“What points should I consider before applying
for a homeworking scheme?”
There seem to be many advertisements for schemes that promise attractive rates
of pay for working from home. For many people this may seem a good way to earn
money without having to leave their home. However, the advertisements are not
always what they seem. Some people find they do not get the sort of money that
the advertisement promised. In some cases, the company sends them goods to use
or sell and they end up owing the company money for them.
The most common types of homeworking schemes available are:
- These sometimes involve you placing advertisements, similar to the one you
answered, in shop windows or newspapers. However, people would need to reply
to your name and address.
- You may need to purchase your own envelopes and stamps and pay for the advertisements.
- When you have a certain number of replies you send these off to the company
and wait for your commission.
- The company will then use these names and addresses to send out information
about the homeworking scheme.
- Sometimes the amount you pay in advertising fees, envelopes and postage
can far exceed any commission you may receive.
Assembly Work Schemes
- These sometimes require you to buy kits to assemble at home. Once the kits
are assembled you return them to the company for payment.
- The products you could be assembling can range from Christmas decorations
- The company may ask you to pay an initial registration or administration
- If you do not assemble the kits properly or to the company’s specification
the company will reject them and you will not get paid.
- Unscrupulous companies will reject goods for their own reasons and will
not pay you for the goods you have made and paid for.
The following points may be of help if you are considering applying for a homeworking
scheme you see advertised
- Does the original advertisement have the full name and address of the company
or is there just a PO Box Number?
- Do you have to pay a registration or administration fee to find out about
the scheme and is this refundable if you decide you don’t want to join?
- Is there someone who can answer further questions you may have?
- Is the company reluctant to give you further details?
- Will you have to recruit people or sell directly to the public or businesses?
- Is there an actual product involved or will you just be advertising the
scheme to others, for example putting notices in shop windows or newspapers?
- Do you have to buy any kits to make any product ? Genuine companies will
give you information about the company and product or service you will be
dealing with before you decide to work for them.They will supply goods to
you to assemble without making any charge.
If an advertisement sounds too good to be true, then it probably
Is there anything else I can do before applying to join a
- Talk to anyone else who may be working for the Company.
- Take advice from Consumer Direct or your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
- Talk to the National Group on Homeworking.Their helpline number is 0800
REMEMBER Check whether there are any registration fees to pay. Check what
you will be actually making or selling. Be clear about how much money you will
receive and when you might not be paid. Check what costs you will have to pay,
for example postage, buying kits to assemble. If the scheme seems too good to
be true then it probably is. Take advice from Consumer Direct or your local
Citizens Advice Bureau.