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The Work-at-home nightmare
A Dishonest World
Recently, I began the hunt for a work-at-home position. Everywhere you turn, the job sounds really great…in theory. However, I’ve noticed a deception that takes advantage of the people, desperate in their search for a way to earn a living when local jobs fail to meet a fair wage. For example, myself.
Six or seven years ago, my mental and physical health declined rapidly. Migraines became a common occurrence on a daily basis. In the end, I was diagnosed with Bi-Polar, Panic Disorder, PTSD and Social Anxiety Disorder. As for Physical diagnoses…I will not bore you with the details but I will say this, “I am tired of hurting constantly and not being able to take anything for it”. Seriously, I cannot go into details but basically, I have violent reactions to almost every medicine available to me.
After an exhaustive battle for Social Security Disability, Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income, my health has become worse. In a desperate turn of events, I canceled my Appeal with Social Security and started the fight for my life. The epiphany that I could only count on me to get insurance and get help led to my quest for online work. Remember, I have been diagnosed with, Social Panic Disorder and a Panic Disorder. Because of this, working at home only seemed all too perfect for my predicament.
Obstacle One: Read this!
Applying online for work is so exhausting. In the past two weeks, I began my quest for a real job by spending every waking minute, looking for a good job…or, three. On average, I dedicated over eighteen hours a day, every day, submitting applications and doing everything under the sun, legally of course, to find some real pay for real work. Wow, the amount of scams and flim-flams is overwhelming.
The Common Work-Related Scams
Con Artist prey on anyone and everyone on the net. When you post your resume, even on reputable job sites, you will very quickly begin to get job offers that will seem legitimate. A quick way to protect yourself is to highlight the email address of the sender. With Windows 10, simply placing your pointer over the email will pop up a small tag telling you the identity of actual email address. If the email address does not match the company name, delete the email and avoid! A real company that operates a website that sales any kind of services are products has to jump through hoops with banking, merchant accounts and an endless process of being verified while obtaining the company, Dot Com. Example: APerson@CompanyName.com is a valid business email address.
BPerson@FreeEmailAddresses.com is not.
Another common trick among potential work is the ole, slight-of-hand, trick. A potentially new boss contacts you and offers you a job. In the offer, they will say they pay $11.00 per hour, as an example. It’s not great but for an economically challenged rural area, is not too bad. Although I was clocking a lot more than that 20 years ago. Still, you go for it. It’s Full-Time and the hours are doable. Now, you find yourself jumping through hoops on a non-stop nightmare of system checks, equipment checks, (Headphones with microphones, a landline, a home office in many cases…), the list goes on. Anyway, you finish the frog leaping contest of getting everything set up and then comes the interview. During the course of the, over-the-phone interview, the recruiter tells you that $11.00 an hour and paid weekly has now become $9.25 an hour and pays every other week. So, when applying for work, be mindful…what you see is not always what you get.
Surveys…oh, those miserable critters.
Here’s the main problem with surveys… they take forever, you make peanuts and ultimately… nothing to be taken seriously as any sort of viable income. Any website that actually will pay you, pays very little. I chose ten survey websites for this research. No, I will not list them here. This is not an advertisement. This is to help you learn from my research and findings. Anyway, I spent sixteen hours a day over the course of three days, taking surveys all across the board and it was not worth the effort. In the end, I walked away with maybe ten bucks. This is one time I will avoid deciphering the hourly rate but it was enough torture just getting through the research. Why bring up the, “Ye Olde”, pay scale established during the dark ages… in modern times? Because, it’s obviously still in effect. For the surveys that offer what seems like a decent amount of pay… most of the time, you will not qualify for the survey after you’ve given them the information from the, “Pre-Survey”.
Free-lance Writing… many obstacles but few are chosen!
As a writer, at least I think so, LOL… it only seemed natural that I look for work writing whatever, pretty much. Boy, was I wrong! Technical Writer is the proper search term. Freelance writer…you will end up with an eclectic blend of, “Wow, you’re kidding, right”? One job offer I received was for $10.00. The job consisted of writing a blog about an electronic piece of equipment. After two hours of researching the equipment, I quickly realized that the requirements for the article in ratio to research versus actually writing the article would break down to $2.00 an hour. I would be a rich banker… in the 1880’s. LOL!
Technical Writer: A whole new headache!
All Technical Writer Jobs are exactly the way they sound. These job require that you have a really good background in the field of the work to be accomplished. That makes sense but that also means it requires a matching education and work-related background. Here’s the catch. Most of the hiring companies are bombarded with applicants and can take the candidate they feel is strongly suited to their needs. In other words, the job market is fierce and exacting. Most companies do not bother with anyone that is not specifically able to handle all aspects of the skills required. So, if you’re lacking in an area or two, don’t even bother. Basically, stick to what you know and what you have done for a living.
Customer Service/Customer Support… they are different.
Customer Service jobs are usually sales related and companies requires a sales background. Customer Support is more. The job is a culmination of sales, tech support and just helping customers in general. Anyone like myself, (Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder), will probably want to avoid this job. If you are friendly and happy go lucky and experienced…then, this is the job for you. Bear in mind, the hiring company will take education and experience over willing to learn, any day! Even if you are qualified, the competition is still very stiff.
Video Game Testers… sounds great to me!
Every video game publisher needs testers to play the games and look for bugs, glitches and boo-boos. The work is usually on a per game basis and the production company requires that you be willing to work, overtime. No catches here! You KNOW what companies you are working for. Some require experience as a game tester while other companies only require that you play the game and work with them to fix all the problems that you discover. Still sounds like a great job to me. Here’s the downside. This sounds like a great job to anyone that wants to get paid to play games but that’s just it…the companies are bombarded with applicants every day and it takes them time to give you, your first paid assignment. Currently, I am still waiting…and waiting and waiting. Okay, so I first applied last week but jeez…I’m ready to burn the fat off my thumbs. LOL! Seriously, my concern is, will my symptoms from my Bi-Polar Condition interfere with my ability to stay focused on playing a video game for hours on end? I certainly hope so! Again, I’m fighting for my health and survival.
Graphics Design Work… one in a billion!
If you truly enjoy working with graphics of any kind, like I do, then you would probably look here for work. There are plenty of jobs to be had. However, serious companies require degrees and mad talent. Speaking of talent. Artist from all over the world compete for the work in this category making it very hard to actually get a contract/job in this profession.
Medical jobs…there’s a variety!
Indeed, there are plenty of work-at-home medical jobs available. However, a degree is always desired by potential employers. Since my experience with anything medical is limited to a non-stop series of nightmares… I have zero experience or education in this line of work. Still, I scoped it out to get a feel for what would be expected. Education, experience and a home office are required. This is not a line of work where they offer training.
In closing…for the moment.
As my desperate race against time is met with daily hurdles and challenges, I will continue to learn more and update this article with what I learn from my own experiences and relay them here as often as possible. Currently, I am working in a new area of research regarding making money from the comfort of being home.
Anyone with viable suggestions or comments regarding this subject are encouraged to speak up! I am still on the hunt for real work that I can hopefully do from here at home. Thank you.