As WAHM has mentioned time and time again, moms who seek jobs at home often fall victim to “work at home and make a million” type scams. Moms with skills as graphic designers, writers, computer scientists or commodities such as wearable art can generally find work from home and make a living.
The roadblock seems to be thrown up when your skills lie in a job that is traditionally done in an office or working with clients. For example, recently a friend of mine wanted to get back into the workforce. Before having children she worked as an administrative assistant for a stock trading company, but has also conducted some medical transcribing in the past.
She voiced her frustration the other day saying how she became excited recently when a friend told her about an offer Google was making that allowed you to make money from home. Hey, it’s Google…they are legit. Luckily my friend is also a smart girl and after checking into it she found out it was a scam where you end up purchasing a “kit” that bills you for months afterward. When you try to cancel your membership the 800 “helpline” is no longer in operation. Read about it here: http://www.snopes.com/fraud/employment/google.asp
I have several friends who are in the same situation. They want to be there for their children, but are having trouble finding “real” work from home. Making matters worse are these cretins who prey on the people who need to find work but desperately want to also stay home with their children.
Snopes offers a few tips to help you steer clear from the creeps. WAHM often provides these tips too:
Never pay anyone to hire you or agree to pay for a “start up kit.”
Do your research on any company (even Google) before agreeing to work for them. You can check websites such as snopes, the Better Business Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission.
Ask the company for references or names of other employees and clients you can contact to find out more about the job. If they can’t furnish you with legitimate names and phone numbers, they may be trying to scam you.
I’m also going to continue to keep my eyes peeled for real jobs. Check back with WAHM often or you can even visit Craigslist under the “gigs” section for telecommuting jobs. Hey, that’s how I found my latest client!
Gina Ragusa is a freelance writer and mom from sunny (and sometimes not) South Florida. Her 15 year experience ranges from writing about banking to tattoo parlors.