This Indeed ‘review’ could have gone a couple of ways.
For example, you might be looking for Indeed employee reviews.
However, I’ve decided to focus on just one thing.
That of exposing 5 Indeed work from home jobs scams.
Because I have actually applied for some of these jobs and I know what the outcome is.
And it’s not good.
Plus, I’ve seen the same types of work from home scams pop up on other job boards like Monster, TotalJobs, Reed, and others.
So, I think my insights may have some value.
Disclaimer – I’m NOT saying that Indeed the COMPANY is a scam.
As I just said, the work from home scams that I’m about to expose exist on other job boards too. It’s just been my personal experience that this is where I’ve seen them before. Hence the inclusion of ‘Indeed review’ in the title.
What is Indeed?
Indeed is a search engine for jobs.
All you need to do is type the job title and your location into the search bar and click ‘find jobs’ to view the relevant jobs near you.
You can then filter the results by distance, salary, type (part-time, full-time, contract, etc), company, and more.
Simply click on the title of the job to bring up the job description.
If you like the sound of the job, you can apply by clicking the ‘apply’ button.
Normally, a box will then pop up.
Where you can upload your CV, cover letter, and so on:
However, in other cases, you’ll be redirected to the ‘company site’ to apply.
And as you’ll soon see.
Many of the work from home scams will redirect through multiple portals.
Typically in an attempt to avoid being removed by Indeed for posting dodgy listings.
Who Owns Indeed?
Indeed was originally founded by Paul Forster and Rony Kahan in 2004.
Presently, Indeed is a subsidiary of Masumi Minegishi’s Recruit Holdings Co. Ltd.
Recruit Holdings Co. Ltd has its headquarters in Japan and generated sales that yielded more than 17 billion dollars in 2016 [source].
Is Indeed Free to Use?
Indeed is free to use for job seekers.
However, fees may apply if you’re looking to use Indeed to post a job listing.
You can view Indeed’s pricing plans here.
Is Indeed Legit or a Scam?
Indeed itself is a legitimate company and not a scam.
However, as I’ll now reveal.
I’ve personally witnessed job listings on Indeed that have turned out to either be complete scams or very misleading.
5 Work From Home Job Board Scams Exposed
Indeed state that they do not show ‘scams, spam, multi-level marketing (MLMs), franchise, or training opportunities’ on their site.
Well, over the years.
I’ve seen ALL of these advertised on Indeed.
Now, to be fair.
Many of the folks posting these jobs go to a lot of effort to slip past Indeed’s quality control mechanisms.
And it does look like Indeed have tightened up in recent times.
But I still see the following 5 work from home ‘scams’ popping up across various job boards online.
So it’s probably worth taking the time to familiarise yourself with them.
1: You Can’t Earn a Living With ‘Paid Surveys’
This is a prevalent issue on many job boards and classified ads sites.
Take a look at this ‘work from home’ opportunity I discovered the other day on Gumtree:
And whilst the ‘home based work’, ‘admin’, ‘typing’, and ‘data entry’ keywords may imply that you’re applying for a legit work from home job.
The truth is that they often lead you to online survey and rewards sites like 20 Cogs.
And whilst you can technically make money with such websites.
You’ll struggle to earn above £1.50 on average [source].
So, whilst these ads are technically not malicious scams.
I personally feel that they are pretty misleading.
2: MLM is a Flawed Business Model
Watch out for super-vague ‘business opportunities’ like this one that I found today on Reed:
I’ve highlighted some of the key-phrases and qualities that are huge red flags in my opinion
- High earning potential but ‘no experience is required’;
- Subtle pressure tactics such as ‘be one of the first 10 applicants’;
- Mention of a ‘flexible’ income and/or lifestyle;
- Related to the scam-riddled ‘health and wellbeing’ industry;
- Full training and support is provided;
- Emphasis on being ‘hungry’, ‘driven’, or ‘self-motivated to build a business’.
What’s the problem here?
Well, I’ve applied for loads of these types of jobs before.
And they ALL turned out to be ‘multi-level marketing’ (‘MLM’) opportunities.
Multi-level marketing is NOT a real job.
Because the only way you can make money is by selling products and recruiting others into the programme.
This video explains how MLMs work:
Basically, MLMs closely resemble illegal pyramid schemes in their structure.
Because whilst the presence of the ‘product’ often stops many MLMs from being closed down.
The truth is that the only way that you’re going to make good money is by recruiting others into the programme and taking a profit from their ‘downlines’.
I’ve reviewed some of the big MLMs before like Herbalife.
And the problem is prevalent in each case that I’ve seen:
Most of the ‘new recruits’ don’t make any money.
This is because the structure of an MLM disproportionately favours those at the top of the ‘pyramid’.
For example, when I
- 95.2% of sales leaders made LESS than the UK national minimum wage;
- 14.6% made NOTHING at all.
Image source: Herbalife 2017 Income Disclosure Statement
As such, I strongly advise that you stay away from MLMs.
And be wary of ‘job’ adverts like the one I described above.
3: ‘Posting Ads’ = Spamming On Social Media
I applied for one of these a few years ago on Indeed.
And initially, it all looked legit.
The job description stated that I’d be helping grow the company’s social media presence.
I even had to have a ‘telephone interview’.
‘What will I be doing exactly’ I asked.
