Deciding which work at home products and home business opportunities to trust is a tough decision. There are so many out there, and too many are scams. Picking out the good ones is not easy. It’s important to be able to figure out which ones are possibly right for you.

Finding Product Reviews

If you’ve been trying to find work at home for a while, you are probably already on a number of mailing lists and hear regularly about the latest product. All too often they’re being recommended without having been tried out. Many of the big product launches provide affiliates and joint venture partners with basic emails that they can send out as is or just customize a little.

It doesn’t make for a clear understanding of whether or not the product is any good.

It’s hard to figure out if a new product is any good. You can tell some by the reputation of who created it. If the creator of the product has a reputation for quality, you have a good chance of buying something that will be worth it.

If you’re not sure, give it some time. There are many ways to earn money from home. You don’t have to jump on the latest, hottest one to have a chance. You have options.

What About the “Is Product X a Scam?” Reviews?

When researching a product or opportunity that’s been out for long, a common research tactic is to search on whether or not it’s a scam. That’s a good idea, but not as effective as it once was.

A popular way to recommend a product now is to write an article asking if it’s a scam, then noting that it’s not. Pretty much no matter what the actual quality of the product is or whether or not it really is a scam. Some people don’t care so long as they get their sales commission.

If you want to know if a particular opportunity is a scam, Scam.com can be a good place to start. Or my forums, of course. It’s amazing how well a fresh perspective can spot a scam.

How Do You Recognize a Quality Recommendation?

The best reviews come from people who have already and continue to use the product or are still in the business opportunity they’re recommending. If they’re really doing well with it they probably know what they’re talking about.

Trouble is, you can’t always tell if that’s the truth or not. It’s the internet. It’s easy to say anything.

It’s a good idea to look at multiple reviews when you can. If they’re all saying the same thing, the reviewers probably all got it from the same basic source. Don’t trust those.

A good review will also note any problems with the product. Real issues, not just something scraped up like “the only trouble was deciding how to spend all the money!”

A good review will also have more information than you could find yourself by going to the product or opportunity website. If it’s all rehashed from the sales letter page, you really haven’t learned anything new.

Screenshots are nice, but very easily faked. Take them with a rather large grain of salt.

An ongoing review can also be nice. I don’t find these very often, but it can be nice to see someone start reviewing a product from the time they purchased it through the early parts of working on it, to making money, and how it goes from there. It’s a hard kind of review to write, especially without revealing more than one should about product details.

Consider also who is recommending the product. If you’ve read a lot of recommendations from that person, and they’re all rave reviews, there’s probably a problem. If they are more balance there’s a better chance that the review is honest. If they don’t review a product but have a generally good reputation they would want to maintain, they’re probably also going to be honest in their product reviews and recommendations.

What About Paid/Commissioned Reviews?

You’ll note that I’m not paying too much attention to whether or not a review was paid for outright or earns the reviewer a commission on sales. That’s because an honest reviewer will give the same advice either way. The money’s nice, but a good reviewer won’t let that impact what they say.

The FTC has much to say about paid endorsements these days. There’s a good bit of debate still on what must be said, but you should see some sort of disclosure on the page.

Disclosure still doesn’t tell you if the reviewer is being 100% honest about their experience with the product unfortunately. You hope they are but as always there’s no real way to know.

Know That You Won’t Always Get It Right

Even when you try hard to avoid the scams, it’s entirely possible that you will get scammed. No one can spot every scam perfectly. All you can do is try your best.

Pay attention to refund policies. If a product goes through Clickbank, it’s pretty easy to get a refund if you feel the product really isn’t for you. Other vendors will have other policies, and it may or may not be easy to get your money back.

Know That Not Every Opportunity Works for Everyone

This is incredibly important to understand. Just because a particular opportunity doesn’t work out for you don’t mean it was a scam. It might, but it could also mean that it just wasn’t a match. Be honest with yourself about where the failure is when something doesn’t work out. Remember that most businesses fail and even the “gurus” have ideas that just don’t work out and have failed in business.