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“How to make a €1,000 a day working from home”



The topic of commission only and work from home jobs came up in conversation this week and sparked an interesting discussion. I have started to notice an increase in adverts offering crazy money for seemingly very little. It reminds me of the late 80s. In fact the first two job interviews I went on were a pyramid scheme where I could make thousands of pounds monthly and a door to door sales job selling unsellable children’s books that no one had ever heard of.  I did in fact take the door to door sales role and despite my 12 hour days and worn Clarke’s shoes, I packed it all in 2 weeks later and somehow had managed to make a grand loss of £150. I soon realised that if it seems too good to be true it more than likely is. Have I sparked any memories of similar stories? I remember a friend of mine coming over to my house frequently to brush his teeth as he disliked the Amway brand in his own house.

I have had a number of job seekers come to me recently who have recently fallen victim to the misleading job advert and in some cases the job scam. They all have the same thing in common (just like I did in the late 80s) – They are desperate for work, have very little money and mounting bills, they think finding their targeted job unlikely, if not impossible and while something inside says “Don’t do it” they ignore their instinct and hope and pray it will be the opportunity that will solve all their problems. Yes, I find myself getting very angry at these chancers that prey on the vulnerable job seeker!

Here are a few points to ponder when looking at an attractive job advert –

  • Study the advert - Does the job state a salary? Is the role commission only? If unsure try to find out before applying.  Research the company and see what people are saying about them. Are they affiliated to another company or do they trade under another name?  Does the advert provide a telephone number or web address? Steer clear of hotmail or yahoo type emails and PO Box numbers.
  • You won’t get rich instantly – Avoid adverts that claim to guarantee you wealth, financial success or that will help you get rich fast. You might help a company get rich, but at your expense!
  • Hold on to the money you have – Never send money. Some adverts will require you to send money for a start up kit or for training. You would not throw your savings into a blazing fire and sending money will often yield the same result as just doing that. In fact the fire option will be quicker and less painful.
  • Check References – Ask for references if you are not sure if a company or job is legitimate. Try and get a list of employees and some of their customers. Then follow up and see how they rate the company. If the company is unwilling to help ask yourself why? I would even suggest standing outside a company’s premises early am and talk to staff as they arrive. Ask them how they like working there, how long they have been in the company and what the average time period staff in there has worked for. This can prove very insightful.
  • Don’t make a hasty decision and think twice – If it sound too good to be true, it probably is! Read any offer you get very carefully.  I recently read a story about a candidate who received a job offer and a detailed contract. She was very excited and hastily accepted. Sadly the job did not exist and in fact she had never even applied for it. She had been dazzled by the number of failed applications she had sent. The contract had requested bank details so the employer could pay her. And well you can the guess the rest.

So be very careful out there and remember if a job seems to offer amazing earning potential in a short period of time.  Ask yourself this question – If this was true wouldn’t everyone want to work there and wouldn’t I have heard of this great company before now?



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The Author:

Greg is a Social Media trainer and workshop facilitator with the Digital Marketing Institute. He has also delivered lectures and short courses for leading organisations including SureSkills, Socialmedia.ie and The Michael Smurfit Business School. Greg also works with the Ahain Group as a Social Business Consultant. He believes that in order to make social media work for your business you must have a clear business goal, a clearly defined strategy and make sure that everything you do is measureable. Specialities include: Social Media Training | Personal Branding |Social Business Consultancy | Social Strategy Workshops | Interview Techniques | Psychometric Profiling | LinkedIn Training | Facebook Training | Twitter Training | Blogging | Online Video and You Tube Training | Emerging Social Media (Pinterest, Foursquare, Instagram, Google+ etc.) More information at: www.ahaingroup.com and www.careerscoach.ie http://www.careerscoach.ie

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  • http://www.channelship.ie/blog/ Fred

    Good post Greg. Sad to hear that are people taking advantage of job seekers, especially in times like this. I would also suggest to stick to reliable sources of information. More likely, LinkedIn, Monster, any decent job website would not publish these scams.

  • http://www.btbtraining.com/blog Niall Devitt

    Hi Greg, Great post and thanks for reminding us that there are some scrupulous characters and organisations out there willing to take advantage. It’s particularly relevant now when many people are desperate to work and will consider anything just to make that happen.I’d also add that Twitter is polluted with them so people watch out! Great reminder, thanks.

