Being scammed when you want to work at home is so common that a huge percentage of those who work at home have fallen for a scame one time or another. Sometimes they’ve fallen for multiple scams. The scams are so easy to find that many people think that they are all that exist.

Obviously that’s not so, but finding the real stuff is difficult. One of the best ways to avoid being scammed is to know what to look out for.

  1. Read on the FTC website. They offer some great tips on spotting work at home and home business scams. They only really talk about the most common ones, but that’s a good place to start.
  2. Read my list of common work at home scams. I don’t generally name names, but knowing what a scam looks like can be more useful because that stays consistent as names change.
  3. Don’t pay for a work at home job. Home business opportunities often do cost money, but if you’re going to be an employee, they should pay you when you work. Searching for employees is a cost of doing business.
  4. Watch out for exaggerated claims. Income claims should be backed up.
  5. Ads written in all caps or with tons of exclamation points are trying to get you excited about the opportunity without really thinking about it. Do not let excitement cloud your judgement.
  6. Ads that don’t really make it clear what you will be doing. Legitimate companies want you to know what you are getting into. You shouldn’t have to pay to find out.
  7. “No effort required,” “No sales required,” etc., when you are obviously going to be selling something. A home business requires effort. If you want people to buy from you, you’re going to have to sell them on the idea, even if it’s only from your own enthusiasm for the products.
  8. Pressure. Do not let yourself be pressured into joining an opportunity before you have done your due diligence on it.
  9. Research. One of the simplest ways to check out a company is to start searching on it. The BBB site is a simple place to start, but not the best resource. But my own favorite is to type into Google the company name followed by “scam” and see what comes up. No guarantees that any of this will get you the information you need, but sometimes it tells you exactly what you need to know.
  10. Understand the motivation behind reviews of a company. If someone is getting paid to recruit you into a company, it can change what they say about it. Be aware that excessively positive reviews are not necessarily honest reviews.
  11. Follow the money. If you can’t tell where the money you will be earning is coming from, be wary of the opportunity.
  12. Excessive earnings. Most people will never earn $8000/week working part time.
  13. Have a friend look over the opportunity with you. Having someone who is not going to join the opportunity take a look means that they might spot something you missed.

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