Packing jobs working from home might seem like a great option for a student, a stay at home mum, or anyone else who is looking to earn a little extra money in their free time. However, there are some important points to consider before applying for home based packing jobs...
What are packing jobs working from home?
In theory, packing jobs from home involve receiving unsorted items (like letters and catalogues), and stuffing them into envelopes or boxes. It can also involve addressing the packages and, in some cases, bringing them to a Post Office.
However, in reality, many of the vacancies you'll see advertised for packing jobs from home turn out to be scams.
What do packing jobs from home scams involve?
These scams take advantage of the fact that, at one time, packing jobs from home used to be a popular method for housewives to supplement the family income. Many people have fond memories of their mothers or grandmothers performing this role.
However, as technology has grown more and more advanced, there is no longer any requirement for people to package items. Machinery can do it much more efficiently and for a much smaller cost. It doesn't make sense to deliver (often bulky) goods to someone's house, pay them to package them, and then collect them when this can all be done in-house for a fraction of the price.
Fraudsters ask for sign up fees or training payments and the goods to package rarely materialise. So if you're interested in genuine opportunities, be cautious and trust your instincts. Never pay a fee upfront.