The same characteristic that makes the internet revolutionary is also the same trait that makes it extremely hazardous. Having the freedom of an open forum on the internet is very liberating. 90% of people who participate is some kind of world wide web publishing do so ethically. Then there is the other 10% that manipulate and deceive internet users and damage the credibility of those whose practices are on the up and up. The home based business area is hardest hit by these types of internet predators. How can someone researching a home based business opportunity be sure what is a viable business and what is artificial? Unfortunately there is no rock solid litmus test to find the most credible online home based business model. Here are some tips to increase your chances of sniffing out a false or completely made up home based business.
1. Dont Believe Making Big Money Will Be Easy. Think of running a home based business along the same lines as running any other kind of business. Have your expectations for turning a profit in a realistic timeframe. Most of all realize there are certain hallmarks in every success home based entrepreneur. Ones you yourself control being hard work, dedication and skill. Also those you have less control of, good products and training people who have the same motivation you do.
2. Make Sure There is a Market for Your Service: For instance if you respond to an ad for envelope stuffing, ask to speak with the “employers” clients so you make sure the client is legitimate and not completely made up. Ask big business owners in your area if they have ever hired the equivalent to someone stuffing envelopes from home. By doing this you can find if certain opportunities are mainstream or on a more fundamental level if they are even needed. Most home based business scams will revolve around the person working from home doing things anyone can do. This is to make the everyday person feel like this could be a great opportunity to earn some extra cash. What they do not realize is that these companies are completely made up and without the proper research a lot of time and money could be wasted.
3. Do Your Own due Diligence and Research: As stated before there is all kinds of information on the net. There are many websites dedicated to curbing and eliminating home based business scams. Make sure also to visit your local library for books (yes some people still go to the library) on the subject matter has many reference books have also been dedicated to stopping this growing problem.
The fear of those who are legitimate home based business owners is to be grouped in the same breath as those who manipulate and scam potential home based entrepreneurs. They as a result try and do their part in creating a safe environment in the home based business arena. So remember be careful throughout your evaluation process, but remember there are good business models, programs, and systems out there, so go find one and good luck building and growing your very own home based business.