10 Tips for Avoiding Home Business Scams

Written by Lesley Spencer

by Lesley Spencer, MSc; Founder & President HBWM.com Inc.

Starting a home business has become a wonderful and attractive alternative for parents acrossrepparttar country. Withrepparttar 137965 advent ofrepparttar 137966 Internet, email and cell phones, working at home has been a very viable option. No other alternative allows parentsrepparttar 137967 opportunity to create their own hours and work around their children's schedules while earning an income. But before investing in any home business opportunity, it is wise to take appropriate steps to researchrepparttar 137968 opportunity andrepparttar 137969 company. Unfortunately, there are deceitful businesses ready to take advantage of parent's deep desire to be at home with their children. These steps will help you to avoid potential problems:

1. Researchrepparttar 137970 company and always check them out withrepparttar 137971 Better Business Bureau (http://search.bbb.org/search.html) located in their city.

2. Ask for at least three references of people they have worked with. Call each person and ask about his or her experiences withrepparttar 137972 company.

3. Be cautious of any company that asks for money for a work-at-home job

4. Don't be fooled by ads claiming you can make large amounts of money in short periods of time. And be cautious of companies that require you to sign up immediately. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

5. Avoid those “Type from home scams” that claim you can earn “$40,000.00 a year typing from home.” As Diana Ennen, author of Virtual Assistant ~repparttar 137973 Series, Become a Highly Successful Sought After VA (http://www.VA-TheSeries.com) states, “These are usually scams. They promise you a listing of companies looking for home-based typist and normally these companies aren’t even aware they are onrepparttar 137974 list and seldom need help. Starting a secretarial business at home is a great work-at-home opportunity. However, you need to do it right and start one on your own. Our site offers suggestions at http://www.virtualwordpublishing.com.

10 Money-Saving Tips for Home Businesses

Written by Lesley Spencer

by Lesley Spencer, MSc; Founder & President HBWM.com Inc.

One ofrepparttar most common obstacles many home-based working moms face is trying to start or run a new business on a limited budget. The first few years of a business are usuallyrepparttar 137964 hardest financially. Some moms leave full-time careers and substantial salaries to start a new business. Others start a home business as stay-at-home moms wanting additional income to support their family as well as a professional outlet to balance their diaper-changing days.

In either case, starting and running a home-based business takes money. How much money, will depend partly on you andrepparttar 137965 type of business you choose to run.

Below are our top 10 tips to save you and your home business money:

1. Do your own market research by talking to potential clients or customers. Many new home business owners skip this step only to come back to it later (or wish they had). Those who start businesses without doing any type of research riskrepparttar 137966 possibility that their target market doesn't need or want their particular product or service. The competition may be too fierce. There may not be enough potential customers to supportrepparttar 137967 business. Orrepparttar 137968 product isn't priced correctly. It is just as important not to price your product too low as it is not to price it too high. Talk to others in similar businesses as yours to see how much they charge and what they offer for that price. 2. Team up with other non-competitive businesses that targetrepparttar 137969 same market to do some co-marketing. For example, desktop publishers and print shops can do a direct mail campaign together advertising both of their services or buy an ad in a local publication and splitrepparttar 137970 costs. Neither is in competition withrepparttar 137971 other. They also can hand out business cards or flyers for one another as well as give word-of-mouth referrals. It's a great way to double one's marketing efforts while splitting any advertising costs.

3. When you have a satisfied customer, don't be afraid to ask for referrals. People like to help others especially new businesses trying to succeed. Show pride in your work and people are sure to notice. And when they do, ask if they know any others you can send a brochure or sample to. Another great way to encourage referrals is to offer a discount or special offer for any customers who are referred to you.

4. Barter or trade your services for other products or services you need. Associations and organizations are not only great places to network; they are also great for finding businesses that offer services and products you need. Look for businesses you could help with your product or service and offer to barter or trade for theirs. (Be sure to check with your tax professional for tax issues involving bartering and trading.). Diana Ennen of Virtual Word Publishing(http://www.virtualwordpublishing.com) has found bartering her virtual assisting coaching has allowed her to get web design work done, PR work out, proofing of assignments and much more. It's a win/win for all.

Cont'd on page 2 ==>
ImproveHomeLife.com © 2005
Terms of Use