At the beginning of each year, a lot of people seem to think seriously about starting a home-based business. Some of them actually carry out their plans. After all, what better time than the new year to start that business you’ve always had in the back of your mind?
Unfortunately, scam artists know this and are out there waiting to capitalize on this annual “demand spike.” Before you invest in a home-based business, follow these tips to help you determine whether the business is a scam or not.
Look at the founder. You can tell a lot about a company by the founder. Some scam artists put up a scam, get in trouble and then go out and do it again — with a new scam and a new company! Do a name search on him or her and see what you come up with.
Look at the age. How long has the company been around? Just because a company is new, doesn’t necessarily make it a scam. But the longer a company has been around, the more information you will be able to find on it. That allows you to make a more informed decision.
Look for clarity. Often the home business opportunity is presented in a glittering oh-so-shiny light that hides the actual facts about the business. In “Home Based Business Opportunities – Looking for Clarity,” you can read more about ways to dig facts out of that glossed-over presentation.
Get an outside opinion. Try to find some outside opinion on the business and beware the review sites! Scrutinize so-called “independent” review sites before you believe their recommendations. You can learn more about how to spot the hat tricks that these sites employ in “Independent Review Sites – Are they Really Independent?“. Check trusted sources and don’t put too much emphasis on a single review, but try to spot common threads.
With a little due diligence, you can avoid becoming a victim of a home-based business scam and help get yourself into a real, sustainable home business.