As a work at home mother, I can’t tell you how amazing it is to be able to make a full-time income all from home. It truly is a beautiful opportunity that only a few can stick to.
Many people like to work with their hands as opposed to being attached to a computer all day long. And, while I don’t blame you, it is important to know how to get those jobs, the risks, and the scams.
So, instead of giving you a list of scammy places claiming to be legitimate work at home assembly jobs, I am going to give you the low down based on my research and time spent working at home.
Are Home Assembly Job Kits Legit
Upon my research, I found various companies that allow you to assemble stuff at home and get paid for doing it.
You can assemble chains, jewelry, charms, pins, bookmarks, furniture, dollhouses, and many other things of your choosing.
However, in order to work from them, you must purchase a kit that usually costs between $50-$100. These kits include supplies and directions.
Once your kit comes in the mail, you put items together and then sell them back to the company.
Sounds like a great gig, right?!
Don’t get excited too quick….
Complaints of These Companies
Issues that workers of these types of companies continue to have is that they keep getting their sample craft rejected no matter how perfect it may be.
Workers have also had a hard time getting these items assembled within the allotted time. For example, they say it takes 5-minutes, but it really takes 30-minutes.
What is worse is that when you factor in how long it takes to assemble these items versus what the company pays, you are basically making $3-$4 per hour.
Many of these types of companies are in fact scams. There are tons of them on the Ripoff Report and with low scores on BBB.
If you want my honest opinion, I would stay away from them. But, if you wanted to try, make sure you check the companies standing on Ripoff Report and BBB.
How to Avoid a Work at Home Scam
As you look for work at home jobs, remember legitimate companies will pay you to work for them not vise versa. It is not really cost effective for companies to pay you for piecework.
Most of the companies you will see listed when you are looking for work at home assembly jobs will be made in factories overseas where pay is much much lower.
With that being said, here is how to avoid a work at home scam:
- Watch out for people asking for personal information. Do not provide things like your social security number or Driver’s license number to a company you don’t know.
- Steer Clear of Companies asking for money. No company would have you pay them to get a kit to do assembly work.
- Never wire money. When you do a wire transfer, there is no record, and your money is gone forever.
- Do not give bank information or credit card information. Seriously, why would they need that?
- Do your research. If a company seems shady, it usually is. Simply search the company with scam after it to see what Google has to say.
- Be leary of no contact information. Many online assembly scams have limited location information such as no street address.
- Check websites thoroughly. Legitimate websites should have contact information, address, phone number, and verified information.
Legitimate Companies that Hire Home Assemblers
Although there are many scams out there, you can find a few good companies that offer assembly gigs from time to time.
If you like putting things together with your hands, there are assembly jobs you can do such as assembling things like exercise equipment, bikes, grills, swing sets, electronics, and anything you can think of.
However, if you want a job like that, you will usually have to do a home assembly service. This means you will go to someone’s home to assemble what they bought.
You may also be asked to deliver the items you assemble as well depending on the company you choose.
If you want a legitimate assembly company, you will have to check out large retailers such as:
- IKEA: IKEA has partnered with a company called Taskrabbit in which customers can choose to get help assembling products they buy from IKEA.
- Taskrabbit: You can become a tasker for Taskrabbit for various retail companies. If you like doing tasks with your hands, this is a great way to get into it.
- Amazon: You can sell your professional services on Amazon where people can pay you to assemble products they buy.
- Go Configure: Go Configure builds the things people buy. So, if you are looking for a company with lots of assembly jobs, this is a great place to start.
If you are looking for work that you can pick and choose, you can find assembly gigs online at the following sites:
- Start earning money this week and sign up at Handy.com.
- Work independently, but not by yourself with Handyman. This is great for those with carpentry skills.
- Of course, you can always sell your services on Craigslist or look for people who are posting ads for help.
- Don’t forget to look for jobs on Indeed as well.
Sell Crafts Online
Instead of putting together another companies merchandise, you can make your own. There a ton of online shops you can use to sell your crafts or handy work.
