Saturday, March 28, 2009

Many work-from-home arrangements are scams, especially "mass mailing"; Teen makes video to help dad find job

Many work-from-home schemes don’t make sense by any reasonable business model, experts say.

Today (March 28) NBC Washington described a scam where the would-be entrepreneur orders software and mailing lists of doctors in order to start a work-from-home medical billing business.

There is no reason for manual stuffing of envelopes and mailing to clients any more, according to experts. Mail operations and promotions are too well automated, and have been so since the 1980s, when credit reporting companies like Chilton (where I worked) encouraged them with promotions. Furthermore, the mailing industry is now technology intensive, with companies like Pitney-Bowes (including Group1).

Political action groups do sometimes hire people to mail items. Mailing lists are sometimes sensitive property and often cannot be used by others without permission, anyway.

Other scams described this morning include assembly-from-home kits.


Maybe this is also afar from "information technology job" but I'll go ahead and post this story:

A teen, Ben Gullett in Florida has made a YouTube video to help his dad find a job. NBC Washington reported this story Saturday (today) and I believe some other networks did. The three-minute video is called "Mark by Ben" and follows here (embedded)

The associated resume (PDF) is here. The resume deals with marketing strategy for professional sporting events. My own first reaction was, major league baseball, maybe? I wonder if the Washington Nationals need some help.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ben, Mark is very lucky to have you on his side and in his heart. I will pray for success. By the way - you have a future in Marketing!!!