Making a living on the Internet is a real possibility. Unfortunately, many other money-making ventures, scammers find ways to take gain of unsuspecting people hoping to work at home online. As a result, if you are looking for a proven legitimate online home business, you need to do your research & due diligence to vet out the opportunities you find.
The first step is in knowing how scammers & schemers try to dupe you. After that, you should know how to research and choose a credible online business option.
The first step to determining if an online opportunity is legit, is to see what scammers do to lure you in. Often scam sites look legitimate, suggesting they have appeared on credible news sites & making great income claims. Here are a few things to watch for:
- Huge income claims & guarantees.While there’re online entrepreneurs that make $10,000 a month, you can bet none of them are doing whatever program you are looking at. The reality is, most people do not make very much online. If the word “guarantee” is used, do not bother reading on. No one can legitimately promise you income unless its a job and you are being offered a salary. While these sites are tempting, use your head & walk away otherwise you will end up losing money.
- Fast income. Right along side big money promises are the claims that you could have it fast, like in 30 days. Fast, big money is totally unrealistic. Think about it: whether you could really make $10,000 a month starting in 30 days doing practically nothing, would not everyone be doing it? Would not you personally know at least one person doing it?
- Join now or lose out. Scammers like to use the trick that you may miss out if you don’t act now. Do not fall for this. Any legitimate work-at-home opportunity will be good if you get in today, tomorrow or next year. Bad programs are gone within a few months.
- All your problems solved. Scammers are the best copywriters in the world. Whatever reason you want to make money online, they’ll promise it. It is as if their ads are written specifically to you. It is hard to resist a program that will solve all your problems, but you need to ignore the hype & fluff and look for the meat of the program. When you do, you will find that there is no meat.
- No or difficult refund policy.Without a refund policy, it could be difficult to get your money back. Some programs offer a refund but make you jump through hoops & show proof of your efforts before they’ll consider it.
You can often get your money back when you have been scammed if you file a fraud report with your credit card company or bank, you are better off not wasting your cash in the first place.
- Free. Many programs offer “free” sign up, but often you will not make money on the free program. These schemers get you after you join their version by telling you how much more you make faster by sending money.
- Unverifiable claims. Many scams will suggest they have been featured on news shows or in magazines. First, I have never seen a news show profile a legitimate chance. They report on scams, but never the legit stuff. Other claims could come through shill or fake testimonials, non-existent awards and fake research.
The Internet doesn’t have magical powers to enable you to earn beautiful incomes overnight. Any program that suggests otherwise is lying to you.
How to Research Online Home Income Chances
When you find a Website offering an online business chance that appeals to you, research it before parting with your money. Some things to check include:
- Look for contact information.There should be an email / phone number you can call. A physical address is helpful too; however many scammers can use the name and address of legitimate companies. Being able to call / email allows you to converse with the company. Note that scammers are great at responding to pre-sale emails, but not so much client support or refund requests.
- Verify references. Look for logos on the website of the respective client protection badges on like the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Truste.org, Alexa Ranking &i-Cop.org. Don’t just see that they are on the site, as many scammers will have these banners to make them look legit. Instead, click on these logos & you be taken to the consumer site where the information is located.
Look up the domain on the DomainTools.com website and see the registration details. For example, you don’t want to see a phone number listed as 1234567890. Note that sometimes scammers will make their information private; although that does not mean a private registration is a scam. It means you need to do more work.
If the company makes other claims, like awards won or is endorsed by someone you trust (i.e. a doctor / celebrity), do a Google search to verify it. Scammers lie.
- Read the guarantees & refund policy.All legitimate programs will offer a guarantee, like a 30-day 100% money-back guarantee. Make sure the guarantee is long enough that you could test the program fully. 7 or 14 days isn’t really long enough to learn, implement & make money in an online business.
Note that scammers will “offer” a guarantee. Your goal is to read the policy carefully to make sure there are no hidden rules. The great way to protect yourself from a scammer that offers a guarantee but does not pay back is to use your credit card.
- Understand what the work-at-home program involves.Some of programs are filled with hype & promises, but no information on what you will actually be doing to make money. If you get to the end of the sales page & don’t know how the money is made, walk away.
- See if there are training & support.There is a lot that goes into buying a business occasion including learning about the products / services you will be selling and the marketing plan. Scammers will often promise lots of help & then disappear.
- Read the fine print.I am often surprised at how often people do not read what they are signing up for, especially if they are sending money. The fine print is where scammers will get ya. It is partly how they protect themselves from legal hassles. Even in legitimate companies, you need to read the contract & fine print.
- See what others are saying about the program. A quick Google search using the program name+scam can reveal a lot. Pay attention to what people are saying. For instance, if there are complaints about non-existent customer support / an inability to get a refund, that is a red flag.
- Sleep on it.Remember, any program that is good now will be good tomorrow. Avoid buyer’s remorse & getting scammed by stepping away. Because scammers are good copywriters, you are often thinking emotionally, tempted by the idea that all your money problems will be fixed if you join now. But if you take the time to think about it, you have an occasion to let you head get in the game, giving common sense an occasion to weigh in.