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From the Email Bag -- Get Paid to Go Look at Things
By Christine Durst & Michael Haaren
April 5, 2012
Dear Rat Race Rebellion: I don’t like desk work. I like to be
outside meeting people and doing things. Are there any home-based jobs
or projects that pay you to be outside the house? – Janice in Los
Dear Janice: Lately we’ve seen several options. For example, at WeGoLook.com,
“Lookers” get paid to do just that – go look at
things. It might be a vacation cottage that someone out of state wants
to rent, or an expensive item for sale on eBay. According to the site,
Lookers get paid $25 and up per completed assignment.
Alternatively, the Hershey Company, along with other companies, has been recruiting part-time merchandisers
recently to visit stores and take care of inventory. For more on these
and comparable jobs, which typically pay an hourly rate in the $8-$10
range plus mileage, see Narms.com.
Similarly, a company called Coast to Coast Merchandising and
Installations periodically hires people to put up small signs at gas
stations. According to the company, these assignments pay $14 for a 15-20 minute visit. These jobs are also advertised at Narms.com, or you can apply at ccmiretailservices.com.
Finally, you might consider mystery shopping assignments. If you like
to go to the movies, for example, Market Force Information has been
hiring “theater checkers”
recently, paying the cost of the ticket plus a small fee. These jobs
might involve recording the trailers before a movie, or counting the
seats or the customers in the theater. Market Force hires other types
of shoppers, too. For more, see their site at Marketforce.com.
Dear Rat Race Rebellion: A lot of online jobs want me to enter my
Social Security Number when I apply, but I’m not comfortable
giving that out online. I worry about scams. Could I fax or mail my SSN
to prospective employers instead? – Margaret in Omaha, Neb.
Dear Margaret: Unfortunately, many companies don’t have an
alternate path for receiving SSNs. On the contrary, they increasingly
use software to sift through job applications and resumes, looking for
keywords and phrases, all of it fed by online forms.
“Snail-mailing” your application will probably be a waste
However, there are ways to reduce the chances that you’re dealing
with a work-at-home scam rather than a legitimate job. Red flags
include offers of high pay for little effort, claims that “no
experience is necessary,” vague job descriptions, and the biggest
flag of all – instructions to deposit a cashier’s check to
your account and wire funds.
Other indicators of a scam include prominent displays of the
“three Bs” – beaches, bikinis and Benjamins ($100
bills). Also beware offers that instruct you to receive and reship
merchandise. These are often fencing operations fueled by stolen credit
card accounts, and you may even be subject to criminal charges
Christine Durst and Michael Haaren are leaders in the work-at-home
movement and advocates of de-rat-raced living. Their latest book
is Work at Home Now,
a guide to finding home-based jobs. They offer additional guidance on
finding home-based work at www.RatRaceRebellion.com. To read features
by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators
Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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