Many work-from-home opportunities exist for people looking to make extra income, but it's not always easy to distinguish a scam from a legitimate employment opportunity. Unfortunately, getting paid to stuff envelopes or assemble products from home are two of the oldest work-from-home scams in the book, according to Staffcentrix, a watchdog organisation that also lists legitimate work-from-home opportunities. While there are probably no legitimate positions that pay a person to stuff envelopes, real opportunities exist to assemble products from home for workers with certain skill sets. However, these jobs are scarce, and the competition is fierce.
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Find credible employers. Staffcentrix has a frequently-updated listing of work-from-home job opportunities on its website. Click on "Crafting and Handiwork" on the main page to access a list of known employers who pay for workers to assemble a variety of products and crafts.
Follow the links to the employer websites. Submit applications to the ones that best match your skills. Most employers will require basic information as well as information pertinent to the job, such as a written description about crafts you have previously assembled and how. Make yourself stand out from other applicants through detailing any specific skills, such as woodworking, painting or jewellery design.
Await a response. These jobs are highly competitive, so it might take weeks to receive a reply. If you have not heard anything after six weeks, follow up via the contact information on the employer's website.
Deliver quality results. The best way to earn more income is to produce quality work on deadline. Many of these companies increase workload for employees who demonstrate they can do the work well.
Tips and warnings
- Work-from-home job seekers should expect to submit resumes or demonstrate they have the necessary skills before hire, just like with any regular job, warns Christine Durst, founder of the virtual assistance industry, and co-founder and partner of Staffcentrix (and its sister website company Rat Race Rebellion). If a work-from-home job opportunity sounds too good to be true, it probably is, she said.
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