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December 3, 2012

Salary Issues in Work-from-Home Jobs

Salary Issues in Work-from-Home Jobs

Work-from-home job offers are quite common these days and they are quite alluring too. Who wouldn’t want to work at the comfort of his own home, earning his livelihood and the same time enjoying the company of his family members? But there are pros and cons of working from home. Along with the many advantages the biggest disadvantages come in the form of issues related to remuneration or salary paid to the work-from-home employees. Apart from regular delays and cuts in the name of various technical issues, the scams are quite common these days. If you visit the Forums on Facebook, you will find a lot of such complaints, grievances and discussions. People pose as genuine employers, hire the freelancers on net and after some time disappear with your money. The alerts don’t work, as the online information provided by them is usually fake; they again start cheating the people with another name and ID.

Types of payment issues Majorly, there are two types of payment issues faced by people in work-from-home jobs A. Delay in payment B. Scams Delay in payment is quite common, as the people working from home have very little control over the internal affairs of the employer and employers don’t treat the outsourced and internal employees equally. Lack of communication is also a major issue. The level of communication between the work-from-home employees and the internal staff of the employer is also not as good as face to face interaction.

Scams have become quite common and therefore the biggest challenge for freelancers and outsourced employees is to deal with scams. There are certain industries and professions, which offer legitimate job opportunities for such people. For example, order taking is a process, which is commonly outsourced by many genuine companies to save on their HR costs. Similarly, call center services and customer support services are also outsourced by prominent companies.

Work at home occupations to avoid However, researchers have identified a few occupations, which are highly scam ridden and people should avoid those. One such job is “sending envelopes.” It’s really illogical on the part of the employer to hire home based workers to do the envelope stuffing and mailing it to their lists. This task can simply be done by hiring a fulltime employee for it. In the US, home-assembly jobs are also not considered to be legitimate, because of obvious reasons. The other such jobs are medical billing and claims processing, where health practitioners don’t prefer to hire individuals because of the confidentiality issues.

Membership fee As a basic principle, anybody who offers you a work-from-home job and asks for some money up front towards membership fee or joining fee is a clear sign of a scam. Businesses don’t run on the money supplied by their employees.

The authentication checks The best way to identify the fraudulent companies is to verify their authenticity on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website. Their ratings may speak volumes about the credibility of the employer. Another site which exposes such companies is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through regular features and press releases. The third site which prepares a database of criminal complaints against the specific employers is fraud.org.

In India, the sites such as consumercourt.in, complaints-india.com, consumercomplaints.in and grahakseva.com issue flags or alerts about such employers. You can also Google search the name of the employer adding the words like “scam” and “fraud” to your search keywords and you will instantly get the desired information, if it’s posted anywhere on the Internet.

Precautions to be taken First of all you should not hesitate asking a few questions to your prospective employer.

You should have clear understanding of the tasks assigned to you and the terms and conditions and break up of your salary or remuneration.

You should also know who the person responsible for your payment is.

You should also know the date of your first payment.

But even if you have the satisfactory answers to all of these questions, and your intuition is hinting at something else, stay away.

As a strategy to screen such offers at first glance, you should go the traditional way; i.e. something which sounds too good to be true, it is. It applies to anything you happen to see in the print media, Internet, electronic media or word of mouth referral. A proper investigation is necessary to differentiate between the authentic offer and the scam. If someone hard sells his offer as “legitimate,” it’s often found to be illegitimate.

The Telltale Signs of a Suspicious Employer

A. Lookout for contact information Generally, work from home scamsters don’t provide any real or traceable contact information such as mobile phone or landline numbers. Scroll down to find the section containing contact information and you will find the primary indicators such as an email with free domain site. However, certain fraudsters use the email address with private domain names too.

B. Stay away from sponsored ads Don’t trust the paid advertising, if it offers something too tempting. Sponsored ads and results appear almost everywhere on net and they are a sure sign the employer is looking for mass market to find his prey, otherwise they would use other approaches such as forum posting, which is highly targeted and people with genuine interest would only visit them.

C. Lack of specific information Fraudsters generally avoid specific information about the work profile etc. More than anything else, you should look out for the section which provides information about what happens when the work you provide is rejected or the terms and conditions when your payment can be denied. A legitimate employer would provide all the specific details of such scenarios including what makes him reject the work supplied by the employee.

D. Using false testimonials and references If someone is using false testimonials and claims that his services are being mentioned in the leading periodicals, there should be proper links supporting his claims. In case of testimonials, the people recommending his services should be mentioned along with their contact information, or at least the name of the company they belong to, the website of the company and their exact designation.

E. Don’t be swayed by “rags to riches” stories and “irresistible offers Most of the scamsters are doing this to find gullible people across the world and there is no such irresistible offer in this world, which has a “deadline tag” attached to it. Think in pure business terms; the world is not going to end after 24 hours.

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