We recently got a request to list legitimate “Work-at-Home” opportunities at our blog. This is something of a difficult subject to cover from the perspective of which opportunities are “good,” for one very important reason.
BBB generally cautions consumers against pursuing such opportunities. We warn people against such offers because, while their ads tend to promise a lot and sound like great deals, we’ve never seen any evidence of a work at home opportunity that delivers what it promises. When I say this, I’m speaking on a national level and not just for the Cincinnati area; in almost 100 years, no BBB has ever received quantifiable evidence that a work at home opportunity like the one you’d see in a classified section delivers what it promises.
Often, they ask you to pay for information or supplies, and the position you thought you were going to fill typically becomes placing advertisements similar to the one that you responded to. This is, of course, a far cry from the $8 per envelope that was promised in the ad.
Generally speaking, we tell folks to exercise caution when they’re asked for some kind of upfront fee for a job that they’re applying for—this is something we consider to be a significant red flag. Also, look out for opportunities that promise large amounts of money for what might seem to be a comparably minimal amount of work.
Many of these opportunities use the US Postal Service to ship their information and/or supplies, and a result of this is often that the United States Postal Inspectors will investigate these schemes and that you could be held responsible to some degree for the opportunity’s operations. The best defense, in the case of work-at-home opportunities is the old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”