Have you ever come across the carazy ‘Money at Home’ ads?
They pitch the unrealistic concept of how you can make hundreds, thousands even millions of dollars by basically doing nothing.
What I find so alarming is the amount people who buy in that garbage.
Making money at home with your own business is possible.But, let’s get real.
Earning a great income right from home takes a lot of hard work. Anything worth achieving does.
With having a successful, multi-million dollar
With that said, I thought I would share my Top 10 things to look for when searching for a way to make money at home.I’m sure you’ll notice that each point is listed as a “1″. That’s because I think each one is just as important as the next. Just sayin…
- Look for DISCLAIMERS and Read Carefully!
- The “Don’t-Be-Scammed” Scam!
Often websites will claim to show you the few legitimate ‘make money at
home’ programs out there.Either they are trying to sell you a book,
DVD, or a training program, which is likely to be of questionable value
if any at all, or they are trying to point you toward their own work at
home program. They will say they’ve reviewed dozens of ‘make money at
home’ opportunities and only found one that they recommend. Of course,
it will have a link to it, but if you evaluate the site carefully,
you’ll more than likely see that all signs point toward a
work at home scam.
- High Pressure Tactics: “The Next 17 People to Join…” Or “Free Today Only!” What’s the hurry? They are counting on you to make a quick decision to fork over your money. A measured look at their site will probably reveal suspicious information.
- Contact Information Scroll to the bottom of a site. Most legitimate companies have links to their real contact information and sometimes their address and phone number at the bottom. Many real companies also have a link to their FaceBook profile or FaceBook fanpage and/or Twitter account. In a ‘make money at home’ scam, often the only contact information is an email form or email address. There is no way of knowing who specifically who you are dealing with.
- As Seen On…Some sites will tout mentions in well-known publications, like the USA Today or The New York Times, but then do not provide links. You’ve got to wonder why they decline to offer proof. If no link is provided, then I would assume they are either lying or the coverage was unfavorable. Sometimes they will mention or use images of well-known companies like Coca-Cola or even famous people. Their hope is that by simply associating themselves with a trusted brand they will appear more trustworthy.
- “Christian” Business Opportunities Simply because a business says it is “Christian” is no reason to believe it is. Con artists are not above using religion to sell their snake oil. As with the “As Seen On…” scam, they are just trying to associate themselves with something trustworthy. Along these same lines are sites that pepper their web pages with Bible quotes.
Multilevel Marketing(MLM) The legitimacy of MLMs vary greatly. Reputable companies, like Avon and Mary Kay, use multilevel marketing to sell quality products. But most others use the MLM model to sell questionable products at ridiculously high prices (compared to market value). They focus mainly on pitching ‘making money’, fancy cars etc., more so than the actual product. In many other cases of MLM’s they focus so much on the selling of a large start-up pack to a new recruit which is where they would make most of their money. There is no real residual income as the members typically do not repurchase monthly and/or they quit because they did not make any money.
- Pyramid Schemes A pyramid scheme is basically a model where getting more people and their money into the scheme is the basis on which you are paid. Pyramid schemes typically have no product sales and operate under the guise of work-at-home business opportunities. Posting ads online and distributing flyers are examples.
- Better Business Bureau With the BBB, anyone can get an account. So just being a member does not mean it’s a good company. Always check the BBB for membership, how many years it’s been a member and then also check out it’s rating. BBB grades are not a guarantee of a business’ reliability or performance, and BBB recommends that consumers consider a business’ grade in addition to all other available information about the business.
- Average Income Statistics If you are researching a company that provides a business opportunity for it’s members, the most important question (in my humble opinion) is to ask if the company provides average income statistics.The average incomes of it’s members. The highs, the lows as well as the average time it takes for someone to achieve the different income levels. Any ethical company should provide those numbers. It’s a business after all and with starting any business, you need to know the numbers. If they don’t provide that information, that should be a red flag to pay attention to.
Have you been scammed or have an experience to share? I would love to hear your story. Please comment below.
Here’s to making money at home the right way.