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Piece Work at Home

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Easy assembly work is often outsourced as piece work

Piece work (or piecework) has traditionally been another way to earn cash for home workers who, for whatever reason (such as disability or childcare problems), cannot work 9-5 in a factory or office.

The definition of piecework is that the worker gets paid per completed item (piece) or task, rather than on an hourly rate or salary.

woman working at home sewingThere is however a minimum wage for piecework in the UK.

You should earn at least the minimum wage by working at an average rate carrying out the assembly, packing or whatever the piece work involves - a fair rate. Beware of low rates which may mean you make less than the legal minimum wage.

Piece work was once popular in many industries, and provided many home based jobs particularly in garment making and light assembly but with increasing globalisation and competition from low-waged economies such as India, Bangladesh, China, and elsewhere in the far east, the amount of piecework in these traditional areas has decreased hugely.

Home production and assembly jobs are not as common as they used to be but there are still some legitimate home opportunities around in the UK and US.

woman doing piece work on sowing machine at homeWork in these areas is very popular with stay at home mums and is usually found by word-of-mouth or local advertising but if, you're looking for a vacancy for particular type of piece work, you could call or leave a CV with local employers or ask at your jobcentre about working for piece rate.

Before you commit to taking on piecework, you should find out the amount and regularity of the work and exactly what will be involved as well as whether you will be expected to hold stock or materials or store the finished item.

Also will items be collected or will you have to deliver or ship and who bears the cost for this?

Watch out for scams to avoid

Be very careful about responding to internet or email adverts for home piece workers as this area is full of scams. Many potential home workers have ended up losing money to web based phoney piece work jobs.

Unscrupulous advertisers will often offer non-genuine work at home jobs and ask for an up-front registration or sign-up fee.

The most common ones are envelope stuffing and addressing and assembly or craft work:

Envelope Stuffing and Addressing

The envelope stuffing scam dates back to the 1930's and probably earlier. The details of the scam vary but generally run along the lines of offering a piece work rate for each envelope stuffed and labelled.

The nature of what exactly is to be stuffed into the envelope is generally left unclear in the initial advert as is the reason why the 'employer' would pay someone a high unit price for doing something that a sixteen year old on minimum wage could accomplish at a much lower cost.

The reason for this coyness is that you will be required to advertise the same thing and will be waiting for people to respond to your ads to get paid. In other words you won't earn unless you get other people to sign up for the same deal.

Piece Rate Assembly Work at Home

Woman working at home assembly jobHome assembly jobs were traditionally carried out as piece work and still exist as a genuine work at home job to a limited extent.

The problem for most beginners in this area is telling the real piecework jobs from the 'assembling crafts at home' scams which abound in this area.

The answer to this is to research the company thoroughly - google it at least - a reputable company with piecework vacancies will have a real address and telephone number (beware of a PO box and mobile or cellphone), will be happy to fully discuss the work, rates (which will be realistic) and shouldn't mind you talking to existing workers.

Bear in mind that with the globalisation of commerce it's easy to outsource assembly work to low-waged economies abroad so the requirement for genuine piecework jobs in the UK, Europe and the US is very low.

Before you respond to an advertisement, email or offer, ask yourself what the advertiser has to gain by offering you this opportunity.

You may get sent stuff for home assembly work with a guaranteed price per item buyback but as often as not, your work will be judged 'not up to standard' when you send it back to get paid. Piece work and home assembly scams have worked this way for years - whatever you produce will never be quite good enough to pass 'quality control' so you'll never get paid for it.


craft work - cards and trimOur advice if you want to make money with crafts, is to make and sell them yourself.

Check out our crafts page and you'll find some real alternatives to piecework that can help you earn some extra cash. They are not 'get rich quick' schemes but they can help you earn a little extra from your hobby or pastime. If you base your idea for extra income on something you enjoy doing, then it makes life a lot pleasanter!

Make and sell Crafts - Great ideas for things that you can make and sell : cards, gifts, keepsakes, wedding, anniversary and birthday presents. If you enjoy working with your hands, it can be hugely satisfying to enjoying making something and get paid for it.

Beware of Scams!

Although it may not say so in the initial adverts, envelope stuffing and assembly / craft work 'opportunities' will often require you to send money to get started. This payment may be described as a registration or sign up fee, deposit to show you're serious, a payment to cover the cost of materials or whatever. The scammers will offer all sorts of guarantees to try and give you peace of mind about where your money's going. Typically, they'll offer guarantees that:

A. You'll make a load of cash and join the ranks of champagne-guzzling boat-owners like the ones on their website!


B. If the load of cash doesn't materialise for whatever reason, you'll get your money back.

In the real world neither is likely to happen but it doesn't stop hundreds of people every day sending money they can't afford to lose to people and companies they've never heard of. As long as people are desperate to make money by working at home, the rip-off's will continue.

Our advice is:

If it seems too good to be true then it generally is....we have yet to hear of a genuine high-earning piecework or home assembly job on the web. If you are seeking piece work from home in the UK, you are far more likely to find it by contacting local employers, asking around local businesses or contacting your job centre. It will probably pay minimum wage rather than high earnings but at least you shouldn't lose money on the deal.

If you are still determined to look for paid home work on line, make sure you research the 'opportunity' fully. Google the name of the company or offer and follow it with 'review', 'sucks', or 'scam' - you'll be surprised what this can bring up and it can save you a lot of money and time!

If you do send any money despite what you've read above - be prepared to write it off!

Finally - it's piece work or piecework - not peace work!


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