However, all this doesn’t come without a cost. There lies a big challenge in finding a real online job. Savvy scammers now know how much people desire to work from home and have come up with ingenious ways to scam remote workers. They are now impersonating bosses, professional recruiters and hiring managers in a bid to get your personal financial information. In the worst-case scenario, they could wipe out your entire bank account with this information.
Here are some few guidelines to follow when searching for an online job
Trust your gut feeling
One of the best ways to avoid a scam is to listen to your instincts. If something feels off, or makes you feel overly uncomfortable (for example if a recruiter feels to pushy or demanding) then it is best to walk away from it. Don’t get to a point where you feel intimidated or pressured to make a decision, there are plenty of online jobs to choose from.
Do some research
If a recruiter or company tells you that you are perfect for the job they are offering, it doesn’t mean that they are automatically legitimate. It is best to do some research on the company or the recruiter. You should be able to find an online trail to verify the information about the company or recruiter if they are indeed legitimate. You can find information about a recruiter or a company on sites such as LinkedIn or Facebook. You can also read a number of online reviews to scrutinize any information you may be doubting.
You could arrange for a video call to help get some answers to the questions you may be having. A genuine recruiter or company manager would probably not have a problem with doing this. They will also be willing to provide you with more information on the job you are applying incase this is needed.
Scam artists will definitely do all they can to avoid a video conferencing call.
Signs that you may be dealing with a scam artist
Most scammers are in the gaming of making money. If a recruiter asks for any financial information then this should raise an alarm. Details such as your social security number, your bank account, your home address, your phone number and your date of birth should always be kept private.
If a job pays a lot of money for very little work then this should raise an eyebrow. If something sounds too good to be true, it almost always is.
If a recruiter is using a personal email rather than a company email then this should raise suspicion. Potential recruiting companies will often have an official email through which all communication will be conducted.
Verifying your work experience
Before most recruiters grant a job, they will ask for references or past work experience. If a recruiter is not interested in any of these then this should raise suspicion.
Types of online jobs you can find online
If you have a good internet connection a company may hire you to do their marketing or PR work remotely. You may be asked to do some occasional video call meetings or on-site meetings according to the terms of the agreement you choose.
This is one of the most common types of online jobs that has many opportunities. A company may hire you to create some content for their webpages, social media, magazines or brochures.
Editing and proofreading
If you are a seasoned grammarian who has a solid eye for detail, then a company may hire you for editing and proofreading their content. This type of project could allow you to get paid hour or as per project basis.
Transcription basically involves converting audio or video files into text. Transcription jobs generally fall into four major categories, this is, general transcription, medical transcription, legal transcription and market research transcription. You may be required to familiarize yourself with certain technical terms before you take on a category. In some instances, a company will require you to do a test before they can allow you to get work from them.
If you have a high typing speed of say 60 words per minute or more, then a data entry job could be a very lucrative opportunity for you. To ensure that the data entry opportunity that has been advertised online isn’t a scam, you should do some research and read some reviews before taking it.
If you have experience as an administrative assistant, personal assistant or an office manager then this could be a very rewarding opportunity for you. You will need to provide your services over the internet therefore it is advisable to have a good internet or phone connection.
Call center services
If you take a call center job you will be handling complaints that clients need to be resolved quickly. For this you will need to be online constantly and be ready to take on extra work when the need arises.
Online tutoring jobs
If you are expert at some type of subject then you can offer tutoring services to high school, middle school or college students. Companies that will be offering you this type of opportunity will require some background experience in tutoring and a college degree.
Building websites and mobile applications
If you are good at coding or have a background in programming then you can offer website or mobile application building services. These types of skills are in high demand and you will probably end up making some good cash from this type of projects. Companies that are looking for developers will ask for portfolios to verify your level of expertise and the type of projects you have worked on previously.