Future of Work From Home Industry

If there is one invention of recent times that has changed the way we live, it’s the Internet. Not only has it brought the world closer together, but it has also blurred the line between real and virtual in spheres like education and occupation.

What seemed implausible a few years ago has become the reality of modern times thanks to the phenomenal growth of the Internet and its widespread usage in our everyday life. One of the biggest gifts of the Internet to humanity has been home-based work options. Although home-based work has been around for a while, it was pretty much restricted to simple jobs like data entry and telemarketing.

But not anymore! Not only has the Internet made it possible for some previously exclusive office-jobs to go remote, but many employers are actually encouraging their employees to telecommute now. After all, it’s environmentally responsible (saves fuel used in commute) and makes perfect business sense (saves overhead costs).

Working from home also helps increase productivity by saving the time and energy required for traveling to work. Who’s going to be more productive – an employee that drives through massive traffic each day to reach work or one who has to probably just walk to his home office in the next room holding a cup of coffee? One doesn’t need rocket science to figure this one out.

Beware of Scams

However, before you plunge headlong into this very attractive arrangement, it’s important to distinguish between legitimate work from home jobs and scams we often see plastered all over the Internet and newspapers. Some of the things that should set the alarm bells ringing in your head include:

Work at home jobs that promise to make you rich quick
Work at home opportunities that advertise big money for “easy work”
Work from home jobs that ask you to make some kind of initial payment
Websites that promise work from home opportunities, but don’t provide proper contact information

If you just stop to think logically before letting yourself fall into their trap, you’ll see through the fraud. There is no way you can get rich quick by working from home for a few hours, at least not legally. Similarly, no self-respecting employer will ask you for money to hire you. Even if they do, just consider if you want to risk handing such people the responsibility of providing you a paycheck at the end of each month.

Legitimate Home Based Work

It’s good to be aware of scams that operate in the guise of work from home jobs, but that should not deter you from seekingthe opportunity to start your home office if required. Thankfully, there are several work at home occupations that are legitimate and respectable and require specific skill sets. A lot of jobs that allow telecommuting were traditionally performed from an office space, but technology has made it possible for such tasks to be completed from a remote location.

Medical transcription, which involves transcribing doctor dictations into ready to use patient records, administrative documents or correspondence material, is one of the most popular and reliable work at home opportunities. However, one typically requires formal medical transcription training for this job just as they would for any other honorable occupation.

Medical transcription training is available at career schools and colleges. Many such training programs are delivered fully online, which lays perfect ground for starting your home office as it will get you into the habit and discipline of working from home.

Other legitimate work at home options include professions like medical billing and coding, virtual assistance, web development, graphic design, content marketing, freelance writing to name just a few. In fact, one would go so far as to say that if most your work is done using a computer in office, then it can very well be done from home!

Compromising Quality in Our Home Industry

There are hundreds of qualified, builders out there who take pride in their work, delivering a quality product. But, just as in every competitive industry, there are rotten apples in every barrel. Those who cut corners, cover up mistakes, and basically are concerned more about the bottom line then customer satisfaction, or in some cases safety.

In fact, according to a recent study by JD Power & Associates, deficiencies rose 13% per 100 homes built between 2001 and 2005. The more new homes that were churned out, the more problems that surfaced, and quality workmanship was placed on a back burner in order of priority.

Owner complaints included poor building techniques that resulted in mold, and cost cutting by employing inexperienced college students as supervisors. Here are some of the top building issues that occurred in 2009 – some of which have resulted in millions of dollars in lawsuits.

Chinese Drywall:

For thousands of homeowners in Florida, Virginia and Louisiana, it first it began with an unpleasant smell in the house, unexplained appliance and electrical failures, blackening of pipes and bathroom mirrors, and the worst cases reported respiratory health problems and bloody noses.

Coincidentally, in 2006 and 2007 after enduring severe hurricane damage, the southern states were experiencing a housing boom. Once again, as a way of cutting costs, builders imported cheaper drywall from China, which was later to be found to contain hydrogen sulfide gas. This toxic chemical pollutes air quality and corrodes metal, including plumbing pipes and wiring. Currently, the drywall in thousands of affected homes is being replaced, probably with the more expensive American drywall they should have used in the first place.

Fix and Flip:

Flipping houses is a popular investment scenario where a house is purchased for a reasonable price, money is invested to make it more attractive, and then it is sold at a profit. The trouble is, many of these homes are below standard and require much more work than the owner is prepared to invest. As a result, a few cosmetic changes are made, spending as little as possible, and hiding the more expensive problems lying beneath the surface.

For example, a house that is decades old and requires new wiring, may get some new light fixtures to mask the real problem. The trouble is, many buyers fall for this ploy and end up regretting it down the road.

Upgraded Features on a Downgraded House:

In an effort to keep up with the competition, builders began including upgraded amenities as standard features. Home buying could be compared to visiting your local car dealership. Customers may have been getting the state-of-the-art wiring for internet and security, the sweeping staircase, the high ceilings, but what was being compromised in the basic structure to include these costly features? Buyers were more concerned with keeping up with their neighbors than keeping up with the costs of maintaining some of those not-so-energy-efficient perks, or in ensuring the quality of the home they were buying.

When looking at a home, don’t let the smoke and mirrors of the splashy amenities hide the true quality of the house you are purchasing. Do your due diligence and hire a reputable building inspector to help point out some of the issues you can’t see.