Are you an experienced salesperson who is looking for a new job? If so, you may turn to Craigslist.org. Craigslist is a popular classified website and service. There are many jobs listed, including sales positions. Unfortunately, you will also find scams. How can you tell the difference between a legitimate sales position and a scam?
It is usually best to avoid national positions. This isn’t saying that you can’t work for a sales company that operates on national basis, but make sure there is a store or office located nearby. The best types of sales jobs are those where you work in a traditional office or store setting. You aren’t just a contract worker who doesn’t receive benefits, but you are an actual employee.
Do a small amount of research online. A standard internet search can save you a world of trouble. For example, you know that Mary Kay and Avon are legitimate sales companies and these positions are real. What about others? Can you really make money selling cell phones or health insurance? Yes you can, but there is always the risk of a scam. If you haven’t heard of the company name before, especially with work-at-home sales positions, perform a standard internet search online, check with the Better Business Bureau, or visit scam reporting websites.
Avoid advertisements where little to no information is posted. All legitimate job postings on Craigslist should be filled with information. Not only should you know how much you make, but you should also know what type of products you will sell and how you target customers. Will you cold call or go door-to-door? Making $1,000 a day sounds nice, but it is usually unreasonable. Plus, if you check many of these job listings, no specific information is provided. These are scammers who usually want you to pay a training fee or get your personal information. There may be no real job available; it is just one giant scam.
To avoid scams and for your financially safety, look for sale jobs where you get base pay and then earn additional commission. With these jobs, you are usually working out of a store or an office location. There are fewer scams involved with these types of jobs and you are guaranteed a paycheck, even if you don’t make a sale. Typically commission earning positions have a lower base pay. This means you may start out at minimum wage, but you have the potential to earn more money everyday that you work.
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