Assemble Products At Home: Authentic Work at Home Business?

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Assemble products at home without being ripped off. Assembly at home can be an authentic work from home business if you can avoid the scammers. I'll share my experience with assemble at home work and show you how.

Is Assembly At Home An Authentic Work At Home Business?

It certainly can be.

I describe assemble at home work as a business because any time you are performing services for a company you don't own and you are not their employee, you are acting as an independent contractor (IC). In this instance, the IRS characterizes what you are doing as running a business.

This is no big deal. All it means to you is that the company you assemble products at home for will not be withholding any income taxes from the amounts they pay you. You will need to set money aside out of each check to cover your tax bill the following spring. There will also be certain expenses you can claim as deductions against any income you earn as an IC.

I know this because I ran just such a business back in the 1990s. I had two companies I assembled products at home for: Designs by Di, a small clothing company and Barbara Cardwell's Honey Cup Bears, a collectible teddy bear company. Both companies were run by women, out of their homes.

Diane's company manufactured and sold the clothing she designed. I participated in the manufacturing of several of the garments.

Diane would cut the garments, partially assemble them, then bag them up and pass them on to me for finishing. If there was any decorative trim to add, she would add it to the finished garment after I returned it to her. We did not work on one article at a time, mind you. We worked on "lots" of 5, 10, or 15.

Barbara, like Diane, would cut and partially assemble her bears. Companies tend to keep the cutting in-house as they have a vast sums of money invested in the materials. For instance, the mohair Barbara's bears are made from costs upwards of $120 per yard.

I would sew the bears together, turn and partially stuff them, then return them to Barbara for finishing.

Both ladies paid me by the piece. I made $8-$10 an hour doing this, depending on the item.

What about those "Assemble Products At Home - Make $1,000 Per Week!" ads you see in newspapers and on the web?

I've never responded to one of these ads because it just doesn't make sense to me. Think about it, $1,000 divided by 40 comes to $25 an hour!

What company could possibly pay you that much to assemble their products?

They've got to price their products competitively or they won't sell. They also have to make a profit or they won't be in business long. How much would their product have to sell for in order for them to absorb such high labor costs?

There are lots of work at home assembly jobs and not all of them promise such ridiculous earnings. If you want to try one of these companies out, go ahead. But you might want to skip over any that make unrealistic claims about how much you can earn working for them.

Is it o.k. to pay a fee to assemble products at home?

I don't have a problem with a company requiring a deposit for materials. Look at it from their perspective:

Materials cost money. They don't know you. Not everyone is honest. If they were to send materials packages all over the country free of charge, a lot of them would just disappear. Some people would apply for work just to get the free kits to make the products and sell them themselves or give them away as Christmas gifts. Others would apply meaning to do the work, but just never get around to it. The company would end up going broke.

The deposit takes the risk out of the equation for the company and shifts it onto you.

You don't know them. You don't know what they will send you for your $25, or $40, or $75. If they send you the materials and instructions like they said they would, you don't know that you'll be able to assemble the product so that it meets their quality standards.

If it doesn't, they won't pay. Which brings me to another point:

If you decide to assemble products at home, chose the type of work carefully. For instance, just because you can sew well enough to please your family, doesn't mean you can sew well enough to make money at it. The finished item has to be saleable. Choose something you are really good at.

That so many of these companies exist, tells me that a lot of people want to assemble products at home. I have to admit, I really enjoyed the assembly at home work I did.

My Recommendation:

 Try to find a small, local company to subcontract for.

I found Barbara through an ad she had placed in the Pennysaver.

I got into line behind Diane at JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts. The line was long and I'm talkative. She asked me if I knew anybody who would be interested in sewing for her company. I said "Yeah, I would".

Talk to people. Run an inexpensive ad in a local paper letting small business people know that you're available. This is the safest way to build an authentic work at home business.

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