  • http://blog.myprojecttracker.com Barney Austen

    Great post and sage advice Greg – good man! It’s unfortunate that people will take advantage of the current climate to make a fast buck. To me, the old adage of “if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is” applies!

  • http://www.encouragingexcellence.ie/ Mairéad Kelly

    Good post Greg. They are people who take advantage ALL the time, they have just shifted the focus from charities to job-seekers and they ALWAYS use or own insecurities against us. When I see these things and other online “trainings” that involve huge immediate cash payments I’m thankful that I resisted the urge to get a credit card when I could, not having one allows me time to stop and consider what other options I have for the money I’d be forking out and whether it can be used in other trainings with less immediate output or even a payment plan I can afford. And like you suggested it gives me time to check out said institution for results and references.

    Mairéad
    http://www.encouragingexcellence.ie

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the replies and sound comments.
    @Fred – great advice about sticking to reliable websites, newspapers etc. 90% of the time you are safe but occasionally an a misleading add slips under the radar. Also some of these job adverts are perfectly legal just highly misleading, so sites and newspapers will still run them.
    @Niall – Super point Re Twitter. Very valid. Seeing a bit of this on Facebook now too.
    @Barney – Thanks for your comment. You are right. If it seems too good to be true – Beware!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the valuable comments Mairéad.

  • http://www.cormacmoore.com/ Cormac

    haha, i went for a job interview a while ago – the job description was very vague, but promised quick promotion, leadership position and competitive salary – even in the interview there was no specific information about what the actual day to day work was about. It was just a marketing position!

    I went away from an interview, thinking it seemed interesting, until I spoke to a friend of mine who was at something similar!

    Turned out to be selling door to door eircom and sky tv packages – mostly evening time and 100% commission – no thanks!

    There are alot of companies trading under different names working out of the same offices, with no web pressence and very vague job descriptions, but all of them are looking to expand their business quickly in Ireland!

    I didnt go back for the “Second Stage Interview”…

  • Anonymous

    Cormac.

    I know the company you are talking about and they trade under multiple names. While their operation is perfectly legal and they have some good clients. Staff rarely make much if any money. Thanks for sharing a great example of a misleading ad.

    Greg

  • http://www.salestipaday.com/ Chris Hamilton

    Greg,

    Great post, the old adage, if it sounds too good to be true…
    The main thing is that Rome wasn’t built in a day. It takes years to build up success and build a solid business, no overnight success.

    Chris Hamilton
    http://www.salestipaday.com

  • Anonymous

    Wise words Chris:)

  • http://www.bloggertone.com Niall Devitt

    Hi Pawel, welcome to Bloggertone and as an ex salesperson and sales manager, I think is a really great first post. In fact, I would go so far as to say what you have described here is the difference between the average salesperson and a great sales person. Brilliant salespeople are brilliant prospectors – they spend the majority of their time dealing with prospects that are in a position to do business.   

  • Michael_Dineen

    Great post. Really like the tip on assessing the quality of their previous marketing materials. Great way to find eager prospects.

  • http://smartbusinessguides.net/ Pawel Grabowski

    Niall, wow, thank you and great to be part of the community :) I agree, the best sales people know exactly where to invest their time and efforts. Having said that, I am playing smart here but I was on the other side for a long time myself and it took me a while to figure out what I was doing wrong. 

  • http://smartbusinessguides.net/ Pawel Grabowski

    Thank you Michael, it’s my own little invention :) Work in almost every single case…

  • http://smartbusinessguides.net/ Pawel Grabowski

    Thanks Swayne :)

  • http://www.bloggertone.com Niall Devitt

    Thanks for a great first post, Tom. I’m going to digest this later this evening.

  • http://twitter.com/ballymountaccs Tom Holmes

    Thanks Niall – feel like the new kid in among all the pros!!

  • http://twitter.com/ballymountaccs Tom Holmes

    Cheers for the help – don’t be drinking that cheap Welsh plonk – get yourself some nice French white!! ;)

  • Elish Bul

    Thanks for getting that useful summary out in such timely fashion- shared for all our SMES audience in the buidling sector and interiors sectors

  • http://twitter.com/ballymountaccs Tom Holmes

    Cheers Elish!