Work at home jobs seem like the land of milk and honey. You make your own schedule; you’re never too far from the creature comforts of home, there is no boss breathing down your neck and no hectic aggravating morning commutes. You are probably already thinking: “It can’t be all its cracked up to be though” and you would be absolutely correct. According to a CBS news report, only 1 in 50 work from home jobs are actually real (as in not scams) and as an adult you probably already know that not all that glitters is gold. After all, working from home is probably not be all it’s cracked up to be even if the jobs are real. These are some of the worst jobs that you can do from home in 2015.
According to the same CBS report I referenced in the introduction, if the job seems too good to be true, it probably is. A great example of this are companies that promise an income of over 45.000 U.S. dollars to fill envelopes with advertisements or assemble small nick-knacks such as brooches or pins. The first scheme usually has the “potential employee” pay a fee to go through training. Which is pretty banal compared to scams using it as an excuse for getting people’s personal information to use in identity and financial fraud schemes.
The second one isn’t as nefarious, but it’s still pretty woeful for the people that get involved. The “assemble at home” scam usually has their “employees” buy the materials (for whatever they are assembling) and then send them the products which they deem sub-par. This way the person that made them never gets paid for either their time or materials and the “employer” gets free products. It’s more legitimate, and they suck less, but they still suck.
The title might be slightly misleading, a lead generator’s job is basically cold calling. You receive a list of names and numbers that you contact and attempt to sell products to. Not only is this job monotonous, but it is also full of rejection, and you will be subjected to a world of verbal abuse. Because let’s be honest, who is really happy to get a call from a telemarketer trying to sell you the latest gimmicky kitchen appliance?
Multi-Level Marketing is not exactly a pyramid scheme, but it’s fairly close. It’s essentially direct sales (kind of like the job above) but you can also commission other salespeople, who pay you a commission when they sell something. Like I said it’s like a pyramid scheme, but it’s kind of not at the same time. Some programs demand you pay a membership fee (either monthly or annually) if you do not manage to add other salespeople to the program within a predetermined time. Sounds less-than-legit, but surprisingly it’s completely legal.
Turkers as they call themselves are individuals hired to do mundane and repetitive tasks for a few cents. The tasks are posted on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (which is a humorous hat tip to “The Turk” a supposedly autonomous unbeatable chess-playing robot, that actually had a human inside of it playing) and the tasks are called HITs (human intelligence tasks) and pay a few cents per task completed. Some of the exciting tasks available on the HIT lists are:
- Type text from images, carefully
- Transcribe up to 35 seconds of Media to Text (this one pays a whopping 0.17 cents per task completed!)
- Transcribe all of the purchased items and total from a shopping receipt.
The system also has time limits in which you have to complete the tasks requested. Both requesters and mturkers receive a rating that helps keep the community working efficiently and ethically. Just be warned the money isn’t phenomenal, in most cases it’s well below minimum wage.
Do you know of any other awful ways you can work from home? Let us know in the comment section below.