Internet Business in a Box

Written by Butch Pujol

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What Will You Sell?

Duringrepparttar infomercialrepparttar 127568 company mentioned that you would have thousands of products to choose from. However, what I found was that there were only 50 or 60. When I questioned this, I was told they either fired their supplier orrepparttar 127569 contract withrepparttar 127570 supplier expired and new negotiations were underway. As forrepparttar 127571 quality of repparttar 127572 items… it was sorely lacking. Rather cheep trinkets that had no real value.

How Will Your Customers Pay?

In order for customers to pay online, you will need a shopping cart system. However, I'm afraid I found that this application was another add on. It was not included inrepparttar 127573 $59.95 price.

In addition torepparttar 127574 shopping cart, you'll also need a merchant account to receive credit card payments. Most merchant accounts require a 2 year contract. However, to receive a merchant account from this company, a 5 year contract was required. I foundrepparttar 127575 set up fees very high andrepparttar 127576 monthly fees just as disturbing. Not to mention, with a new Internet business, I can't imagine being tied into a 5 year agreement. Ifrepparttar 127577 company fails, you would still be liable to payrepparttar 127578 monthly fees forrepparttar 127579 remaining time onrepparttar 127580 contract.

Bringing Traffic To Your Site

Duringrepparttar 127581 infomercial, you are told thatrepparttar 127582 company will submit your new Web site torepparttar 127583 top 1,000 search engines with automated software. However, what most people don't understand is that 90% of your search engine traffic will come fromrepparttar 127584 top 20 engines. In addition, most ofrepparttar 127585 major engines require manual submissions, not automated. In order to get your site positioned properly, you'll either need to buy additional software, pay a search engine professional to dorepparttar 127586 task or learn to handle it yourself. Needless-to-say, that costs even more money.

I am not going to add up allrepparttar 127587 individual cost of my investigation but I will give yourepparttar 127588 total cost that was onrepparttar 127589 contract they wanted me to sign. Not countingrepparttar 127590 $59.95 I had already paid for my Internet business in a box, they asked for another $2695.00.

This article is not meant to discourage you from starting your own Internet business. My business is to educate people aboutrepparttar 127591 sharks that will try to take your money.

Can you start your own Internet business, make money, lie out byrepparttar 127592 pool sipping Margaritas and only work 20 minutes a day? You bet! And it can be done for a lot less than $2,695.00. Will it happenrepparttar 127593 first week you're in business? No. Before you jump into an online business, I urge you to educate yourself, learn howrepparttar 127594 Internet works, decide what you can or are willing to do yourself and what you will have to pay someone else to do. Calculaterepparttar 127595 entire cost. You will not get rich over night. It will take time to build your business and automate it. Then, with a little luck and a lot of hard work inrepparttar 127596 beginning, you can lie out by repparttar 127597 pool sipping Margaritas.

Butch Pujol is the founder of Safe Internet Business Solutions a safe haven for Newbies and online business owners. Learn how to "Protect Yourself & Your Internet Business From Robbers, Thieves and Sharks" at

Check Out That Money Making Opportunity!

Written by Joe Reinbold

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Network Solutions Whois Site and enterrepparttar URL. You should in most cases be able to determine who registeredrepparttar 127567 domain name, where they are located, a telephone number and/or email address. This will be underrepparttar 127568 Administrative contact section. You can also determine who hostsrepparttar 127569 site.

Ifrepparttar 127570 URL ends in one ofrepparttar 127571 new domain types i.e., .tv, .ta, or .de for example I generally userepparttar 127572 site since it has info on these type domains:

There are a couple of discussion boards that may have information that may help you. They are:

Victims Against Scams

Friends In Business (Scams 101)

iCop! Discussion Forum (International Council of Online Professionals)

The Home Business & Marketing Discussion Board

A couple of sites that you may want to also check are:

The Consumer Sentinel

Internet ScamBusters

The Federal Trade Commission

One other resource isrepparttar 127573 good old online telephone books. If you have an address or telephone number go to or and check them out. You can userepparttar 127574 telephone number and do a "reverse directory check" which checksrepparttar 127575 telephone number and gives you a name and address. You can also check outrepparttar 127576 address that you have and sometimes may be able to tell ifrepparttar 127577 address is a valid business office or a mail drop by making a couple of telephone calls.

If you are getting ready to spend some of your hard earned money by joining a money making opportunity whether it is a one time cost or a monthly cost, make sure that you check it out. First you want to reassure yourself that it is legit and secondly if you are going to promote it, you want to make sure you have confidence in it since you are going to risk your reputation by recommending it to others.

Joe Reinbold, webmaster of The Entrepreneur's Home Business Link publishes a free weekly email newsletter "Home Income Quarterly E-dition" which is dedicated to assisting online marketers. For a free subscription just or visit his site at

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