Senin, 11 Agustus 2008


For college students and other people who feel burned out trying to
balance paying the bills and living at the same time, ads like these
can prove to be irresistible. Many of them make perfect sense and
easily hook you based on good concepts. Unfortunately, many times the
product or service does not match the brilliance of a great idea for
making money from home or through the Internet. As I've learned
myself, the further you go down this road, the more excited you get.
You basically get hooked, and if you aren't careful, you will end up
working hard and falling further into debt than you can imagine. Much
like gambling, the lure of easy money and independence can make just
about anyone fall prey to work at home scams that feed off your dreams
to get to your wallet so they can go on to the next victim.

Hopefully, you will never fall victim to these scam artists. However,
the fact of the matter is that these scammers would not be wasting
their time if they were not making any money. And as long as people
continue to get mixed up in this business, these scammers are going to
stick around to trick more and more people.

The best way to keep a scammer's claws away from your credit card is
to do thorough research on each opportunity that you are considering.
This means doing much more than simply reading a bit about it online.
In my personal experience, I have been taken by companies who were
savvy enough to pollute the Internet with staged testimonials,
guarantees, questionable references to big name endorsements, and even
appearances in the Better Business Bureau.

A colleague of mine who invested in vending machine placement services
even went so far as to physically go to the manufacturing plant to
tour the warehouse as well as contact the Better Business Bureau of
that state. What he received, in return, were twenty malfunctioning
candy machines with a list of local businesses who had apparently
agreed to receive them. Not only did none of these businesses know
what he was talking about, many of them were hostile when he showed up
to place them.

What you want to do is check message boards such as the ASK section of Another simple method of weeding out the scams from the
genuine opportunities is to go to a search engine and simply type in
the company name followed by the word "scam". If you do this, and you
are barraged by an endless list of complaints, you my friend have
found a nugget of gold in a sea of mud.

In terms of the Better Business Bureau, it is best to contact them
directly to ask about any complaints, and also find out how long a
company has been listed. The Better Business Bureau operates state by
state. They will be able to tell you if they have any complaints on
file. If they do, you will want to avoid the opportunity at all costs.
But if it appears that a company is doing business the right way, you
can continue your own research.

Being in the Business Bureau is not necessarily that hard to
accomplish. Many scammers can use their money and connections to set
up a front to initially qualify for the Better Business Bureau just
long enough for them to collect their cash from unsuspecting victims,
close shop, create a new identity and start again.

Before you decide to do anything, attempt to get in touch with the
company that you are interested in. Can you get a human being on the
phone? Do they have an actually physical address? How long does it
take them to respond to your e-mails, if at all? If you cannot even
talk to the company before you start, there is not chance that they
will be around when you really need them. I once made quite a bit of
money selling vacation vouchers on auction sites. The marketing plan
was sound, and the money saving vouchers was a hit. Only problem was,
I could never get in touch with their customer service department to
handle my customer inquiries and complaints once I realized that the
promises that existed in writing on the vouchers were misleading at
best. This proved to be such a problem that it took me over a year to
recover from the negative publicity on my auction site.

Of course, there are legitimate home based businesses out there. With
the Internet and all the low cost, web producing tools available,
there seems to be a renaissance in entrepreneurship. Basically, just
find a product or service you can market online, and do your research.
Sell on EBay if you don't want to build your own website. You can have
a website their and all search engine marketing is already done by
EBay. The Small Business Association has an office in downtown Tacoma
and contains invaluable information on their website Since small business is the backbone of our
country economically, sources such as these are eager to help you
create a plan with realistic expectations.

However, like anything else worthwhile, you have to do your homework
and work hard at it. The problem is that too many people make you
think you can practically go online and make money just clicking on a
mouse. You want to steer clear of any business that asks to you to pay
for their "Top Secret" e-book that will teach you how to make an
automated income."

Think about it, if you are in dire need of cash, can you imagine any
other situation in which you would not only work for free, but pay for
the privilege to work. There are no magic formals or secrets worth
paying for. All of the information in these e-books can be found for
free through your own research if you have common internet skills.

If you don't want to work hard and just make a few easy extra bucks
without donating your blood or volunteering to be a guinea pig, it is
possible to make some good extra money filling out online surveys or
through mystery shopping. There are real opportunities out there which
require no fee to get started. Not only that, several of them will
even give you a $5 bonus just for signing up. If a company such as
this is legitimate, they would be making lots of money through the
success of its members. Companies that require that $49.97 start up
fee only make money through the fee and only want to teach you how to
get other people to do the same. The products are all useless lists
and general information that anyone with a functioning mind could
figure out on their own, or get for free by doing their own research.

In 12 years of trying to make a living on the Internet, the following
are the best companies I have ever encountered for making a few extra
bucks filling out surveys, playing games and mystery shopping. They
probably won't pay the rent, but if you're interested in making an
extra $400 or $500 a month or eating out at nice restaurants and going
to movies for free, you may want to check these out:

Mystery Shopping Providers Association: ."

This site contains all the information you will ever need on starting
up as a mystery shopper. It is also a portal for the best sites to go
to for mystery shopping jobs online, and they don't require that you
invest a penny. (you can sign up for free and get $5 just for
signing up. You can make a few hundred dollars in one day,
theoretically, if you are willing to use a credit card to sign up for
free or paid trials. Just make sure you have the patience to fill out
the long surveys and keep detailed records so you can remember to
cancel your free trials before you get charged. Also, you can fill out
surveys to make a dollar or two which are completely free. I've made
about $400 with this site. identical to (a lot of free surveys and cool games). By far the best of the survey sites. The
free surveys are tremendous. You can make a dollar or two in one
minute. This site has the shortest, most painless surveys. I made over
thirty bucks in less than after signing up.

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