Those Oh So Tempting Work at Home Ads
We've all seen those tempting work at home ads at one time or another. And probably have even been tempted to call them. You know the ones.
"Make $2000 a week stuffing envelopes in your home!"
"Earn thousands of dollars per month - from home - processing Medical Billing Claims. No experience required."
Yet as tempting as they sounded, we tend to not call as something in the ad just doesn't seem right. Unfortunately, every day many people do call these ads and join the programs - much to their financial detriment.
While a small number of "work at home" positions are legitimate, the vast majority are designed to make money for the person running the ad, not the person who is calling the ad. Those dreams of a good income earned at home quickly become a nightmare of charges, fees, supply costs and more. And after all that, no work that you can get paid for ever materializes. While there are scams covering the entire range of possibilities, the most common of them fall into three broad categories.
Medical Billing - The idea here is that you become an outsource avenue for handling medical billing, chasing accounts receivable, handling electronic insurance claims and more. And the company tells you that they have trained sales staff available to get you accounts. This business requires an investment of anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000. For this, the company will train you and provide you with materials that you need to handle the processing. The pro at the other end of the phone makes it sound really good as they explain how huge the problem is and how much you can earn even with just a few small account. The reality in this opportunity though is anything but rosy. Usually the promised sales help never appears and you are left with getting clients on your own. And those few who even try to give the business a go when they discover this fact usually quit very quickly when they find out how much competition there is for business and how much is locked into large and well established firms.
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