Surefire Best Practices For Online Working
Five Of My Top Tips For Safely Working Online
Remote work is becoming more and more prevalent as we cope with the ongoing pandemic. There are scams and fraudulent websites that you will want to avoid when seeking online gigs and jobs. Here are a few tips to be as safe as possible when working online.
An oldie but a goodie to begin with – check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints and score for the company you are planning to work with. This is not a failsafe – many people do not report to the BBB these days, but it is a good place to start. If there are a lot of complaints or a low grade there for the company you are checking on, you might want to avoid that employer.
Another easy and basic place to check for complaints is Google. Google can be your friend! Search the name of the business combined with the word fraud and see what you find, then proceed accordingly.
An excellent resource is Glassdoor.com. You can search job listings there, but you can also read tons of reviews and good and bad reviews of many companies and positions. There is a wealth of information on a multitude of employers and businesses there. Do not take a position online without checking Glassdoor.
Call the Company!
Call the company. Check out any and all contact information you can find online for the company you are considering working with. If it seems false, fake, or extremely unprofessional, proceed with caution. If the website is full of misspelled words and poor grammar, proceed with caution and check further. Try to reach a human. If you cannot contact anyone at the business now no matter how hard you try, chances are you won’t be able to contact anyone regarding a paycheck if you don’t get paid when you expect to be paid. Red flags before you accept a job or gig may mean you won’t have a good experience later.
Always listen to your instincts. If something seems odd or wrong, listen to your inner voice and keep on looking for another position. There are thousands of gigs available online. Don’t grab for the first offer out of desperation. If you do, you may be sorry in the future.
Do Not Pay To Get A Job!
With very few exceptions, you should not have to pay to get a job online. Some companies will require you to pay for a background check on yourself, but aside from that, you should not have to pay fees or anything of that sort to get a job or gig. Some sites require a monthly fee to search their job database, and that is your decision if you wish to do so. As a general rule, however, you should not have to fork out money to get a job or gig. Buyer beware!
The main things to remember are to check for bad reviews or complaints about the company, and to pay attention to any bad feelings or red flags. Happy job hunting!