Are Home Based Business Scams?

The internet is flooded with information about making money on online and everyone wants a piece of the pie, and why not? It’s a free enterprise right? Everyone deserves financial prosperity and abundance. It is after all “your birth-right”

To answer this title question, I will be very bold in saying that [YES] there are internet scams out there that folks should be aware of [as] there are scams online, [equally] there are well intentioned home base businesses on the internet that are operating successfully and many are benefiting from them. This piece of information is necessary to acknowledge in order to balancing out the two positive and negative.. This article will help you to recognize the far-fetched home based businesses and also guide you to the real opportunities.

Here are some of the folks that are a huge target for home base business Scams:

o Professional Moms who are considering the alternative of migrating home from the work force, to raise their children and the idea of making money at home sounds wonderful, “allowing her to do both.”

o Stay at home moms who is already at home, depending on a one income family to survive, thinks she can help add to that income and make some money online. Why not? She can expand in her field [as] mom and earn $$, become a professional mom from the comfort of her own home.

o Retired folks are still young-at-heart, retirement doesn’t mean [dead]. One might want to explore the internet and make some investments expecting a substantial return. Big thinkers do this. This is a totally awesome idea. Or someone who wants to add to their retirement income.

o Students that are above age or under age can’t go out and find part-time jobs but are feeling the squeeze of needing money. Many are online seeking ways of making money without investing anything, obviously for many reasons.

o Regular Folks with jobs who wants to add to their income or find ways online to replace their income. If you’ve never done any kind of network marketing businesses or home based business, then you can become a target for scams. People with no experience on the net are targeted for scams with all the hype up businesses out here on the net.

All the hype up websites that promises prosperity overnight, do little earn a lot, total automated business, no need to do anything, all you need is a computer and internet, no skills required, hidden fees e.g.

So how does one steer away from such scams and find an opportunity that is real, legitimate and sound? I don’t have a technical hyped up answer to give you. In fact you may be surprised at my answer. It is simple.

You research and gather information about a specific company, their products and services through the net, just as you would any thing else. If you were going out to find a job you would do your homework on the company you’re interested in. You would find out what the job requirements are, your duties and responsibilities, the hours that the company need you to be available for, how much the job pays, how far is it from your home, calculating your travel time and such. You would do your research in detail to acquire all the information about your involvement and what the company is willing to pay for your worth.

Why then do people assume that working with a company online would be any different? I wouldn’t answer that because it’s an individual question. Here is the key to finding an opportunity online that will be a match for you. Your research for a business opportunity should include a number of things.

Your first priority should be to find a business opportunity that matches your interest. I can’t stress on this enough. It doesn’t matter how much you can make selling a product you have no interest in or even the slightest interest in learning about, don’t do it. Begin your research by finding out what you would enjoy doing. Once you’ve figured that out, Google the subject of your interest to initialize your research. Visit the website that shared your interest and ideas. Invest in yourself by READING. People are so good at scanning on the internet no one stops to read what they are really saying YES to or what they are saying NO to.

This is the most important aspect of a business research. Taking the time to read the information on the site will educate you on a company’s products and services. After you’ve found a website that completely make sense to you, feel free to leave your information by opting into the website with your name and email address. You will begin to receive emails from the company about the business opportunity. The emails usually have three important features enclosed. The information contained about the opportunity, the person’s contact information and an OPT out link in case you’ve changed your mind about receiving the information. You can always click the link to stop receiving information from this person.

To continue your research, assuming you’ve decided to learn more about this company. Make a list of all the questions that you have, if the emails and website information doesn’t answer all of your questions. Contact the person by phone or email to introduce yourself and ask your questions.

You can repeat this process until you’ve found an opportunity that matches your interest and the income goal that you desire. If you are not the only decision maker when researching an opportunity, make sure that when you contact the website owner that both you and your partner are there to hear the information. It is not enough of an excuse or business-like to tell the person who is investing in educating you about an opportunity that you have to talk to someone else before you make a decision. If you are not satisfied with the information that you received, thank the person for their time and let them know that it doesn’t sound like this opportunity is a match for you. They will appreciate that.

Remember to use the SAME research concept that you would, finding a job, when seeking an opportunity online.

Note: when you are starting any brand new field of work you will need to make adjustments, learn new skills, adapt to a new work environment, it is all the same when you make a decision to work online. The only exception that you would have to really master is, the notion that a JOB pays you for showing up everyday and a business pays you for your efforts. This is a subject for another article. Stay tuned.

Quote: “Businesses don’t fail, people do” By failing to plan, you are planning to fail.

Here are some of the work-at-home ads you need to watch out for that has a high scam rate on the internet. These types of companies will request that you paid a fee before you can get started with them but after they’ve received the payment, they don’t usually provide you with anything but information.

Stuffing Envelopes
Seriously, you don’t think that a company will send you huge boxes of paper work and empty envelopes for you to stuff for them, when they can out source their entire business in places like China & India for cheap labour. It’s happening right now with very big companies. Wonder why huge companies are downsizing, it isn’t because they don’t have enough work for people to do.

Assembling products
This sounds more like manual labourer or a work at home idea. The people that tried this avenue of work at home has reported how exhausting and frustrating it is assembling beaded jewellery without specific instructions, and companies are refusing their work that was sent back because it wasn’t done properly. There is not longevity or stability in this line of work and the investment to get started can be considered a lesson to be learned never to attempt this in the future.

Paid Surveys
There are a lot of companies that will ask you for a fee before they provided you with surveys. You should not EVER have to pay for this type of work. What these companies or individuals do is take your money and they offer you a directory of survey companies. You don’t need to pay for a directory of anything online, simply Google your search for “paid survey directories” and you will have the same list.

Quote: “Businesses don’t fail, people do” By failing to plan, you are planning to fail.

Don’t take for granted anything online. Treat find a business online as anything else important in your life.