With the downturn came a glut of work at home job offers from companies of all sizes.
Working from home offers many benefits to the company and employee - lower overheads and costs, a happier employee, flexible schedules. Who wouldn't want to get paid to work in their PJs?
However, there are negatives to counter the immediate appeal. Typically, the stay-at-home employee earns much less than their in-office brethren, and you may be classed as a contractor or freelancer, affecting your eligibility for company benefits. Competition is also fierce.
The WSJ lays out a great article advising of the pitfalls in the work at home market, including some common signs that the card you saw in the subway is nothing more than a scam:
Avoiding Work-at-Home Scams
Steer clear of pitches that:
- Require up-front "processing" or "intake" fees
- Say no experience is necessary
- Promise enormous income
- Use the words "work-at-home" in the pitch
- Lack a specific job description
- Ask for personal financial data
- Picture tropical paradises or fast cars
- Stress that only a few openings exist
Source: "Work at Home Now," by Christine Durst and Michael HaarenRead the full article at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703819904574555710881471416.html