Home Workers Help

Whenever you see an ad that says, “$1,000 Weekly Possible for Typing,” ignore it! Most likely, the free information that you will get will be an ad for a worthless directory or company addresses. These scams charge anywhere from $29.95 to $200.00 for this “directory”. Many of the addresses listed will be outdated, and none of the employers will be hiring home based clerical staff. This is information that you can easily get on your own via your telephone book, or a simple online search. Here’s what a HomeWorkers Net member told us:

“I once paid $99.95 to a company that told me they could get me a home based word processing job. They said it was guaranteed or I would get my money back. Well, after I paid the money, all I got was a computer print out of companies in my area, which they called a “Prospective Report”. The print out included about 500 listings of company names, addresses and telephone numbers. When I started to call or contact these organizations, I was informed that they did not hire any home based workers. So, I basically paid $100 bucks for a computerized copy of my telephone book and I never got one dime of my money back!” Kelly McKenzie – Toledo, Ohio

Many people with typing or secretarial skills believe that all they need to start making money at home is have clerical skills and a typewriter or computer, but that is just not the case. HomeWorkers Net does receive job listings from employers that need clerical staff, administrative assistance, legal and medical clerks, and so forth, but they usually require that you have superior skills, your own equipment and plenty of references. And the competition is fierce! You’ve got to be the best in your field to pursue this type of job. It also helps if you have specialized skills. Applicants with multi-language ability, transcription experience, medical terminology, and legal backgrounds are always in demand.

If you are a qualified typist, word processor or secretary your best bet for getting “homework” is to call on businesses in your area to let them know that you are an experienced professional who is interested in working at home. How? Well, it is highly recommended that you have a professional package to present to the potential employer. This package should include a detailed resume, a business letter, a brochure, a business card, a list of references, equipment utilized and services offered along with price/salary information. There are many great software programs on the market that can help you prepare your application package or check out the services at your local office supply store.

HomeWorkers Net offers many great job leads, including openings for clerical, secretarial and administrative staff.

In truth, telecommuting opportunities are abundant. But, you can’t just say, “I have a computer, now give me some homework!” To become a telecommuter you must be willing to not only work hard for the employer but also be independent, committed and serious about your home based job. The best way to set up a telecommuting situation is to suggest it to the employer that you already work for. With so many companies giving telecommuting a try, you might just be surprised by the fact that your boss is receptive to the idea.

A growing number of companies are using telecommuters and many do not require that you work from them “in house” first. However, most will require that you live within a few miles of the office, be able to attend weekly or monthly meetings and possibly fill in a day or two in the head office when other employees are on vacation or taking a sick day. Also, be aware that certain types of jobs are just not suitable for a telecommuting situation. For instance, front office reception, office managers, file clerks and many others.

The opposite is true for positions like sales agents, customer service representatives, account representatives, software technicians, computer programmers, clerical staff and many others. If you want to work from home in a telecommuting situation, these types of jobs offer the best and most abundant opportunities. A HomeWorkers Net member tells his story of how he got a telecommuting job from home:

“I got hired on with MCI as a customer service representative. I worked for them at the call center in Virginia for awhile so that I could go through training, learn the ropes and prove myself as a reliable employee. Afterwards, I was allowed to work from my home full time. I had to buy a desk and chair and my manager had to come to my house to make sure that my office was set up properly. They supplied me with a computer and telephone and the rest is history. I couldn’t dream of a better situation. Thanks alot!” Ken Martin – Newport News, Virginia

You need to orchestrate a careful mix of research, diplomacy and salesmanship if you would like to arrange a telecommuting situation with your current employer. You should:

Clearly state what you mean by telecommuting. To avoid potential misunderstandings, make sure that you and your boss have the same expectations. Are you interested in working at home full time or two days per week? Make sure that you are both talking about the same thing!

Know your employers goals and how you can help reach them. Explain how telecommuting would enable you to meet tight deadlines more easily because of fewer interruptions. Or how telecommuting would let you give a large project the concentration it requires. You also might explain how telecommuting can turn what previously may have been lost time – work days missed due to personal appointments, sick children, bad weather or other situations – into productive time because you’re offsite but still doing your job.

Keep in touch with your boss and co-workers. Regular voice messages, e-mails or faxed memos can inform all who need to know about the status of your projects. Similarly, you can share news and participate in meetings through the use of voice messaging, three-way calling, e-mail and other telecommunications solutions. The key is to remember that for telecommuting to work, you and your employer both must benefit.

Outline the costs and savings associated with telecommuting. Potential savings include increased productivity (most telecommuters are at least 10% more productive and take two fewer sick days per year than non- telecommuters do); savings in parking and office space if someone else will use this space when you are out.

