Work from home ads are, unsurprisingly, not all they're cracked up to be

21 May 2010

A man, working from home

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.

Well, duuuhh.

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.

[ITN]

TOPICS:   Economy

18 comments

  • David
    I would like to see comments here about foxes and badgers being bummed, because reading the above is just a waste of time.
  • Wonky H.
    Working from home gives you more time to do the aforementioned bumming of these creatures. But we don't talk about that anymore.
  • Mike
    I wonder if one of the 'Work From Home' jobs include bumming badgers and foxes in the comfort of your own home?!?! :)
  • Wonky H.
    No one will pay you to do it. Too many people just giving it away for free.
  • F. F.
    I work for the RSPCA. It's a great job for meeting said local wildlife that we're not allowed to talk about...
  • Hershel R.
    Possibly, but I doubt it would be well... Unless you included a webcam show or something.
  • Rich
    jesus christ
  • Mr G.
    “Discover how one Midlands man banked over seven million finding unique information and making it available to particular groups of people”. It's called internet piracy, isn't?
  • Mr G.
    it?
  • David
    Rich, if you want to talk about Jesus you are on the wrong forum. Bitterwallet is all about relations with UK wildlife.
  • Wonky H.
    By relations you mean bumming. No?
  • Mike
    (FOX + BADGER) X BUMMING = BITTER WALLET
  • DragonChris
    So did the one guy who banked 7mil get caught and arrested or is he still at it legally? If so, I want a slice.
  • zeddy
    I work from home sitting around in my underpants picking Hob Nob crumbs out of my rolls of fat, farting gleefully with no idiot boss breathing down my neck. Deadlines stretch out, off into the distance as I tootle through my work at a leisurely pace. The pay is shit though and my boss is a fucking fox who bums badgers. He likes to be known as the Fantastic Mr Fox.
  • wonky h.
    Wish my boss was a fox, but instead he's 102 year old man. I think his PA bums foxes.
  • Superior B.
    I heard Santa gives his reindeer a good bumming when they've been naughty.
  • That t.
    Thanks BW, and Which? for that matter, I was just about to call one of the numbers you see on traffic lights. There's me thinking how I could make £5000 a day just by getting other people to be as stupid as me!
  • At J.
    Your site is very informative ! The information you provide has helped me tremendously. Thanks for the share. Best Regards.

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