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Working from Home: Too Good to Be True?
It can be hard to break into your desired field, whether that's advertising, medicine, or technology. New graduates usually have to start at entry-level positions, where salaries are low. Meanwhile, the cost of rent can be 1 high, and if you live with your parents to save on rent, perhaps in the suburbs, then you might have a costly commute.
It may be tempting to take a position that promises high income for working at home. But don't be tempted. Many of these advertised "work-from-home" positions are outright scams. Of the 8,192 2 compliants filed with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2010 involving work-at-home business opportunities, the FTC estimates that only 1 in every 55 cases involved any real business.3
The scams come in many forms, but one thing they have in common is the promise of thousands of dollars per week, with no skills, experience, or degree required. That sounds too good to be true—precisely because it is. The other thing 4 it has in common is that they require a fee for the materials to get you started, everything from lists of phone numbers to registration with bogus agencies.
5 Victims often find the paperwork difficult to complete. The 6 certification fee is supposed to get you marketing materials, software, and a training session. But once the company has your money, the training sessions are postponed indefinitely, and the materials never arrive. You don't earn a cent.
7 Stuffing envelopes, assembling crafts, and entering data are all schemes that promise easy dollars for performing simple work. In each case, the company collects your setup fee and never provides any work. There is no service 8 department (with which to lodge complaints), and there are no refunds.
The lure of money is very powerful, but people entering the job market for the first time need to understand that earning a substantial income is something that comes from skill, education, and hard work. 9 They're are no shortcuts in life or in business, and anyone who thrills at the thought of getting something for nothing, or who loves the idea of working in pajamas, should learn that fast tracks to wealth are 10 a distortion.
Besides, you'll get more satisfaction out of performing real work that uses real skills than you would stuffing envelopes. 11 Starting in a career field, building your experience and skills will earn you bigger dividends in the future. That's a guarantee that no work-from-home scam can match.
3. Which sentence adds supporting information to this paragraph?
5. Which choice provides the most effective topic sentence for this paragraph?
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