You’re surfing the internet looking for a work from home job opportunity. You come across a site that promises you ‘data entry’ work from home in return for fee. Or transcription work, or filling out surveys. You’re asked to pay a fee upfront, in return for getting work sent to you. It all sounds great and isn’t it exciting how you can get work from home now for no effort?
I just want to say one thing: if you’re asked for money in order to be given work automatically, it’s almost 100% likely that it’s a scam. You’ll never see your ‘registration fee’ again. (Note: I’ve heard of a couple of websites where you pay to get access to lists of jobs for a one-time fee. I’m still checking these out, based on feedback from others. When you access the lists of jobs, you then apply by sending your resume and other details. You’re not automatically given work because you have to apply for each job. This is different to PAYING TO BE GIVEN work).
Or if it’s a site offering to pay you for filling out surveys, you’ll probably have to spend hours registering on different survey sites before you even get to fill one out. And even then, how much are you going to be paid for each survey? Probably very little. The time wasted doing that would be better spent setting up your own business and getting your own clients and work.
You’ll note that I’ve written an ebook on how to become a Virtual Assistant. You could wonder whether that’s a scam too, and I’m not surprised you may think that, because there are so many scams on the internet. However, the difference is that I’m not asking you for money so I can give you work. I’m teaching you how to set up your own Virtual Assistant business so that you can get the work yourself, by finding your own clients, rather than relying on some scam company to give you work. There’s a difference between being asked for money in order to get work, and paying for a training course or information on how to become a Virtual Assistant and find your own clients.
If anyone has had positive experiences getting work through any of the data entry from home, transcription from home or survey sites, please feel free to leave a comment below. Also, if you’ve been scammed, please leave a comment so that others can benefit from being warned in advance!