our team you immediately have the access to review all available opportunities before every investing dime.

We have a toll-free number, live chat support, Facebook page, and a private team portal that keeps us connected with our agents during regular business hour. We also respond to emails pretty quickly.

Looking for a legit work from home opportunity that gives you the flexibility and freedom to live life on your terms? Start by watching our 15-minute Partner with Bridge overview.

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