Is It A Scam?

Published: 16th August 2005
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Is It A Scam?

By Alyice Edrich

May 26, 2005

Televisions commercials, magazine advertisements, and Internet

websites all indicate working from home is easy. "If I can do it, so

can you!" says the paid actor or copywriter.

You've heard or read their gimmicks a thousand times. Heck, you could

probably recite their messages verbatim. Most messages go something

like this: The benefits of working from home are endless. They range

from being readily available for your children to working in your

pajamas to being able to take time off whenever you'd like to no more

long commutes. If you're tired of that "just over broke" paycheck,

give us a call and all your dreams will come true!

With so much hype, it's hard to know who is telling the truth and who

is simply out to get your hard earned buck. So where do you turn for

advice and who do you trust?

If it sounds too good to be true, it is! If it says "no experience

necessary," don't believe it. You will either have to learn

something, such as medical terminology for a transcriber position, or

you will have to learn about the company rules and procedures, in

addition to federal and state laws. If a company won't tell you

about their business until you attend a meeting, walk away. If the

company is persistent and pushy, get leery. If you feel uneasy about

anything, hold true to your gut feeling and look for something else.

And never, ever pay someone to hire you to work out of your home. If

they want to use your services, they should be paying you, not the

other way around.

Oh, and the clincher of all clinchers, if they promise you that there

is no work involved, that they will take care of everything, or that

your downline will be provided for you, run as fast as you can in the

opposite direction. Nothing in life is free. Everything takes

work. And that includes having a business on the Internet.


Be sure to check out handy SCAM Checklist before venturing out on

your own:

1. Check the company you are interested in with the Better

Business Bureau

2. Check the company you are interested in with the Local

Chamber of Commerce

3. Check with SCAM organizations to see if there is any record

of previous problems, and find out what those problems are.

4. Don't pay to become an employee or contractor.

5. Say "No" to chain letters, envelope stuffing, sending bulk

emails, assembly projects at home, 900 numbers, and get-rich-quick

schemes that promise you tons of money.

6. Never send money to people who contact you out of the blue

for some service, plea for help, or business opportunity.

7. If you are looking into a business opportunity, research the

company before sending any money. Check out their mentor program,

training programs, products and services, company history, payment

methods, what the average consultant in the company earns, etc.

Although it sounds great for a company to say that you can earn

$50,000 a year, only 20% of the company's consultants are top

earners. It's the 80% that you want to get to know. What are they


* This has been an excerpt from Work At Home or Stay At Home, You Can

Do Both! Available for only $4.99 at

Alyice Edrich is the author of several work-from-home e-books,

including Tid-Bits For New Signing Agents—where parents earn $25 an

hour without party plans and MLM programs. She invites you to stop

by to order a copy today!

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