Once you start working remotely, you’ll probably never want to work from an office again.
In fact, studies have shown that 65% of respondents who have switched to remote work want to become full-time remote employees post-pandemic. Why wouldn’t they? With fewer distractions and more flexibility, more and more workers are discovering the benefits of remote work.
However, many are still cautious. There are still things to think about, and the main concerns are online scams and untrustworthy employers.
You may be wondering: How do I know that an employer is trustworthy? How can I be sure that I’ll get my money? What if I get scammed?
These are fair questions, especially if you don’t have any experience in the world of remote work. That’s why we’re here to tell you exactly what you should look out for when applying for an online job. Read on!
What makes a company trustworthy?
When searching for legit remote work opportunities, pay attention that the job posts are:
- posted on trusted websites
- offer general info about the company
- offer a list of requirements
- provide a detailed description of the position
- there are no misspellings or grammatical errors
A trustworthy employer should be very clear about what they’re looking for in an employee. If there is something that seems off about the job post, make sure to do a background check on the company (you may be doing this anyway as you prepare for a remote interview!).
Remote Employment Security
There are usually a few warning signs that can indicate that a job post is fake. Here is what you should look out for when it comes to remote work listings:
They Contact You
Contacting a prospective employee on a job posting site is not unusual, but if someone contacts you via social media or a strange email address, you should be careful.
Years ago, before I started writing content for JobRack, I was contacted by a stranger on Instagram claiming she had a job offer for me.
She said that the job was an amazing remote employment opportunity with flexible hours, and hinted that it was a marketing position, but mostly stayed vague saying she would explain more if I agreed to meet her online and discuss the details.
Of course, the job was fake, which brings us to the next sign you’re dealing with a fake job offer – asking for money.
They Ask for Money
How did I ultimately come to find out that the job was fake?
I agreed to a ‘live video presentation’ this woman invited me to. It turned out to be an obviously pre-recorded video that gave no actual info on the job.
The man used keywords like ‘remote employment’ and ‘great opportunity’, eventually asking the participants to pay money for the limited-seat presentation where he would actually explain the details about the position.
After I refused to pay, the woman blocked me on Instagram and I never heard from her again.
Obviously, this was a scam.
Always be careful when someone contacts you via social media and NEVER send out any money for training materials, startup kits, software, or anything of the sort.
Also, be careful when providing your personal information – some scammers will try to use a job application to get you to reveal your credit card information or bank account information.
No Website / No Employer Reviews
Almost every company today has an online presence. If the job post doesn’t really explain what the job is about and you cannot find the company website, it probably doesn’t exist.
You can also do a quick employer background check through Glassdoor, where you can read about previous experiences and even salaries.
One thing to note is that sometimes employers will post under a generic name to protect themselves from their competition knowing where and how they’re hiring. We have some really great companies hiring this way through JobRack – they’re fully transparent once you apply and speak to them but searching for their name may not bring anything up.
You can always check out their profile page on the hiring site where it should be open about this if they’re using a cover name. If they don’t share their name after you apply, then be cautious!
If you find a job posting urgently looking for a person to do an extremely easy job for lucrative pay, it’s probably not legit. Not a lot of companies offer unlimited earning potential. Also, trying to get employees on board without vetting them first is a sign that there is something not quite right.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Choose the Right Platform
There are plenty of websites where you can find remote employment, and it’s important to choose the ones where the staff is committed to vetting employers so that you get access to the best companies.
Although some of them are very popular, remote worker platforms sometimes come with hidden fees. For example, Upwork charges a 20% service fee for the first $500 with a client, which means that you’ll receive only $400. On top of that, you have to pay to apply for listings, which means that starting out on this platform is not easy.
In short: Popular websites like Upwork are trustworthy, but they take a significant cut from your earnings.
We’ve tried to come up with a solution, and that’s how JobRack was born.
Each and every job post found on our website comes from a trusted company and we work directly with the employers to make sure you get paid for your work – without taking any percentage of your earnings. So if you’re looking for a job, JobRack is the perfect place for you. Click here to find out more.