I eventually figured out that I’d basically just be spamming Facebook groups with adverts for their eCommerce store.
And I’d only be paid when someone actually bought something after clicking through.
This type of CPA marketing doesn’t really work because no one is going to buy from you because you’re clearly a spammer.
And Facebook will eventually close your account.
I hung up and didn’t take the ‘job’.
4: You’re Not Going to Get Rich Trading Forex or Bitcoin
Well, you could.
But it’s almost certainly not going to happen by applying for a ‘crypto’, Forex or Bitcoin ‘job’ that looks like this:
I’ve highlighted the giveaways that this is probably a scam in red.
What you’re looking at here is likely either a classic Bitcoin gateway scam.
Or a broker ‘training’ course that will require you to attend a seminar.
Where you’ll be coerced into signing up to a high-ticket trading strategy, system, or software package (that doesn’t work).
Legitimate broker jobs will nearly always require you to have a degree and will be associated with a legitimate company.
I personally studied Forex trading intensely for a year.
And I came to the conclusion that the vast majority of recreational traders will lose money to the banks and institutions that know what they’re doing.
So, anyone that promises ‘easy money’ in the financial markets is probably a scammer.
5: Be Wary Of ‘Self-Learning’ Courses Masquerading as Jobs
I won’t mention the name of the company.
But I once spent a lot of money on a training course that promised to teach me how to become a web developer.
AND they said that I was GUARANTEED to get a job interview with a top firm at the end of it.
Well, after joining up, I quickly
And I was indeed assigned to a ‘group’ with a ‘tutor’.
The course content was seriously questionable.
In fact, upon being forced to do external research online because the quality of the training materials was so poor (in my opinion).
I realised that some of the modules were just copy-and-paste jobs from a range of free websites.
I actually bailed on the course halfway through and never completed it because it was so bad.
But I read some reviews from other students who did finish the training.
And they said that the ‘guaranteed interview’ promise was just them circulating your CV with said companies – which they could have done themselves.
The training provider in question used to aggressively spam the major job boards with their web development, programming, personal training, and beauty courses.
Thankfully, they seem to have been kicked off by the likes of Indeed.
But my point here is that you should be wary of any company that tries to market their self-learning courses as legitimate ‘work from home’ jobs.
3 Tips to Avoid Work From Home Job Board Scams
Hopefully, the above examples should help you steer clear of the most common work from home scams that often creep on to the job boards like Indeed.
However, there are many more out there.
So, here are some general tips to help you stay out of trouble.
1: Never ‘Pay to Play’
If you have to pay for the privilege of being able to market the same opportunity to someone else – don’t get involved.
Because this is how illegal pyramid schemes work.
Subtler versions of these scams may ask you to buy a ‘starter’ kit for your new ‘home business’.
Such as a sewing machine or an assembly kit.
Do NOT do this.
Because it’s just a way to con money out of you.
2: Don’t Apply If You Don’t Understand the Job Role
You should be able to read a job description and know right away what you’ll be doing.
Avoid anything that’s worded like the online survey and trading job descriptions I posted above.
Because I’ve seen this type of sales copy a million times whilst exposing get-rich-quick-scams.
And the lofty claims never live up to the end result.
3: Research the Company
Always do your due diligence.
Look for genuine user reviews and testimonials from other employees online.
Check out LinkedIn, Trustpilot, and Glassdoor.
But be sure to look at the bigger picture.
Because fake and biased reviews can pop up on these websites from disgruntled former employees and even competitor companies.
And if you can’t find anything on the company at all.
Then I’d personally view that as a huge red flag.
How to Find Legitimate Work From Home Jobs
Finding a legitimate work from job hasn’t been easy in my experience.
I’ve listed three starting points for you below.
However, you’ll still need to carefully research each individual opportunity to minimise the chance of getting stung.
1: Real Jobs With Remote Working
This is probably the safest option.
Certain companies will often allow you to apply for a ‘real’ job and then work remotely some of the time.
For example, I once applied for a copywriter’s position where they said I could work from home once I’d learned how to do my job in the office first.
But don’t automatically assume that just because a company actually has a physical office they are legit!
If something seems off when you go for the interview – just bail.
2: Consulting Work
If you already have expertise in a certain field.
Then you can often charge other companies for your services.
I was able to do this working from home a few years ago.
However, things turned ugly when the owner of the company asked me to work on areas of his business that I personally felt fell outside the contracts we signed.
As such, I recommend that you have a legal professional look over any contracts before you ink them.
And clearly understand what you’ll be doing from day one.
Especially if you’re working remotely.
Freelancing differs from consulting because you’ll typically be selling your services on an hourly basis with no plans to remain with that employer long term.
This makes freelancing an attractive option if you already have a specific skill set.
You can potentially pick up freelancing jobs on Indeed.
But you’ll probably have to head towards a specific platform like Freelancer.com to find regular work.
Plus, their ‘escrow’ payment systems can often help you avoid getting ripped off.
But competition is typically stiff.
So, you’ll probably have to work very hard in the beginning to establish a solid reputation.
But What if You Don’t Have Any Experience?
Well, this element is what the scammers typically try to exploit.
The way I got around the problem of not having enough experience was to simply start my own online business using my own skills.
I did this by setting up and monetising my own websites.
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