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Ask Appropriate Questions
Even though these work-at-home opportunities often state that you have to act now or join by a certain time to secure your spot, you must take time to ask questions. Then, don't join unless your questions are answered to your satisfaction.
Here are some of those questions:
1) Ask exactly what type of work you will be expected to perform. 2) Ask how you will be paid. If you are going to be paid by commission, be sure to ask exactly what your percentage will be. 3) Ask exactly how much money you need to spend, including fees, supplies, inventory, etc. 4) Ask how long company has been in business since non-legitimate companies frequently change their name to go out of business. 5) Ask to get copies of company's sales materials and product descriptions, so you can determine how product-focused company is.
Know What to Do If You Are a Victim
If you are victim of one of these scams, then you need to know what to do next.
Your first course of action should be to notify company. Talk to someone as high up in business as possible and be sure to make them aware that your plan to contact appropriate authorities.
If you don't receive any satisfaction from company, your next step is to report company to authorities. You should file a complaint with at least one, if not all, of organizations below:
1. The Federal Trade Commission – You can file a report through their web site at www.ftc.gov 2. The Better Business Bureau – You can contact them through their web site at www.bbb.org. 3. The Attorney General of Your State – You can find out how to contact attorney general in your area by doing a search for “Your State attorney general” at Google.com. The right page should be first or second that appears in search results.
The bottom line is if a business opportunity seems to good to be true, then it's worth checking out. Any business that tries to pressure you into making a hasty decision isn't a business you should be working with.
Vishal P. Rao is the editor of Home Based Business Opportunities - A web site dedicated to opportunities, ideas and resources to help you start and run a home based business. Visit his site at: http://www.home-based-business-opportunities.com