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How to Find Companies that Pay to Assemble Products

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Written by Kristina Choi   

Companies that pay to assemble products… can this ever be reality?  Well, even though there are quite a few work at home assembly scams, you can still find companies that pay to assemble products.  You’ll just have to do a little bit of investigative work, whether it’s asking around on forums or researching the Better Business Bureau.  In some cases you may also have to think outside of the box and be willing to get assembly money indirectly.  Look to the steps below for a better understanding.

Step 1:   Stick with companies that have the most buzz.   Finding companies that pay to assemble products is one thing.  Actually getting paid is another.  So, if you want to ensure you’re not going to get scammed, try to stick with companies that already have good reputations.  New England Crafters  and Elk Creek Case Company are a couple of examples, as both have a lot of buzz and excellent ratings with the Better Business Bureau.  And through them you would assemble CD cases, crafts, jewelry and other fun projects.

Step 2: Conduct research on WebYellowPages.com.   This site has an extensive list of companies that pay to assemble products.   However, most of these companies are not as well known in the at-home assembly community.   So, to ensure they’re legit, you’re going to want to conduct further research with the Better Business Bureau, (which I’ll explain more about in Step 3).

Step 3: Visit BBB.org.  Using the list featured in Step 2, copy and paste a company of interest.  For example, I liked the listing advertising Electronic Laboratories since it said you could assemble circuit boards at home.  So, I highlighted it, right-clicked and selected ‘Copy.’  From there, I visited BBB’s “USA Site” and then selected “Check out a Business or a Charity.”  After that I pasted the entry into the BBB’s search function.  And, to my dismay, I found the organization gave this assembly company an ‘F.’   If this happens to you, keep moving through the list until you find something suiting.

Step 4: Sell your crafts on Etsy.com.   If you’re having trouble finding companies that pay to assemble products, you could still make money crafting.   But it will be more indirect, since you would be selling your crafts through networks like Etsy.com.

Step 5: Write a book for YouCanMakeThis.com.   Again, this is another indirect method of at-home crafting.  Technically, in order to write for this site, you need to have advanced assembly knowledge, along with pictures of actual products, (to make your book more understandable).  So, you’ll still be assembling… you’ll just have to write too.

Tip:  Should you always ignore an at-home assembly job that has a bad rating with the Better Business Bureau?  It depends.  There are legitimate companies that often get an unfair rating.  Disciple’s Cross is an example.  They have a ton of positive buzz from many crafters, yet the BBB gave them a F.   So, it all boils down to your own preferences.  If you want absolutely no risk, stick with at-home assembly companies that have an A or a B rating.  If you don’t mind a little risk, take into account the nature of the complaint(s) as well as whether or not they were resolved.   Also consider the amount of time the company has been in business.

Tip:  In the crafting industry, most companies that pay to assemble products will charge some sort of an upfront fee for materials.   This is the case even for companies that have a lot of positive reviews.

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