One of the first things you learn during the business mentoring process is how to avoid home-based business scams. Some of the scams date back decades, long before the internet existed. Since the internet launched and became even more popular, the scammers learned new techniques to encourage people to waste money on ideas that claim to earn money, but never do. You might know that you should not give personal information out in email and that a prince will no contact you for help over your email account, but that does not mean that you will not fall for one of the other common scams.
In general, you should avoid any company that requires you send money for more information. There are some exceptions to this rule, such as craft businesses. The business requires that you send money for the crafting supplies and instructions, but pays you for each kit that you complete. Even then, you might come across a scam company that refuses to pay you for any of your work. When you send the completed kit back, the company claims that you did not follow instructions properly, or did not meet the minimum standards. You can find reviews of the companies before you send any money that tell you which ones are best.
One of the more common scams is the envelope stuffing scam. The company claims that you can make money by sending money and it will send you envelopes to stuff. After sending the money, the company sends you a print out of the original ad and tells you that you can make money by running the same scam operation on others. Similar ads offer kits for making CD cases or doing woodworking projects, but the only thing you get for your initial “investment” is an instructional booklet that shows how to take advantage of others.
Business coaching lessons focus on how to avoid scams, including the money for work scam. The scam operates by claiming that it will send you information on publishing books from home or creating and selling crafts from home. When you send money, you receive a book that simply lists different names and addresses for different companies. Many of those listed no longer exist, others do not take applications or products from people outside the company, and some are further scam sites. If you want to avoid home-based business scams, then avoid sending money to anyone you do not know.
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