When you’re researching a home-based business and/or trying to build one, there certainly is a lot to learn. There are a lot of subscription based websites offering information for home-based businesses and other business focuses. Some are good, some are not so good, and some are just plain lousy. So how do you tell before you plunk down your hard earned dollars on a subscription commitment to an information site?
- Free Sample Content – Does the site offer free samples of their content? I’m talking about real content, not just ‘teaser’ sales-letter pages. A good content provider will have no problem providing valuable, sample content to demonstrate their value.
- How much commitment – What level of commitment do they require? Can you pay for one month or maybe just one week? If you can’t make your decision based on the free sample content (or maybe there is not enough free sample content), then you will want a short term ‘test commitment’. This will be a way to determine how valuable their content is before making a long term commitment. Be wary of subscription based websites requiring longer term commitment right up front.
- How often is the content updated? This is probably something you can’t determine unless you sign on as a member. But if you do sign on with a short term commitment, you can look to see how often content has been added over the past year or so. Are they only adding one new content article per month for example? A site that doesn’t update their content very often is not very valuable as a paid subscription service.
- Getting Out – Sooner or later, you’ll want to cancel your subscription. Are there clear instructions on how you cancel? Do they post their phone number and address, as well as email address contact information?
- Money Back Guarantee – Does the site offer a satisfaction guarantee? Good content providers who have confidence in their quality will have no problem offered a money back guarantee. The absence of a money back guarantee on the other hand, also says a lot.
There are plenty of poor quality information sites on the internet. Just like making any commitment, it pays to do your homework first to avoid getting ripped off by ‘information sharks’.