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How To Avoid Home Business Scams

Sep 21, 2007
When it comes to home business and work at home opportunities, scams are a true problem. Residual income opportunities are often a greater source for these scams, but not every residual income home business opportunity is a scam. In fact, there are many that are legitimate and can actually provide a nice passive income source. The way to weed out the scams is to know the signs of them. This is sometimes a tricky proposition.

The number one rule in working at home and avoiding scam opportunities, is to never pay for a job. Any opportunity that requires a person to pay just to work for them is a red flag for a scam. For every one of those opportunities, there are plenty of real opportunities that require no investment to get started. The only time paying anything for a job is okay is when the company gives the person something. If a person pays for sample products, for example, then that is fine. Many direct sales jobs require representatives to buy a start up kit to become more familiar with the products and to learn firsthand how they can benefit the potential customers.

The following list sorts out some other things to watch out for to help avoid home business scams. By considering them all, a person can avoid wasting time on something that will never help them build a successful home based business.

1) Good products or services. This may seem like a common sense requirement, but believe it or not, some people ignore this! The products and services should be real. They should be something people would buy and something that is in demand. Simple business acumen will tell you that if nobody will buy the products or service, then the chances of the business surviving are slim to none.

2) Support from others. Every business opportunity should offer support from at least the sponsor. That is the idea in most residual income opportunities. A team is built and the team works together to form a strong business. If there is no support then success could be hard to find. You should be given a way to contact your sponsor before even getting involved with the business to ask questions you may have. If there is no way to do this, move on to the next opportunity.

3) The company has staying power. The company should be built to last. They should have a good reputation. They should be solid. The easiest way to determine this is to find out how long the company has been in business. If they have been around for 10 years or more, they are probably a good contender for moving forward with. If there are any signs of weakness, then the business may not be a good choice.

4) Getting started is not too hard. If the company makes getting started difficult then that could lead to problems. A hard to start business could make a person give up or they could point to trouble down the road keeping the business going. If it is too hard to get started how will a person ever succeed? Most successful companies understand this requirement, and make their business very easy to enroll with to begin building your business.

Do not let your possible indecisiveness prevent you from moving forward with a decision to get started building your home based business. Procrastination will get you nowhere! To your success!
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Tom Childs holds an MBA from the University at Buffalo, and is involved with several highly successful internet businesses. Visit Tom's "Home Business Success Training Journal" Blog Site: Click Here For Tom's Blog
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