For anyone looking for work at home opportunities on the Internet, it can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Not to mention there are tons of scams out there. Workmarket.com is another freelancer site you may or may not have heard of. I came across this site recently and wondered, is Workmarket.com a scam? Is this yet one more company trying to extract money from your wallet instead of putting money into it?
cI found Workmarket.com through a Facebook referral. A friend of mine tagged me on the Lionbridge Facebook page* because she knows I’m looking at things like this. I took a look at the Facebook page and read that they were looking for people with a strong grasp of the English language and the description looked like something I could do, no problem. My general rule of thumb with things like this is to first check out the job description then head to the Terms and Conditions. When you are trying to earn real money online, you can’t be too careful. But before I get into all that, let’s first take a look at the company itself.
*Lionbridge is a client of Workmarket.com looking to find people for a variety of different tasks. When clicking on the link I was directed to the Workmarket site. (The link to the Lionbridge Facebook page no longer works so its been removed.)
Workmarket.com Company Information
A little background: Workmarket is based out of New York and was founded in 2010 by Jeffrey Leventhal and Jeffrey Wald. It’s a marketplace that manages consultants, freelancers and contractors. But these are not only work-from-home jobs. These jobs are also onsite contractor jobs. In two years, the company grew by 581%. In 2014, Workmarket was listed as one of America’s Most Promising companies. A pretty good start in terms of a review, right?
How does Workmarket.com work?
Workmarket works with very high-profile brand names such as Walmart and Fedex who sign up with Work Market and hire freelancers directly. As a freelancer, you create an account and complete your profile. Once you have your profile set up, you will need to take a test in order to qualify for certain work. Once you pass the test, you can then ask to be invited to a specific company’s pool of workers. You can also search for specific jobs in your field. So far, most of the jobs I have seen are in the IT field so if you have skills in that area, you should be able to find work here.
Because a lot of the jobs listed on Work Market are on-site jobs, freelancers have an option to organize drug screening tests and health insurance as well as verify your social security number. There’s also a Quickbooks link to help you with accounting. You can get a leg up by completing a drug screening test and verifying your social security number ahead of time. One less barrier to getting a gig.
This site is best suited for people in the U.S. As a resident of Ireland, I completed a profile but there were no jobs of any kind when I did a search. All the jobs that were listed were on-site jobs. There were no virtual jobs for admin work or data entry type work. If you sign up as a resident of the U.S. you can type in a zip code and get a list of jobs in that area within a designated mile radius.
How Do You Get Paid from Workmarket.com?
Payment is made through your PayPal account or your bank account. You are not paid by Work Market. You are paid by the company that hires you. Work Market is paid a fee for your services to the company. If you would like to start a freelancer business, consider joining Wealthy Affiliate. Your free account provides you with free training, free hosting and great support. Just click the link below to get started.
Is Workmarket.com a scam? Digging a Little Deeper
When you click on the link on the Lionbridge Facebook page, you are redirected to the Workmarket.com site. So it appears that Workmarket created the Facebook page to look for people on behalf of Lionbridge. This part confused me and lead me to investigate more. This is when I started reading through the Terms and Conditions and came to the “Managing Funds” section.
You hereby authorize Work Market to take action on your behalf in order to add or withdraw funds from the third-party accounts you provide. In order to withdraw funds you must provide a valid routing number and account number with a depository financial institution that participates in the Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) system.
After reading that, I thought, “wait a minute!” You want me to give authorization for you to put money into my account AND take money OUT of my account? Um. NO!
I did not read anywhere that there was a fee for this service and it was not included in the Terms and Conditions. I copy/pasted this information into the Lionbridge Facebook page that came from the Managing Funds section of the T&Cs:
As you can see, I indicated in my Facebook post that I had no problem with them putting money into my account but that I could not in good faith authorize them to take funds from my account.
Lionbridge provided information on behalf of Workmarket.com. The terminology can be a bit confusing. The Workmarket Terms and Conditions do not spell out who Workmarket is referring to in regard to Client/Employer or Freelancer.
Lionbridge were great about taking this comment on board, investigating the situation and responding quickly. Personally, I would feel a lot better about signing up with this company if the Terms and Conditions were clarified a bit more such as which terms and conditions applied to the freelancer and which terms and conditions applied to the hiring company. It would just make everything so much clearer–especially to the freelancer. For more information on Lionbridge see my review here.
Workmarket is a legitimate company but keep in mind that it’s best suited for people who don’t mind working as a on-site freelance contractor. There may be few, if any, opportunities for you to work from your home.
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