Internet jobs can be a great way to work from home and generate some extra income. It allows you to spend more time with family, reduce your monthly fuel bill and be more productive with your time. Unfortunately, there are many disreputable companies out there that want you to pay up front in order to work for them. Here are 5 reasons why you should avoid internet jobs that ask for money.
1. You're Not Their Customer
Businesses operate to exhange goods or services for money with people (customers) who want or need those services. In order to produce those goods or services, businesses hire employees (like you). If part of the company's business plan is to extract money from the employees, the company either has a terrible business plan, is in deep financial trouble or it could be something even worse. Customers pay the business-not employees.
2. That's Not Legitimate Work
A basic definition of work is: performing services for another person in exchange for something, usually wealth. If you're paying someone in order to perform services FOR them, that's not work.
3. It's Your Money
You have to be wise about what you do with your money. You earned it, and you should only exchange it for things you want or need. It's never been part of a legitimate work relationship for an employee to pay the employer for the privilege of working. Paying for work is a form of extortion or a bribe, or in the worst case scenario, a total rip-off.
4. They'll Make You Pay for Training and Materials
If an employer wants to keep you as an employee, they should pay for any training and materials you need to do the job. If they demand money from you in exchange for these things, you should move on and find another employer. Stay away from anyone that wants you to pay for access to their system, to offset their costs in some area, for additional training or for the privilege of working for them. Reputable employers pay for on-the-job training, or they only hire employees that are already trained or qualified before they apply for the job. If it's an internet job, you could even negotiate to have them pay your monthly internet access fees. You shouldn't be paying THEM for anything.
5. It's a Scam
This is the bottom line truth about every internet job that asks you for money. If you ask the Better Business Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission, they'll tell you the same thing. No legitimate employer asks for money from a prospective employee or a new hire. If the company wants cash from you, whether it's for data entry, at-home assembly, envelope stuffing or any other type of work at home employment, it's a scam. You'll never see that money again, and you'll probably never earn a cent from that employer.
There are many internet jobs that can be profitable for a work-at-home mom. If a prospective employer asks you for money, you can rest assured that it's not a legitimate job.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.