5 Great Tips on Avoiding Work At Home Scams

signs of work at home scamsWe have all seen those ads promising us riches from the comfort of our home with little work or effort. While this can be tempting for many people in need of financial assistance you have to ask yourself if it was that easy for anyone to make money working at home then shouldn’t we all be doing it and why would they even need to bother with advertising if everyone was doing it.

To help you avoid being scammed by one of these schemes that promise a lot and deliver very little here are some tips for you to consider.

1. Make sure the company you are dealing with is reputable.
With the advent of the internet it doesn’t take much effort to just do a google search on the company you are dealing with and seeing if there are any negative reviews or testimonials from other people. Type in the name of the company and the word “review” or “scam” and relevant search results will appear. This only takes a few moments but can be critical in helping you avoid wasting your time and money on a scam.

2. Don’t get sucked into believing that it will be easy profits.
The reality of a home based business is that it is like any other business. It is going to require hard work, discipline and dedication on your part to make it succeed. Certainly if you are doing this as a part time business with a full time job you are going to really need to consider the time commitment required on your part.

3. Beware of unsolicited business opportunities.
If you receive a unsolicited call or email about a business opportunity you are best to either hang up or delete the email. The reality is that no business opportunity and for that matter no reputable business will approach you unsolicited with a business opportunity.

4. Make sure that you know what the business opportunity is.
There are many schemes out there disguised as home based business opportunities. They have only one purpose in mind and that is how to separate you from your hard earned money. They may involve you paying an upfront fee that offers you little more than learning materials and no business opportunity.

5. Ensure that there is a market for your business product or service.
There is no point venturing into a business opportunity only to find that there is no market for it. While certainly you have lower startup costs and expenses since it’s a home based business you want to ensure that your time is used effectively. Do your research and make sure that people are looking for what you are offering.

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  • It’s hard to believe that even after all the press about internet scams people are not more careful. It’s like there is no common sense when it comes to the internet. If someone approached on the street with the same information as you find online at some work from home sites you would split your sides laughing. But when you see it online it’s like there’s a little guy telling your better judgment “I know it sounds wrong, but this is the internet, it’s not the same as real life. Maybe we can get rich in 30 days…let’s try!” If people would apply a bit of common sense to their online business there might not be so many “scams” out there.

  • Don’t get sucked into believing that it will be easy profits.
    Yes. Indeed. Earning money is never easy. Especially through blogging or any other “make money online” schemes.

  • @ Karlo.PinoyBlogero: yup thats correct but trought experience, you will learn how to earn money, work at home and find other ways without being scammed..

  • Word up to Karlo. If you want to work from home, you might as well set up your own business.

  • Marvin

    Cifra – Is work at home job not a business? Ive been a virtual assistant for two years now and im enjoying it… not to mention the bigger earning that im getting from it.