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Beware These Work-At-Home Scams

wholesale merchandise scamsNearly every one of us has, at one time or another, dreamed about starting our own business. Whether it's to grow a second source of income, gain freedom from our employer, or be able to work better hours, home businesses offer lots of opportunities. If they're for real that is.

Unfortunately, many so called home business opportunities are actually just opportunities to be swindled. There are so many offers out there, and many of them are legitimate. But still more of them are people trying to take your money for little or nothing in return.

Anyone can fall victim to a scam; you shouldn't kid yourself that you are immune. And even if you do your best to protect yourself, you can still get cheated. But if you know what to look for, you are in the best possible position to take advantage of the legitimate offers and avoid the scams.

The most popular sort of scam is the one that promises you the secret to riches and success, if you just front them a little money. It might be for training, or product, but it is always a bad sign. There are legitimate business that require start up capital, but they will provide you with information and tell you exactly what you are getting before asking for money.

One popular form of business that requires start up money is buying into a franchise. Fast food chains and other chain business do require you to put capital into the business. But not until they have given you data about the company and answered all of your questions. If someone wants money first, stay away.

The second thing to watch out for is a company that wants you to work for almost nothing, paying you much less than what your work should be worth. These jobs promise big money, but you have to work endless hours to see anything. Businesses like these often ask you to "stuff envelopes" or pay you to read email and click links. You should be selling advertising, not just reading it.

So, before you get into any business venture, find out exactly what you are being asked to do, and work out how much time you will have to put in so that you can make your goal amount. Make sure that you aren't working below minimum wage, or even at minimum wage for that matter. Minimum wage isn't worth going into business for.

Finally, don't be tempted by the promise of fast, big money. Almost everyone who promises you that you will become rich on little or no work is just selling you a line. The world just doesn't work that way. Do your homework, put in the work necessary to make your business successful, and you can keep from being scammed.