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Work At Home Scams

Jan 20, 2008
Can you make money writing ads on blogs, creating a blog and selling advertising, or writing articles for a website? Yes. Can the average person run a drop ship store, Ebay auction site, or their own CMS and make money? Yes.

Unfortunately, most people run into scams before they find sites where they can safely learn how to operate a work at home business.

There are some easy ways to avoid the scams. The first is to talk with someone. The legit work at home program is usually built around a program you can start yourself. The program for sale, or the resources for sale, were collected to help new business owners reduce the time between business start up and earning a viable income. The easiest way to validate the information is to contact the person who organized the program.

If you cannot contact them, and receive a response within 2 days, then the program may be a drop ship, turnkey business opportunity, or another program with a very low success rate. The program may even be an outright scam. Pay your $50 and all you end up with is some ebooks that you could have purchased on eBay for $.50.

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If the program promises wealth without work or education, it is a scam. There is currently no program on the web that you can just set up a website and earn money. These programs are sometimes slipped into an email inbox 'accidentally.' The email will be a special offer to someone else with a sign up number. Only so many of these numbers are given out.
The victim of this scam feels that they stumbled on something great, so they sign up. What they don't know is that millions of people were sent that email.

Another way to avoid scams is to look for the 'squeeze page.' These pages are long and boring. They are an endless barrage of free offers, extra bonuses, and testimonials. Almost no legit sites use squeeze pages of this sort.


A legit program will have forums, newsletters, and free articles where the potential business owners can learn all there is to know about the program. In fact, the program will be offered on multiple sites, blogs, and talked about in forums. It will not be a secret. There will be amble 'ever green' and basic information on the web.


Is there a real market for your product? There is a demand for medial building, but not for work at home craft makers. Take the time to research the business and make sure that there is a market. This can take a little investigation.


"Make $100 an hour."
"I earn $100 an hour."

When researching, pay close attention to the advertisements. A blog post written by someone who is making a living in the business, then it may be legitimate. If people just publish information saying that you can make money, if you buy their product, but they do not indicate anywhere on the site that they are engaged in this business - then think twice about starting that work at home business.

Another way that scam artists build trust is by offering an advance on pay. This usually works out that you end up paying them far more than the advance, and in the end, the advance bounces leaving the victim jaded and far more suspicious of work at home opportunities.


Check the reviews. You can even Google the program name and add the word Review: Envelop stuffing & Review, Envelop stuffing & Scam. This type of search engine research will often reveal what are scams, and which are not. In the end, if you are in doubt, don't invest.
About the Author
Mark Walters is a third generation entrepreneur and author. He offers free training and investing videos designed to speed you towards financial independence at http://www.cashflowinstitute1.com/Articles.html
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