Working from home is a dream many folks share. Unfortunately, online predators are aware of this and target consumers looking to make the jump from the office to the home.
We've got some tips for helping you avoid work-from-home scams:
1. Never reply to any e-mail solicitation you receive regarding a work-from-home job opportunity.
No matter how good it sounds, unsolicited e-mails are almost always either a scam, or not worth the investment. Companies that use spam e-mail marketing tactics are usually not the type of company you want to work for or buy from.
2. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Ignore offers that claim you can make a $1000 a week just by putting in a few hours with no training or investment. The business world does not work that way! The only person making money in these scenarios is the scammer selling you the get-rich-quick kit. Just walk away.
3. Do your homework online.
If you do stumble across what you think might be a decent work-from-home job opportunity, be sure to do your homework online. Search Google for any history you can find on the company and/or program they are offering. If it is a scam or a rip-off, odds are you'll digg up some dirt online.
If you do start your own business working from home, remember that it takes a lot of hard work and sweat to be successful. Most start-ups don't make it past their first year, so you must find a niche market or need and work hard to fill it. Stick to something you are passionate about, it will make your chance of success that much greater.
And remember, nothing ever comes easy when starting your own business... so don't believe any offer or program that claims to make it so...