Certain manufacturing plants – not many – may have a limited amount of contract work available to individuals who live near enough to pick up and deliver finished materials on a daily basis. Training may be required or offered. If you do not have such a manufacturer in your neighborhood, don’t waste your time or money or a directory that promises to lead you to such companies.

If you see an ad that reads, “Earn big money with home crafts!” ignore it! Most of these organizations are simply out to sell you a start up kit that can range in cost from $25.00 to $500.00! A current HomeWorkers Net member tells her story:

“I answered an ad in my local newspaper that said, “Crafters Needed, $1,000 Weekly.” I applied and was told via the telephone that I would need to pay $65.00 for a start up package that would give me all the details. I was told that I would easily make this money back after the first week. All I got in the mail was a manual that explained what types of craft and sewing jobs might be available and a list of manufacturing companies to apply with. When I tried to get my money back from the company, they had disappeared!” Betty Edwards – Memphis, Tennessee

Don’t be too eager to believe snappy advertising copy that implies you can get rich doing crafts or product assembly from home. If it were that simple, we’d all be doing it! You’ve heard it before, and we will tell you again: IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS!

Typical product assembly work may include packaging material in plastic bags, adding tags, inserting pins into promotional badges, adding buckles to belts, or hand wrapping fishing rods. Sewing and craft work may include mending sweaters, stitching shoe parts, making ski masks, neckties, tote bags or T-shirts, trimming threads on commercially woven placemats, or putting in coat linings. Good work for a few, perhaps, but awfully boring to most, and very hard to come by.

There may also be limited opportunities for craftworkers who can do machine knitting, sewing or figurine painting, but if you have such skills, you would probably be better off starting your own business on your own! To give you an idea, HomeWorkers Net only receives a few of these types of legitimate opportunities every few months! If these types of jobs were available, we would know about it.

HomeWorkers Net does not allow advertising in our Members Only area from companies and organizations that require start up fees, investments or service charges of any kind. All positions are REAL and LEGITIMATE home based job opportunities!

We’ve sure that you have seen the full page ads with headlines that proclaim you can get rich quick, or “Secret money making system revealed!” or “Just mail two letters… and make $10,000 per month.” Or, how about “Earn thousands just my placing tiny classified ads!” The convincing copy in such ads often tells the sad tale of a man or woman who, on the verge of bankruptcy, suddenly discovers the secret to wealth, and now, out of the goodness of his or her heart, is going to share it with you. How lucky can you get! To prove just how profitable these ideas are, the ads often include a list of their bank deposits for the past twelve months, along with a statement from their accountant swearing that it’s true.

Thousands of people are sending such advertisers hundreds of dollars for an information package that probably costs less than a dollar to produce. These promoters have discovered the secret to wealth all right – they’ve learned how to pick the pockets of naïve opportunity seekers. If you want advice, NEVER pay or order any products from businesses that place these types of ads. We have yet to see one that actually lives up to what it promises. A HomeWorkers Net member fell for one of these ads a few years ago:

“The ad had a picture of a lovely woman and promised to relinquish secret details about how to earn great money in real estate. I paid $200.00 for the “complete set of ideas and systems” that was really just two skimpy little books about how to buy property at government auctions. Information that I found completely worthless! Of course, the company would not refund my money.” Susan Yager – San Antonio, Texas

Whenever you read an ad that speaks in vague terms about what you are going to get for your money and never quite explains exactly what you’ll have to do to earn the promised income, don’t bite. An order is likely to bring you only a worthless book on mail order, MLM or some other “plan” of little interest to you. Remember, that no one ever shares their “secrets of success” in a full-page ad “out of the goodness of their heart”. They are strictly in it for the money.

HomeWorkers Net does not allow advertising in our Members Only area from companies and organizations that require start up fees, investments or service charges of any kind. All positions are REAL and LEGITIMATE home based job opportunities!

Beware of ads that begin, “$1,000 Weekly Possible Making Baby Bibs At Home,” or “Make Our Products For Fun And Profit.” Such advertisers say all you have to do is buy their supplies and materials, make the required products to their specifications, and they will buy everything you make. Don’t believe it! There is no market for products that come in “supply kits” offered in opportunity ads.

Usually, the victims of this scam are mothers who want to stay at home with their children and make money from home. Watch out for ads that offer easy money for assembling such items as baby bibs, kitchen aprons, pot holders, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, pillows and many others. The promoters of such schemes will guarantee your complete satisfaction and a full refund of your money, buy they simply will not live up to this offer. They will also offer to buy all the products that you make but they very rarely, if ever do. Usually the reason is that the work that you have done does not meet the standards that they have set for the product.

