Today’s post is an interview that I did with Corina Ramos from Work-from-Home Concepts. Corina and I are strong believers that there are excellent work at home jobs available out there and we’ve joined forces to dispel the myth that all work at home jobs are crap. Please give my friend Corina a warm welcome, enjoy and share her interview. Thanks Corina!
Corina, please share a bit about your background.
I’ve been a work from home Mom since 2007 and researching work from home jobs since 2003. The reason why it took me four years to quit my job was the financial security and fear of the unknown. Until I had enough 60-hour work weeks and just did it. I don’t regret it at all. I have a total of 15 years work experience ranging from customer service to staff management. I’m also doing consults to help people find the right job and get ready for it by helping them prepare resumes and cover letters.
Why do you think that so many people believe that work at home jobs are either low paying jobs or scams?
I think there’s still a misconception about work from home jobs because there are so many scams online that people are reluctant to go for any opportunity for fear that they’ll be taken for a scam.
Most telecommuting jobs will start off on a lower end starting pay and this is for entry level positions; however there are some companies that will pay based on experience and offer pay increases.
But the good thing is that there are better opportunities now then there was several years ago.
I’ve seen a work from home customer service position with a sign on bonus!
- United Health Group
are just some of the companies that now hire work at home reps.
Have you personally been caught by a work at home scam? What happened in your case?
Back in 2007 I left my office job and decided to work from home. I was in a hurry to bring a second income back and I did what most people do who are anxious, and that was rushing into a job I didn’t do enough research on.
I had answered an ad for doing data entry with a weekly salary of $500. The so-called recruiter would only contact me via email or instant message and when I asked for a number they responded that it was more convenient to communicate in email or IM because they were always on the go.
They asked me several questions and I was hired on the spot.
I had to pay $5 to get a training packet and I paid this via PayPal.
When I received the packet, it was instructions for typing the same ad I answered and post them on hiring boards. I’d send them the same training material and that’s how I would make my money.
By this time, I was a little smarter and getting hip to what the scammers were up to.
I had answered another ad and also been hired for clerical work.
I was going to be sent a check that I needed to deposit in my bank and forward that to someone else. Of course I would keep a certain percentage as my “pay”.
I did receive a check in the mail and when I called the bank to verify it I was advised that the company had reported stolen checks. I emailed the “hiring manager” and told him about the check and I never heard from him again.
This is what encouraged me to put all my homework and my research on a website and to help other people find real jobs.
I know what it’s like to be almost desperate for a job, only to have someone try to scam you. Or to find a website that you feel you can trust their jobs even if they are a little over the top, like the one I answered, or ads that exaggerate the pay scale.
There’s no time for all that bull especially when families need the income like now.
What types of work at home jobs are people finding nowadays?
There’s a demand for customer service reps, technical support, and sales reps. I’ve also seen postings for nurses, teachers, and even website and software developers are working from home now.
What advice or strategies can you suggest for people that would really like to find a work at home job?
It’s important they find a resource that’s trustworthy. Do research on the site to make sure they’re not just posting any work from home job.
Once they’ve found a job, do homework on the company as well to make sure it’s a legitimate company, especially if they’ve never heard of them before. Check the BBB and a general web search to see if anything comes up. Look for good contact information other than an email address.
Any tips on how to spot a scam that initially appears to be a good work at home job?
1. Anything that exaggerates earning potential is a major red flag.
2. When there is no contact information like a working phone number or company information available.
3. When you’re asked to send money. You should never have to pay for anything unless you have to buy equipment like a headset.
And the old saying, “if it’s too good to be true, then it really is.” Always keep this in mind. I hope this information helps!