If you are serious about working from home with your hands, here are a few ways you can get started selling your crafts:
- ICraft Gifts
If you want to teach others how to be creative and build things, you can sell classes on these sites:
You could also use some of these training sites to show others how to build intricate furniture, assemble various products, or teach them how to do something difficult.
Become a Youtube Crafting Star
The great thing about Youtube is you have the ability to become a star overnight. Teenagers are making a lucrative living just by posting videos.
As a youtuber, you will get paid through placing ads in your video. Basically, you would allow Google or other search engines to place ads in your videos.
You get paid based on the number of views you get to your youtube video or channel. The more people view your video, the higher your payout will be.
When it comes to being a Youtuber, how to videos are a huge hit.
Because most people learn better by doing and seeing than they do by reading.
So, as a how-to youtuber with crafting, creating, or teaching, you have the upper hand.
How to Get Started
In order to get started as a Youtube crafting star, follow these 11 steps:
- Choose your niche. Of course, it will be crafting, but what kind of crafting? Do you want to teach people to make jewelry or show them how to videos on putting up furniture?
- Assess your equipment. You will need a computer, editing software, camera, microphone, screen capture software, and lights.
- Come up with Video idea. Think of videos you could do such as “How to Make a Reindeer out of Tinfoil.”
- Set a schedule. The key to being a successful youtuber is consistency. Your subscribers want to see you on a regular.
- Create your channel. Choose your artwork, your channel icon, and banner art that will stand out compared to other youtubers.
- Post your first video. Once you have done all the back work, it is time to post your first how-to video.
- Promote and Get feedback. You have to build up your following and get subscribers to your channel before you can begin making money.
- Monetize your channel. Get Google Adsense, sponsorships, and affiliates to put in your videos. Once you do this, you can start making money.
Blog about Crafts
Much like using youtube, you can blog about different crafts and projects you do. How to posts work well with Pinterest and get a lot of traffic.
You can sit and do crafts with your kids all day; taking pictures of each step. Then, create a blog post on how you did your project.
The key is to get creative and come up with great content that no one else has thought of. So, if you know how to make a great Christmas ornament out of an egg box, blog about it!
With blogging, you get paid in the following ways:
- Sponsored posts: These are posts you write to promote other companies on your blog. An example would be Elmer’s Glue.
- Affiliate Advertising: You can become an affiliate of Amazon and get paid a royalty if someone buys a product through your link.
- Google Adsense: When you sign up for Google Adsense, Google will place ads on your blog posts. When people click on those ads, you get paid.
Other Work at Home Options
If you are a little disappointed by the lack of legitimate work at home assembly jobs, there are a plethora of other work at home jobs that do not require assembly.
So, if you want to go in another option, you can make a great living working in your PJs.
Here are some other work at home options to consider:
Work at Home as a Customer Service Agent
If you have a quiet area that is free of distractions such as kids yelling or dogs barking, you can work at home as a customer service agent.
- Make up to $14 per hour working for Arise.
- Start working for Amazon as a virtual call center agent. With the holidays fast approaching they are always in need of support staff.
- Be an independent contractor for Liveops in which you get paid per minute of talk time.
Work at Home as a Writer
Writing is a very lucrative way to make money working from home. Even if you don’t feel like you have great writing skills, there are plenty of entry-level platforms you can begin with.
Here are some of my favorite writing platforms:
- Get paid roughly $18 for every 1,000 words you write for Content Divas.
- From buying guides and product descriptions, Ezidia has a variety of different writing projects to choose from.
- Apply to work with Great Content and cash out once you have made $25.
- I got my feet wet in the world of writing using Textbroker.
- Get paid between $2-$10 per article post you write on iWriter.
Work at Home as a Transcriptionist
If you have great listening skills and can write in the speed of light, you may be able to work from home as a transcriptionist.
If you haven’t ever done transcription work, you can try your hands in it with these entry-level transcription companies:
- Rev is one of the highest paying transcription companies, but you will have to take a test before you are approved.
- You can get in as a transcriptionist for CastingWords just by filling out their form.
- With Crowdsurf, you will make video captions for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Have you ran across a legitimate work at home assembly job?
Share it in the comments so we can check it out!