These advertisers are simply out to sell you a cheap product kit that can range in price from $19.95 to hundreds of dollars. Furthermore, once you respond to these ads your name and address is added to a “sucker list” and you will start to receive solicitations from all sorts of organizations that are offering similar scams. A recent HomeWorkers Net member told us about her experiences:

” I saw an advertisement for “Christmas Ornament Assemblers” and applied immediately. I even contacted the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in my area to find out if the company in question was a member. They were, so I thought it was safe. I found out later that membership with the BBB really doesn’t mean a thing! I paid $57.90 for the cost of the kit and added $10.00 for rush handling. Two weeks later when my kit arrived I was very disappointed. All I received was a couple of bags of beads, some fishing wire and some complicated instructions. I finally assembly the ugly little ornaments but the company refused to buy them because they did not meet “production standards”. They would not refund my money so I called the BBB (of which they were a member), but they would not help.” Kay Williams San Francisco, California

Once and for all….. Do not respond to ads for craft or product assembly. These ads are scams 99% of the time. If we hear of a REAL or LEGITIMATE opportunity, HomeWorkers Net would be glad to pass it one to you! But, don’t hold your breath. Work at home product assembly is the biggest scam around, and worthwhile job opportunities are not expected to be uncovered.

Make.Money.Fast. E-mail is the perfect way to send out chain letters, isn’t it? A few keystrokes will send ten of your closest friends this most famous of Internet scams: the MAKE.MONEY.FAST chain letter. Send it to your close friends, though, and you may end up with some very close enemies, instead! Or worse, you could end up in jail.

Earn 10,000 A Day! The sender assures you that this scam worked for him or her and was perfectly legal — he made over $400,000 after sending out bulk email. He was destitute, and had been driven to this desperate solution after being hounded by bill collectors. (Somehow he could still afford his computer, modem, and e-mail account. Go figure.) And as the years have passed, other people have tacked their names and success stories onto the letter, making the document a monster of testimonials of financial empowerment and pleas that the chain not be broken.

Email Chain Letters Are Illegal. Well, just as chain letters are illegal when sent via “snail-mail” through the U.S. Post Office, these e-mail chain letters are more than a simple disk-space-wasting nuisance. The FCC can prosecute participants for wire fraud, because the letter falsely claims that the process is a legal mailing list subscription service. Prosecution is difficult, however: proving an e-mail letter’s originator is nearly impossible. Many communications software packages permit forging of information; and anyone who doesn’t know how to forge can simply tell the court, “Um, yeah, um, someone broke into my computer and sent it without my permission, yeah.”

Unsolicited Email Doesn’t Pay. Send out these chain letters and bulk email at your own risk. The only people making money with unsolicited bulk email are the people selling bulk mailer software or lists of addresses and a very few marginal operations that have very little reputation to lose and don’t make much money anyway. At first sight the numbers look attractive but the fact is that most netizens detest spam and if you try it you will probably lose money are ruin your reputation.

If You Get Spammed By A Email Scam. The FTC maintains an e-mailbox — uce@ftc.gov — where consumers can forward unsolicited commercial e-mail that they believe may be fraudulent or deceptive. The electronic address receives approximately 500 e-mails a day. Consumers also forward large volumes of unsolicited commercial e-mail to the U.S. Postal Service. The agencies review these collections for e-mail that appears to be deceptive or fraudulent, in violation of the FTC Act or the Postal Lottery Statute. Letters are then sent to the e-mailers warning them about participating in schemes that may violate the law.

According to the US Postal Inspection Service, one of the most common work at home frauds involve stuffing envelopes at home and/or mailing circulars. Ads for such offers may speak of a “revolutionary home business opportunity” that will pay up to $500 a day.

If you fall for this type of scam, you will probably end up paying up to $100.00 or more for a package of literature that includes the same sales letter that you received originally, along with instructions on how to put a classified ad in the newspaper. When people write or contact you regarding the ad you placed, you will sell them the same thing that you fell for. Really not a good way to build a reputation for yourself, is it?

So, where does the “envelope stuffing” come in? Well, supposedly you will be preparing mailings for all those naïve customers that are ordering your “Revolutionary Home Business Opportunity.” However, here are a few things to keep in mind: Depending on the newspaper, it can cost anywhere from $30 to $200 dollars to place an ad. You will also need to think of your printing and postage costs. Furthermore, as people become more aware of the envelope stuffing scam, fewer are going to apply to your ad. A HomeWorkers Net members tells her story:

“I responded to an ad for envelope stuffers with a company called GENEVA. I didn’t think that it was a scam because they told me that they needed people to “hand-write” the addresses on the envelopes instead of typing them. I thought that sounded different so I sent them $43.00 for the “employee contract and orientation package.” Of course, this turned out to be a big scam, just like all the others. It was just another trick to get my money.” Denise Bennett, Oakland, California

In short, the only ones making money in this business are the ones who create the programs and circulars that other people use. The reality of mail order marketing is that it is tough to get even a 1 percent response to a circular mailing or classified ad, and if its poorly printed and offers questionable products or information, it is likely to be completely ignored by the recipients.

