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How Should You Review a Work at Home Business Opportunity?

Aug 18, 2007
One of the big challenges about starting a home business is getting past all the scams. There are many wonderful opportunities out there, but finding them is not easy. And there are so many opportunities that sound wonderful, yet turn out to be scams.

What can you do?

You need to learn how to review home business opportunities for yourself. While you can rely somewhat on what people say about them online, many will have a financial interest in making the opportunity sound good. This is not helpful if they're promoting a scam.

There are some sites that can help. You can check with the BBB, but that is not always a reliable indicator. The Ripoff Report website is a good resource too.

The challenge is that if an opportunity is new, there won't be any obvious negative information to be found. How do you cope then?

The first thing to do is to look at what you are being told up front about the opportunity. What does it cost you? What will you be doing? How will you earn money?

All of these should be realistic. You should not be earning primarily from recruiting, for example. Similarly, if earnings claims are made, ask for the backup documentation. If earnings claims are made and the opportunity costs more than $500, the FTC requires the earnings claim to be backed up in writing. Even if the opportunity costs less than $500 it's a good idea to ask how they arrived at that number.

Ask to talk to other people who have joined the opportunity. You will have to watch out for shills, but a person who is really working a new opportunity should be able to tell you the good and the bad about it. Try to get contact information for several people, not just one or two. If you can get in contact with people you can meet in person, so much the better.

Google and other search engines are also good resources. Type in the business name with the word scam, and see what you come up with. You will probably want to use quotation marks around the name of the business, but have the word scam outside the quotes. Try it both ways if you're having trouble getting results.

Make sure you take your time deciding if you want to join an opportunity. If the opportunity is good, there's no need to rush. If you're being pressured for a fast decision, it may not be the best idea to join the opportunity. Legitimate ones won't have to worry that you'll find negative information, after all.

You should always do your research when it comes to a home business opportunity. You'll protect yourself and save yourself a lot of frustration. There are great opportunities out there.
About the Author
Stephanie Foster blogs about stay at home business opportunities . She shares more information about home business scams at http://www.homewiththekids.com/scams/ .
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