2020 was a wild year in every way imaginable. Due to the coronavirus outbreak and many lockdowns that followed it, a lot of the normal jobs that we were used to disappeared and everyone start looking for ways to earn money from home in 2021.
This new demand for the so-called WFH jobs opened up the market quite a lot and led to an abundance of scam jobs that promise everything but deliver nothing.
So today, we’re going to take a look at 5 most common work from home scams that you need to avoid.
Filling Out Surveys
You may have seen ads like: Make 100$ per day just by filling out surveys.
Just because this job sounds so easy and so simple, it immediately attracts a large audience. The problem is – when people decide to give it a try, they quickly figure out that it’s a total scam.
The first thing most of these companies do is lure you in with the promise of high monthly earnings. Once you show interest, they ask for a membership fee, which usually goes between 20$ and 80$.
Although this still doesn’t sound so bad, you realize it’s just a bubble that might pop anytime right after you pay the fee and never see any work or money in return. In most cases, once you’ve paid these businesses, they simply stop responding and you come to realize you’ve just thrown money for nothing.
However, there are a few legitimate companies that deal with this sort of thing, but they make up only about 10% of the market. You can recognize them by knowing the fact that they won’t ask for money upfront and they won’t promise that you will win thousands of dollars while working for them.
Typing from Home Jobs
Here comes another job that sounds easy and straightforward, which is especially attractive for youngsters who find it amazing to type.
Companies that offer this type of work ask for a registration fee before they give you assignments.
After paying the fee, you won’t get a typing job. Instead, they send you a link to a document that explains their entire business model. All in all, you have to start posting ads for the same type of “type from home” jobs and then send the same link to the people who sign up. To put it simply, their whole idea is to make you a scammer as well.
If someone pays the registration fee, you earn the money, and the loop goes on.
Multi-level marketing (MLM) has become extremely popular over the past several years and even though this business is legitimate, many people end up losing money due to lack of knowledge.
In the real MLM marketing business model, you make money when you sell a product. Not only this, when someone you recruited earlier makes a sale, you still get a commission.
The commission chain doesn’t stop at the 2nd person, it still goes on to 4-5 levels.
Some MLM require you to pay fees while some don’t. Those who don’t would be better than those who ask for a fee.
But in the end, there’s a catch that many people miss – you need to make a sale to make money!
So, do you have selling skills? Have you ever sold something to someone? Do you have a strategy to sell something?
If not, you’re not going to make any money out of MLM and might end up paying a joining fee and your time.
Paid to Click Sites
PTC sites that promise good money for just clicking on a link are also a common work from home job scam.
Although you can really make some money, it would be like $0.001 per click and there’s also a limit to how many clicks you can do. So basically, you’re becoming a modern slave – you’re doing a job without being able to earn anything from it.
Most such websites don’t give the opportunity to withdraw money immediately and have a payment limit that further makes this type of job a total scam.
There is also an extra problem of many PTC sites being run by scammers – so they make you click ads, they take the money and they never pay you! Do your research if you do decide to use a pay to click website.
You may have come across such comments or posts where people claim that Mr.James turned my life around, he is a good mentor for crypto.
When you contact Mr.James, he may ask for $1000 to create a portfolio. But before this, he will tell you success stories, some fake screenshots of how much people earned from him, and probably some more people that get a cut from James.
So as a victim, you give James $1000. If James can double the money you gave, he will give you profit. If not, he doesn’t care about the money you’ve invested.
The Bottom Line
At the end of this article, I just want to say – don’t get discouraged and be aware of the fact that there are no shortcuts. If you want to work from home, you have to build some sort of skills that people wouldn’t mind paying for.
My advice for you is to stay away from promises that look too good to be true and to always do additional research before giving money to any company.
More importantly, never pay a fee to work because that’s 100% a scam.
If you’re looking for a business idea, look at how you can serve your local economy within your budget. There are loads of ways to make money working from home without falling victim to scams.