Continued from page 1
__Are Claims and Testimonials Verifiable?
Is contact information provided so that you can verify a testimonial? Can you find people who actually make what opportunity claims you can make?
Don't take income claims too seriously. Everyone's different, and although one person may think it's a perfect opportunity, it might not be for YOU. A blanket statement of 'You can make up to $5000 a month or more' can be safely ignored. A statement of AVERAGE earnings is more useful.
Exercise caution if an opportunity 'guarantees' that you can make money. How could they possibly know? It is completely beyond their control; it's your efforts, your skills, and your motivation that determine whether or not you'll make money.
One thing I like to do is ask a bunch of questions by email or phone (they DO have contact information posted, right?). If they answer me quickly, courteously, and in detail, that's another point for them. Emails that are ignored or phone calls not returned are a bad sign; if they treat YOU that way, how do they treat rest of their customers? Why are they hiding?
But keep in mind that just because they may answer your emails or phone calls, that does NOT necessarily mean that they're 'legit'.
__Does Opportunity Fit YOUR Interests?
There's no point in doing something you hate (heck, some of us left JOBS that we hated - we don't need to start a business that we also hate!). For example, if you would rather dig out a tooth with a butter knife than sell face- to-face, then don't join a Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) opportunity. If you love talking to people, look into something like party planning, children's book sales, etc. If you're quiet, shy type, look for opportunities that will allow you to work nose-to-nose with your computer most of time. You get idea.
Sure, it's time-consuming to do all this investigative work. But it's a necessity: prudence and planning now may pay off by saving you money and frustration later.
There's simply no such thing as a simple 'business in a box'. However, there are many legitimate opportunities, both from other companies and those of your own dreams. Happy huntin
Angela is the editor of Online Business Basics, a newsletter for eBusiness beginners, featuring step-by- step tutorials on how to build a money-making online business without emptying your wallet! To find out how it can save you time, money, and guesswork, visit http://www.onlinebusinessbasics.com/article.html