An interesting point to remember: modern mailing techniques and equipment have virtually eliminated the need for homeworkers to perform legitimate envelope stuffing, addressing, and mailing services from their homes. Therefore, you will not find actual home based jobs for envelope addresses or mailers. These schemes always constitute fraud. They use deception to get money and they are illegal. DO NOT, we repeat.. DO NOT reply to ads for envelope stuffing or mailing. They have never led to a real or legitimate opportunity. If you are looking for real work at home jobs:

Lets get this straight once and for all. You CANNOT make money reading books or manuscripts while working at home. Legitimate book publishers either have their own in-house proofreaders or easy access to professionals in their area. Even if a publisher is hiring proofreaders or book readers, they will almost always be interested in hiring someone with a degree in English or some other related field. They will also want someone with extensive experience in the industry who has a list of professional references and recommendations.

Dont count out real job opportunities! It is unlikely that you will find a job as a book reader, but proofreading jobs are available on a work at home basis from time to time, but not often. Legitimate jobs will require experience as a proofreader and usually a degree. The most commonly available jobs for proofreaders are for applicants with highly specialized skills. For instance, technical writing, engineering or computer programming to name a few. If you have just basic reading/proofing skills, the chances are not good that you will be hired.

Some unethical businesses may offer a list of names and addresses of book publishers in their useless directories, for which you can expect to pay upwards of $150.00. Many of these publishing houses have not given permission to the scammer to even list there information! Of course, when you contact the companies that are listed, they will tell you that they do not hire inexperienced, home based book readers. A HomeWorkers Net member tells us about his experiences:

“I had always been interested in literature and I am a writer myself. I applied to an ad that read “Book Readers Needed Now – Excellent Earning Potential.” I was told that they could get me a job reading books and that it was guaranteed! If I was not hired within a month, they would refund my money. So, I paid the $29.95 for the “directory of employers.” This directory was nothing but a list of nationwide book publishers – many of who had gone out of business. None were hiring book readers. When I tried to get my money back, the company told me that in order to get a refund, I would have to return the directory and supply them with 20 phone numbers and names of people that had interviewed me. Of course, I didnt have any names because I didnt get any interviews.” Jeff Ramsey, Springfield, Missouri

Another variation of this scam is when you are asked to buy a book that gives you all the “inside secrets for only $32.95!” The book that you get will give you a variety of worthless information on the publishing industry along with basic information about how to write a resume “that will get you interviewed with the big book publishers!” Another scam that we uncovered involved a seedy organization that required you to pay a non refundable fee to “be trained as a proofreader.” After paying the fee and receiving your “education” you would be told that you did not pass the aptitude test. Best advice: avoid ads for book readers!

We have no intentions to harm the MLM industry here. There are a few good opportunities out there that offer excellent earning potential for the right person. However, we do not think that the MLM industry is the biggest money making mechanism to come along, that will earn you millions of dollars with little effort.

The thing to keep in mind is that no reputable MLM company will ever ask for a lot of money up front, although some require an initial investment for supplies or membership. If you are promised fast and easy money for little effort, don’t bite! The best MLM’s can earn you a nice living but you will have to work for it, just like any other job.

Many MLM advocates point to the success of such established direct sales companies as Tupperware and Mary Kay Cosmetics to prove how well the concept actually works. But the big corporations no longer want to be thought of as an MLM. Many now refer to themselves as direct marketing or direct sales companies.

There are a number of warning signs that you should look out for when deciding if an MLM is right for you. Avoid the following:

  1. Operations where the emphasis is on recruiting others rather than on selling a product.
  2. Operations where members are not allowed to choose how much of the product to purchase each month.
  3. Operations where you are required to send the organizers a substantial payment, or worse still a monthly fee, for the privilege of selling their product.
  4. Operations promoting obscure or intrinsically very low value products. Be particularly wary of anything to do with health care or health promotion such as vitamins.
  5. Operations promising you vast sums of money for little or no time, trouble or effort.


A recent MLM emphasized the “five-get-give-get-five” concept that so many MLM promoters use and that is so misleading. It works like this: If everyone in your “downline” sold 5 monthly subscriptions, your organization could look like this:

1) 5
2) 25
3) 125
4) 625
5) 3,125
6) 15,625

How does it add up? When you multiply 15,625 subscribers, times a $50 commission, times twice a year, you get $1,562,500. Not bad! But, to understand why this illustration doesn’t hold water, consider this: There is a high attrition rate in MLM, so we must assume that 90% of your people will drop out. In other words, four or five of your original first level people are going to drop out! So, you may have to sponsor more than 30 people to find five that will go on to sponsor five others.

Many people believe that MLM selling is about getting other people to sign up under a distributor and do all the work. But anyone entering MLM with this idea in mind is going to fail. The only way to succeed in this business is to find a good product that you are excited about and mike it available to other people who will also get excited about it.