Are work from home assembly jobs legitimate?

Last updated: July 16, 2024
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Working from home is a luxury that a lot of us have become accustomed to.

And with many companies returning to their offices, it’s perhaps unsurprising that work-from-home jobs are in high demand.

One particular job has piqued the interest of many:

Work-from-home assembly jobs.

Seems like a pretty sweet gig, right? You get to stay warm and safe at home, put together simple items, and maybe even binge a bit of Netflix while you’re at it.

But is there a catch?

It turns out there is. In this article, we’ll talk about what work-from-home assembly jobs are, how to avoid scams, and some alternative jobs you can do from home.

What are work-from-home assembly jobs?

The idea with work-from-home assembly jobs is this:

A company sends you a kit with all the necessary components to assemble a product, as well as the instructions and any necessary tools you’ll need to do the job, like this:

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You, the assembler, are required to assemble products as instructed and then send them back to the company.

The company will check the assembled product over, make sure it meets the required standards, and if all is good, send you payment.

It may sound like a great way to earn a bit of extra cash or even transition into part-time or full-time work completing product assembly jobs.

The problem is, most of these work-from-home opportunities are scams.

Are work-from-home assembly jobs legitimate?

Unfortunately, there are very few real work-from-home assembly job opportunities.

Thousands of home workers have signed up for product or craft assembly jobs like these and got stung, costing workers millions of dollars each year.

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Here’s what happens:

Before you even start, you’re required to pay for the starter kit, which contains the necessary tools and instructions to assemble what you need to put together.

That’s a bad sign to begin with, but it can appear to be a reasonable request, especially as it’s often sold as an initial investment in your very own assembly line startup.

Then, actually putting the piece together often takes way longer than described. Because you’re paid per unit, your hourly rate plummets.

But that’s not the worst part.

The real scam is that you never end up getting paid for your work. Every time you send an assembled product in for review, it gets rejected, no matter how perfect.

The company keeps doing that, time after time, until you realize the whole thing is a sham, give up, and begin your job search for available positions at legitimate companies.

Pretty disappointing for aspiring home assemblers, huh?

So, how can you avoid falling prey to this type of work and identify a red flag as soon as you see one?

How to spot a work-from-home assembly job scam

There are a few ways you can determine if a job is legit or one of the home scams we just discussed.

Here are signs that someone is trying to scam you:

  1. You have to purchase something upfront

  2. The company has a lot of negative reviews (Google search the company name + reviews or its name + scam, and try to find the company on social media)

  3. You’re asked to provide sensitive information (like social security number or credit card details)

  4. The company doesn’t have a concrete location (search the company name on Better Business Bureau to find out more info and check out its company rating)

If you see stuff like this on a company’s BBB profile, then you’ll want to avoid them:

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Legitimate work-from-home assembly jobs

There aren't really any legitimate work-at-home assembly jobs, at least not in the way you’re thinking.

However, if you’re dead set on assembling products at home and earning a living from it, there are a couple of similar options to consider.

In-home assembly jobs

This is not the same as being sent kits to assemble and then sending them back.

In-home assembly jobs involve assembling products for individual people, often in their homes.

For example, someone in your neighborhood has just bought a new bike or furniture and they need help putting it together. You’d be the person helping them out.

There are two ways to get into a job like this:

  1. Work for a company like TaskRabbit or Home Depot

  2. Offer your services as an individual contractor on community websites such as Craigslist

Set up shop as a small business

Alternatively, you can set yourself up as a small business owner and start creating items in your own home and selling them on sites like Etsy or Amazon.

It’s possible for this to become an assembly job, whereby you’re purchasing kits, assembling them, and then selling them as premade items.

Generally, though, a more profitable model is to make and sell crafts online, such as unique bookmarks like these:

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Alternative work-from-home jobs

If neither of the two work opportunities discussed above sound like you, don’t worry.

With 71% of U.S. employees currently embracing the WFH revolution, there are plenty of high-paying work-from-home jobs to consider.

This includes:

  • Data-entry

  • Virtual assistant

  • Bookkeeping

  • English teacher

  • Customer service representative

  • Social media marketer

  • Virtual assistant

  • Translator

  • Sales agent

  • Graphic designer

  • Computer support specialist

  • Writer/editor

  • Website tester

  • Travel agent

Watch out for work-from-home assembly job scams

Now that you know exactly what to look out for, you’re much less likely to be victimized by a work-from-home assembly job scam.

Of course, you may well find a legitimate opportunity to work for a real company assembling products at home, but these opportunities are few and far between.

If they do exist, you’ll find them on legitimate job boards like Jobcase.

Check out our job board for assembly job listings today.



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I once worked for a company in Emeryville, California called Holiday Magic that turned out to be a work-at-home scam. I was hired via an employment agency so I had no idea this company was illegitimate. Because they purchased some of the products that were sent to them, they gave the impression that they were indeed an honest company. After awhile it became clear that they were rejecting a lot more of the sample jewelry and stuffed bears that were sent to them. The criminals' names are Larry Nelson and Helen Caswell. But they didn't stop after that, they just changed the name of their company. She now resides in Oregon. They received so many complaints that they were featured on Dateline. When I left the company I was screamed at and bum rushed by them and Caswell sent me a crazy letter filled with capital letters. Yes, do your research first, some are run by criminal sociopaths.

Renaldo Mason
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I'm interested

Timothy Casterlow
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I hope this one is real

Joseph Sanchez
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Recruiter at Mts Training Academy

Thank you...I feel a bit more confident knowing what to look for in a pinch. I am sure there is lots more to learn and willing to learn. Thanks for making me a day brighter.

JudIth Arena
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Remote draft typist. Fast return time. Can pick up and return if necessary but p

Very very interesting article on home assembly scams but it sounds like something I'd like to do! Without very complicated technical parts to assemble, I see the list of alternatives Michael I have created the cutest earrings and everyone keeps telling me to try to sell them on this, that, or other websites like Etsy. I really don't know how to start. Maybe my creative mind has taken me into this atmosphere of opportunities that I can use my creative skills that I love. What do you think?