Online Jobs: What Precautions Should You Take?
Internet has opened up vast employment opportunities for all. With little or no experience, no technical skills, or any special talent, you can cross all the geographical barriers, and work for a company located in the other corner of the world, sitting at your home.
You need no or little investment, and if you have it in you, there’ll be no shortage of work for you ever.
However, this world is made of all kinds of people, and some will try to take undue, unethical advantage of you, and make even not pay your dues. Well, this does happen, and online jobs have earned a bad name. But let me tell you, just because there are a few dead fish in the pond, you can’t blame all the fishes.
So, lets take a look at what precautions you should take when you work online:
Ø Do a thorough reading of the project/company: Don’t just place a bid, when you see one. Check out the details of the buyer. If it is a regular employment, ask the buyer for his address and phone number. It would be better if you ask for a weekly payment initially, to safe guard your interests.
Ø If it is a short term project, check the reviews of the buyer. Take a look at what others have to say about the buyer. However, don’t take a bad review at face value.
Ø Insist on escrow: Always insist on having an escrow created for your safety. If the project is very large, and the buyer is reluctant to create escrow for the entire amount, which is valid, ask for escrow in fraction, say 25% or 50%, and when you have completed that much work in terms of money, ask for escrow for the balance amount.
Ø Never give your email id to the buyer: In order to evade the job site’s fees, some buyers ask for your email id and try to contact you directly. Never entertain such buyers, because if they can evade the jobsite’s fees, they might not pay you as well.
Ø Know yourself: In order to get work, some job seekers over estimate themselves. They undertake work, even when they know that they are not capable of handling it, or they commit unrealistic time frames. While committing a time frame, always have a day or two as cushion. There may be unforeseen problems, or other delays due to factors beyond your control. So, always keep some buffer time while quoting.
Ø Have positive attitude: Maintain a positive attitude while accepting work. You may have to start on a low salary or payment. But take it as a stepping stone. Never give lame excuses. If you are unable to meet a deadline, or have some problem related to work, come out upfront. The buyers are humans too, and if you maintain a straight forward attitude, they will give you due consideration.
In addition to the above precautions, right frame of mind, integrity, honesty and willingness to work hard are all you need to be successful.