For many people, the idea of working from home sounds like a dream (especially at 5:30 am when your alarm is reminding you it’s time to get up!). Working from home allows you to have more control over your schedule and offers increased flexibility that’s attractive, especially to professionals who have increased demands in other parts of life. As someone who is military-connected, working remotely can provide stability since your job moves from one place to another with you, because it allows you to hold down the homefront while growing your career from overseas and across time zones.

Sound too good to be true?

You know what they say: if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you’ve been working remotely for some time or have been diligently searching for a remote role, you may be all too aware of increasingly common work from home scams. Often appearing alongside real positions on well-known job search websites, these scams target job seekers and can be very convincing. Thankfully, Instant Teams Academy is here to help you avoid falling victim to common work-from-home scams and to equip you to find—and LAND—your ideal remote role.

Are There Any Work From Home Jobs That Aren’t Scams?

While there are many legitimate work-from-home jobs available, telling the difference between real opportunities and scams is no easy task. We’ve already gone over some remote “opportunities” to be wary of, but what cues can you look for to help confirm a position’s authenticity?

Four Ways to Avoid Work-From-Home Scams

Not sure how to discern legitimate remote work opportunities from work from home scams? Keep these tips in mind as you start your search.

Beware of Unsolicited Emails or Messages

Don’t assume that just because you receive an email the looks professional or LinkedIn messages about immediately-hiring remote roles, it’s legitimate. Unless the news comes from a self-identified recruiter and is directly linked to an honest company, proceed with caution! Real remote jobs are almost always posted to online job boards. Generally, they follow the same hiring path as a traditional job.

Do Your Research

A simple Google search is a great way to reveal work from home scams. Look for reports from the Better Business Bureau, online reviews, and other sources that might indicate shady business practices. Likewise, Online searches can confirm the legitimacy of a company or role.

Guard Your Assets

It’s an instant red flag if any company approaching you with a work from home opportunity asks you for personal information like a social security number or bank account. Common scams may also request payment for background checks or uniforms covered by a legitimate business.

Trust Your Gut

Though not a quantifiable business practice, your intuition is a valuable tool in helping to identify when something is not as it appears to be. If you get a “bad feeling” at any point during the job search/interview process, acknowledge your apprehension and take a closer look.

Don’t Get Scammed – Get Smart

Knowing the cues that common work from home scams use to draw you in is a great way to avoid falling victim to them. However, it doesn’t bring you any closer to finding your ideal remote role. Instead of pouring through job search websites to find a position that will help you pay the bills but won’t accelerate your career, take the step to invest in your future and make yourself an attractive candidate by expanding your skillset

Becoming Equipped To Land Your Dream Remote Role

You may be considering expensive college courses, time-consuming certifications, or demanding internships to add to your expertise. There’s a better way. With just ten weeks and 8-10 hours a week, Instant Teams Academy helps you obtain an industry-recognized certification so you can start your remote career (not just a job!) in Business Development, Customer Success, or Software Development.

Our various remote skill training tracks support upskilling and reskilling. They empower you to feel equipped to return to the workforce through guided coursework and certification programs. After your certification is complete, Instant Teams offers a community of over 12,000+ globally-located military spouses opportunities for remote work.

Your dream work from home job could be just around the corner. Take the chance. Invest in yourself. Contact Instant Teams Academy today to reserve your spot in our next rolling cohort.