Protect Yourself From Scams - Do a Little Homework!

Written by Joe Reinbold

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Look at a program and ask yourself some of these questions:

Isrepparttar product something that I would be proud to sell or promote? Ifrepparttar 127577 answer is no, then stay away.

Make sure that there is an actual service or product that you will be selling. If you are just going to get paid for every new member you recruit, then it may very well be an illegal pyramid or ponzi scheme.

Is there contact information easily available atrepparttar 127578 site? Do they show their email addresses, street address, names of principals, company name, telephone number? Send them a question and see if you get an answer or an automatic reply.

If you have a address or telephone number go to or and check them out. You can userepparttar 127579 telephone number and do a "reverse directory check" which checksrepparttar 127580 telephone number and gives you an name and address if one is on file.

Check outrepparttar 127581 web site's domain name at Just enterrepparttar 127582 domain name i.e., and you can determine whorepparttar 127583 administrative contact, normallyrepparttar 127584 owner, where they are located and how longrepparttar 127585 site has been registered.

Do they offer you a free promotional site for your use with your own personal referral code? If you have to pay your entry or membership fee and then find out you have to pay another $100 or so to get a promotional site and email advertising package, and that isrepparttar 127586 only way they allow you to promote it, be leery. They are making their money up front. I don't believe that you should have to pay a company for basic promotional tools to promote their company. They can takerepparttar 127587 expense off as a business expense if they are for real.

Of course you will still have to make an informed decision on your own after doing your research. But you may find enough information from any one of these resources or all of them to sway you one way orrepparttar 127588 other. Just make an informed decision before you spend your hard earned money and resources.

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Written by Patrick Tan

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By focusing on a single supplier, you will have more time to attend to enquiry, process orders, and arrange for delivery of goods to consumers. Your supplier will also recognize your commitment to his company and products by giving you a better deal and more co-operations than he would give to someone who represents many suppliers.

Get your supplier to shiprepparttar products directly to consumers. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operate your business without holding on to any inventory. You can get your supplier to ship directly to your customers after you have secured and received payments (ideally) forrepparttar 127576 orders. There are many suppliers out there who are willing to drop-ship your orders anywhere aroundrepparttar 127577 world. You can find them atrepparttar 127578 following sites:

Wholesale Central - Closeout Central - Surplus-Closeout Finder -

Setting up a cost-effective shopping and billing system. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well, in order to sell products online, you must operate a shopping cart. It is an electronic platform, which allow users to browse through products; place selected products into a shopping cart; and make payments online through a secured server.

As a small business owner, you should outsource this aspect ofrepparttar 127579 operations to a third-party billing company to keep operating costs to a minimum. My preferred choice for this job is Verza. Besides offering one ofrepparttar 127580 most competitive rates inrepparttar 127581 third-party billing industry, it also provides a wide range of services that will make your job easier.

+ You can use to sell single items or multiple products. + Accept checks and major credit cards online. + Free setup. System will be operational within 24 hours after submitting your application. + Anti-fraud screening provided free of charge. + Free tools provided to help you build your own online store. + Reseller program supported. Verza will track and process payment of commissions to your affiliates directly. + Payments made twice a month directly to your bank account.

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Your small discount outlet is now ready. There is no need to incur any fixed charges in inventory, shopping cart, secured server and merchant account. Let Verza and your supplier take care ofrepparttar 127582 operations while you focus your efforts on marketing, promotion and affiliate recruitment.

If done properly, you can expect shoppers to flock to your site regularly in search ofrepparttar 127583 best bargains, provided your target audience is interested inrepparttar 127584 specific products that you are offering on sales.

You can afford to price them lower than other established discount stores as your cost of operations is relatively lower. It hasrepparttar 127585 potential to become a major money-spinner besides fulfilling its role to open up other lucrative business opportunities. Try it! You have nothing much to lose, but plenty to gain with this business venture.

Patrick Tan, an entrepreneur and former journalist, offers a complete range of e-commerce solutions, consulting services and free resources to help you build a successful career online. Visit for more information. He publishes a free newsletter to share his experience and business know-how -

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