Work from home ads are, unsurprisingly, not all they're cracked up to be
Have you seen those adverts that offer you the opportunity to work from home? The idea of working from home suits a lot of people. They imagine a job where you can sit around in your underpants picking Hob Nob crumbs out of your rolls of fat, farting gleefully with no idiot boss breathing down your neck. Deadlines stretch out, off into the distance as you tootle through your work at a leisurely pace.
Of course, what no-one ever realises is that working from home is a crying based activity, coupled with severe jaundice (both in outlook and pallor).
So aside from the continual teetering over a nervous breakdown, a consumer watchdog has pointed out that these offers are not very good and rarely the real McCoy.
Few of the 13 newspaper and online ads investigated by Which? Money Quarterly appeared to offer proper job vacancies, the group said.
In fact, they end up costing you money as many of the ads require an upfront fee for more information or training.
One claim read: "Discover how one Midlands man banked over seven million finding unique information and making it available to particular groups of people"! Only an idiot would fall for a bold claim like that, surely?
Money Quarterly editor-in-chief James Daley said: "When times are tough it's tempting to look for ways to make extra money on the side, and working from home seems an easy way to make lots of money without needing any particular qualifications, skills or expertise. If a job offer sounds too good to be true, then it probably is."
Next week: Which? advise taking trousers off before having a shit.