Whether you like being a digital nomad or whether you are looking for the flexibility to work from home, you must first check that the job is legitimate.
Finding flexible jobs that you can do from anywhere seems like a dream come true. Playing with other people's dreams is not uncommon. That is why you should ask 4 questions before applying.
1. Is the URL legitimate and secure?
It should be an HTTPS site link - Why?
HTTPS is not the opposite of HTTP, but its younger cousin. The two are essentially the same, in that both of them refer to the same "hypertext transfer protocol" that enables requested web data to be presented on your screen. But, HTTPS is still slightly different, more advanced, and much more secure. In EEA you get a warning for HTTP sites.
It should be a domain Address
But don’t trust a job listing just because it has the logo of a major company. Double-check the URL, and search online to see if you can find the job listing anywhere else. Also, check social media and make sure the company has a presence and plenty of followers.
If the website is legitimate and the job posting can be found in multiple places, there’s a good chance it’s a legitimate job. Also, take note of the email addresses used for contact. As an example, Appen recruiting will only contact candidates using a verified @appen.com or @connect-mail.appen.com email address.
2. Hands-off when asked to send money!
You may be asked to pay a small monthly fee to access some of the job offers. You may also need to have your own equipment, such as a computer and a mobile phone. However, you should never be asked to send money once you have accepted a job from home.
If you are asked to send gift certificates or money for a background check, inventory, deposit or the like, the company is probably not legitimate. Even if there are some start-up costs for a new job, the company should be willing to take them from your first paycheck.
3. Are the revenues offered realistic?
Whether you've been working in your current industry for years or are just starting out, you should have an idea of the common rate for your field - and if you don't, do some research before you look for a job. If claims are completely exaggerated and unrealistic, you've probably run into a scam.
Of course, this research also prevents you from taking a job where wages are far too low. There are companies that try to take advantage of people, so make sure the pay rate is fair for the tasks you will be doing.
Check search engines or recruitment platforms for remote jobs.
4. Consider the payment source for the remunerations
One of the first things they should research is the payment information, such as the payment method used, the payment institution and the payment rhythm. Usually, this information is not included in the first job ad, the person you are talking to about the job or the information you have been sent should answer these questions.
A reputable company pays by direct bank transfer, through a borderless online payment service such as Payoneer or Transferwise, or by cheque on account. Don't be afraid to ask yourself how often the company pays along with the payroll rate. At least never send your bank account information directly to one person - always to the payment service.
Interested in exploring flexible, work-from-home jobs? Appen is hiring!