Do you cringe when a company requires a background check? Do you worry that your less-than-stellar credit might cost you the job? Do you need a work-at-home job fast and don't want to wait? This article will briefly describe the background check process and also give you ten work at home jobs that don't do background checks.
Why Would a Company Require a Background Check?
The company is requiring a background check to protect itself, its clients, and its other employees. The company is trying to screen out anyone that they believe could pose a potential threat (cyber, financial, terrorist, physical harm or otherwise) to its current culture or environment. Background checks are also used to verify education, employment history, and references.
Background checks go by other names such as pre-employment screenings, background screenings, and background investigations. Also, different states will vary on how many years a potential employer can go back in a candidates' history for such things as arrests, convictions or misdemeanors.
Companies will also vary on what they look for in background checks. Some will also run a credit check if you will be handling credit cards. Driving records may also be screened, but usually isn't necessary with work from home jobs.
What is the Cost of a Background Check?
While some companies will pay for the background check, others will not. Background checks can cost as little as $25 but as much as $85. You can deduct the amount from your taxes if you are an independent contractor.
How Long Does It Take For a Company to Conduct a Background Check?
A background check can take up to two weeks, but may only take a few days. Usually employment is contingent upon passing the background check.
What Are Your Rights Regarding Your Background Check?
You do have the right to see your background check once it has been completed for a work-at-home company. You may request a copy of it via email.
10 Work at Home Jobs That Don't Do Background Checks
Note there are way more than just the ten listed below, and this list will likely be expanded on later. A brief description has been posted with each one with a review link included, if available.
Here they are:
#1 – Cambly – (see Cambly review) – This is a tutoring site paying $.17 a minute where you would be tutoring non-English speaking students. You will be using your own laptop and webcam to interact with the students. You may set your own hours and shifts are two-hour stretches. Pay is done via PayPal.
#2 – Kirkus – This is a book reviewing site where you would be writing book reviews for companies. Reviews are around 350 words and must be submitted within two weeks of acceptance. Payment is sent out via check every 60 days.
#3 – Leapforce – (see Leapforce review) is a search engine evaluation site, which tests websites and search engine rankings. You can make up to $13 an hour. Pay is once a month and distributed via direct deposit or check.
#4 – Mturk – (see Amazon Mechanical Turk review) – This is also known as Amazon Mechanical Turk is a site that you can sign up with and begin earning money right away. The site has numerous tasks that you can begin doing right away, and you will be allowed to do more and better HITS (Human Intelligence Tasks) as you gain more experience. There are a variety of tasks such as writing, surveys, transcription, and photo tagging. Payout is via direct deposit or Amazon gift cards.
#5 – Rev – This company hires remote transcribers to work from home, and they do not do a background check on potential workers. They pay weekly via Paypal.
#6 – Textbroker – (see Textbroker review) – This is a popular content mill for writers at all levels. Once accepted, you will be given a level from 2 to 5. The pay varies by level, and pay is weekly. They now accept proofreaders and have their own forum.
#7 – U-Haul – (see U-Haul work at home review) – This is a well-known moving company which hires at home dispatchers to accept calls from customers renting or thinking about renting the moving vans. The pay is from $14 to $15 if you include the bonuses. This is an employee job and not an independent contractor position.
#8 – Verafast – This is an outbound calling center requiring workers to work 15 hours a week. You would be calling newspaper customers as part of a customer retention program. The pay is roughly $.17 a minute. Not the best reputation, but you can get up and running quickly with them.
#9 – Voicelog – (see Voicelog review) – This is another long-time call center where you can either be a live operator or a third party verification agent. The pay will vary depending upon the position, but the pay is twice a month via direct deposit.
#10 – WriterAccess – (see WriterAccess review) – This is a content mill where writers can write whenever they want and are accepted at different levels. Pay will vary based on your level of acceptance, but it is one of the better paying content mills.
One thing you might notice is that *most* independent contractor opportunities are background check free, while the employee positions (phone jobs, etc.) are more likely to require background checks.
There are exceptions of course — for example, transcription jobs may require checks if you're transcribing sensitive info — but this is what you'll usually find.
Now, get out there and apply!
P.S. – For more legitimate work at home jobs, be sure to check out the work at home job leads board (updated several times per week), or consider getting a subscription to FlexJobs, a membership-based job site with guaranteed legitimate job postings.
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