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Free Home Business Opportunities May Not Be So Free

Aug 17, 2007
Despite what the advertisements may promise, finding free work at home programs may come with a price. While companies advertise free work from home opportunities, what they define as free may not be the same definition as yours.

A majority of free work at home opportunities are simply franchise opportunities, where you put your name on their web page and promote it. In many ways, this makes sense. The company has spent much money and time developing their web site, along with the replication software so that you can have the same website with your name on it. They have also devoted time and money creating the service or product for sale on that site.

Like any typical franchise, a new entry in the field can take advantage of the name recognition, products and reputation of the existing company. This company is selling the exclusive use of its name and products, in hopes that more customers will be attracted.

A main problem with internet businesses of this sort is that if you are one of the 1,000 people with 1,000 websites that all look exactly alike it will be difficult getting people to visit your site so that you get credit for sale. This is where cost may enter the equation. You need to advertise your site. Sure, you can set up a free blog site and talk about nothing but the products on your site, using your unique URL to draw people in which may get a number of people reading your blog. If you therefore get some of them to visit the site then this would be considered free.

However if you ask any one who has achieved the slightest degree of success in business, internet or traditional, they will most assuredly tell you that advertising or marketing is required to get traffic (people) to your website or into your business. Without traffic, the only people who will be aware of your online business are you and your service provider, who is only interested in you paying your fees.

To boost your page's ranking, you may have to spend some quality time and money to make your site more attractive to internet search engines. In business, time is money, so your free work at home opportunity is getting more expensive as you go along.

In addition, many of the companies offering free websites, amazingly also can recommend a marketing company to help you get your site noticed. That will not be free, but the returns from increased sales may pay for the advertising. Of course, the company, whose free website you promote, is going to be an affiliate of the marketing company and will receive a percentage of your outlay for the advertising. While there may not be anything illegal or even unethical about these arrangements, you should be aware of what you are getting into before you spend the first dime.
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