Ads like that, only with more particulars, and maybe graphics showing a woman with babe in arms, appear on the Internet with ever more frequency.
Mothers were warned to be wary – that if it sounds too good to be true, it is, by LDS Employment Service’s Brenda Smith, Saturday. She was among presenters at the second annual Women’s Expo held in the Davis Applied Technology College in Kaysville.
“One of 55 work positions listed on line is legitimate,” she said, having conducted her own laborious research – and that’s up from just a year earlier.
“Work From Home is not a legitimate job search title,” Smith said. “Beware of an unsolicited job search. What employer pays for no experience necessary?” Smith asked the group.
“Unrealistic promises,” such as earning $100,000 a year by working two hours a day, are unrealistic and not legitimate, she emphasized.
Smith’s presentation was not all gloom and doom, however,
For example, she gave the example of a woman who has perfected the art of baking the “perfect” brownie.
But while the baking part of the business may be covered, it may be necessary to find a friend or other partner who is an expert in accounting and the “business” side of things, Smith said.
As good as those winning ideas sound, probability they’ll still be baked for commercial consumption improve dramatically when professional expertise is put into the mix, she said.
“Of those who try their own business without any help, 85 percent are more likely to fail. You have to be willing to be humble and take feedback,” Smith said.
Expenses are often incurred when starting a home business, such as a day care center, she said. Micro-business loans are available for up to $25,000, and may help with paying for that $2,500 fence that needs to be installed to keep the kiddies in the yard, and safe.
She shared a variety of self-employment resources, including: Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund, www.umlf.com; and The Women’s Business Center, www.saltlakechamber.org.
Other resources include SCORE, retired employees help network; the Small Business Development Center at the Simmons Business Center at DATC, and more.
When applying for a work-at-home job, emphasize what value you can give to the company, rather than that it will help you be closer to your children, Smith said.
Such words and phrases should be used as: independent, motivated, work with little or no supervision, computer skills, fully equipped home-based office and problem solver.
Interviews for such businesses are often done over the phone, with a quiet location essential, void of crying children or a barking dog, Smith said.
Many legitimate firms offer the chance to work from home, such as Convergys and JetBlue. For those jobs, on-site training is usually required of up to five to six weeks, she said.
For more local information, call the Davis Chamber of Commerce, 593-2200 and/or email Smith at email@example.com.