Telecommuting Computer Programs?
One of the things which many
telecommuters are unsure of is whether or not they need to pay for expensive
computer programs when they start working for a company. And oftentimes,
buying a program can be a sign of a scam, so it pays to be smart about
What are the common programs
that a company will require you to have on your computer?
- HTML email client (such
as Outlook or Outlook Express; or a web-based email program).
- PDF Reader
- Microsoft Word (or equivelant)
- Internet Explorer, possibly
with certain scripts or programs installed (ie. with Flash enabled;
If your company requires you
to purchase special programs, be wary. However, if you are working as
a web designer, a company that hires telecommuter web designers may require
you use a specific web design program, such as Macromedia Dreamweaver.
Likewise, if you are hired
at an accounting based telecommuting position, they may require you have
a specific accounting program, such as Quickbooks.
If you are in doubt, do a search
for the specific computer program name, and see if it is legitimate. If
it is only used by the hiring company, and you are expected to pay for
it, that is a major red flag that it is a scam.