Work at home assembly jobs often receive bad press. This is largely due to the fact that many of these jobs are actually a ploy, put into play by unscrupulous individuals or companies who only want your money.
The good news is there are legitimate home assembly jobs out there. The key to finding these jobs is learning how to bypass the scams, which typically promise earnings of hundreds or even thousands of dollars each week. Thorough research will help to pinpoint the ones that are on the "up and up."
Perform an online search on each of the companies that interest you. Check the Better Business Bureau website and visit work from home forums. Ask members to share both their success stories and complaints. NEVER pay any type of start-up fee until you locate several positive reviews about the company in question.
The majority of work at home assembly jobs are craft or artesian related. They often require you to sew something, paint something or put something together. As of this writing, a quick Google search brought up opportunities for making dollhouse furniture, crosses, bows, small jewelry boxes, ornaments and magnets.
Some assemblers have successfully found work by visiting craft fairs and festivals. Vendors sometimes prefer to hire others to do the work that they themselves find tedious or time-consuming.
Depending on the company or individual you are doing the work for, you may have to purchase some type of kit or supplies prior to getting started. If you are local to the company, it never hurts to ask if you can pick up these materials yourself, eliminating the cost of shipping.
(If you're not local to the company, make sure you will be reimbursed for sending in the completed items, before making any financial commitments. The last thing you want is to be charged for something that you are not legally responsible for.)
At the same time you receive your supplies, you will also receive instructions on how to complete the project or projects you've chosen. These instructions will either be in print form or on a CD. You will typically receive one sample piece, as well.
Once you receive approval for your finished items you will be paid for them. Items that do not meet company standards are returned to you to make corrections. Payment is "by the piece" as opposed to hourly. As of early 2011, the typical per item payment is between one and two dollars.