Home Business Scams – Tips On Avoiding Home Business Scams
Maybe the reason you’re interested in setting up a home business is because you’ve seen an Ad that caught your eye. Perhaps you were approached by a friend or colleague about a great home business opportunity.
Whatever the reason for your interest it got those entrepreneurial juices started to flow. Your imagination starts to flow as well and dreams of quitting your 9 to 5 job fill your every thought.
First, you need to realize that there is a pretty high percentage of home business / work from home job offers out there are flat out scams. After all, if it was that easy to pay a few dollars and make thousands, wouldn’t everyone be doing it by now and why tell you about it?
Work Home Scams
Below I’ve listed and briefly discussed how to recognize and avoid a few of the biggest scams out there.
Location… Location… Location
Check out every offer and assume it’s a scam until you have iron-clad proof that it’s not. A few things to consider are: Where did you see that work from home offer? If you got it by traditional mail or by email or saw it on a poster taped around a telephone pole, then I can guarantee you right now that it’s not a legitimate offer. On the other hand, if you saw the Ad in a newspaper, in a jobs magazine or on a jobs website, then it’s a little more likely to be legitimate.
Envelope Stuffing Job From Home
How it works is that once you pay your money and sign up to work from home, you are sent a set of envelopes and Ads just like the one you responded to. The whole idea is to simply get names of people who are interested in home business opportunities and get a quick buck. You could make a little money if you mail to the right mailing list but don’t count it. Work from home offers like this are simply illegal pyramid schemes. You will not make money putting letters into envelopes – so get over it and move on!
How To Avoid Home Business Scams
The practice of charging for supplies is hard to pin down to any one scam – it’s common in most work-at-home scams work (including the envelope stuffing scam job mentioned above).
You’ll be asked to make a minimal “investment” for whatever materials will be needed to do the work and then you’ll receive a collection of very shoddy materials that are worth a fraction of what you paid for them. Last but not least you’ll soon realize that there was never a market for work anyway.
Don’t walk away – run… if anyone asks for money upfront. Any company worth it’s salt would be willing to deduct any “fees” from your first paycheck. Any company not willing to do that, is in all likely-hood simply out to scam you into giving them some upfront money and then you never hear from them again.
Working for Free
This variation on the scam is common with crafts. You might be asked to work from home making clothes, ornaments, jewelry or toys. Everything appears to be legitimate. You received materials without paying any money and you’re doing the work. Unfortunately for you, when you send the work back, the company will tell you that it didn’t meet their “quality standards”. They will refuse to pay you. They will then sell what you’ve provided and move on to the next sucker.
Never do craft type work from home unless you’re making and then selling the items yourself. Remember, you don’t need to restrict your sales to consumers only… you could also be selling to wholesalers. The bottom line is this, you need to be the one deciding what you make and then collect the money yourself.
Medical Billing, Typing Jobs From Home
For example, you might be told that you’ll be typing legal documents or entering medical bills into an electronic database. These scams have one thing in common – they all say that all you need is a computer and they go on to explain that all you need to do to make big bucks is to buy some “special software”.
The software is package so it appears to be from a completely unrelated company, but don’t be fooled – the whole purpose behind this so-called opportunity is to simply sell you the over-priced and worthless software. And of course, once you open and load the software on your computer you will never get your money back because that’s how all software guarantees work. Once you break the seal you own it.
Starting your own home based business is a dream that millions of people have and it is a legitimate and worthy endeavor. Unfortunately, the crooks out there know this and they play on these desires and so you need to be very cautious.
Remember, starting a home business that involves “working” for another company isn’t the best idea even if they offer a completely legitimate opportunity. The reason is because even if they do pay you for your work, you still won’t earn anywhere near the income you could if you were to start a home-based business where you created your own product or service. So why even bother with these outside companies at all?
There you have it folks and I hope that at least I have given enough info so you will steer well clear of those Scams.
Home Based Business Opportunities
As I said a couple of times you are much better having your own products or at least your own website so that you can sell or promote product or service. Of course this takes time and upfront money to get you up and running.
But did you know you can find programs that will give you a start and the initial training for nothing. There are a few that will even give you a free website and host it for you on the net.
Of course you still have to do the work, no such thing as a free lunch, right! But when you find a program like that then its well worth your while to at least take a look and see exactly what it is they’re offering.
One such program is Wealthy Affiliate and they do give you a free website. They will also give you free hosting and video lessons to get you started. So as I said its worth taking a look so you get the full picture just what it is the program can do for you.
Here is a link to another article that explains how to get started. There is also a video at the top right of this page you can watch. Then the decision is yours whether you would like your own online business you can run from home or stick to the 9 to 5 you have now, or the unemployment queue.
Hopefully you will choose to go and take a look, but at the very least take some kind of action or you will still be in the same situation tomorrow as you’re in today.
Whatever you do I wish you a very nice day.
You know what they say – Every journey starts with the first step. Take that first one today and start your journey to financial independence.