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HOW do I identify right opportunity for me? Don't sign up for an opportunity because it has a nice website or a good sales letter/email. Do investigate six key criteria: Product, Cost, Company, Commission, Administration and Sales.
Make sure that you're completely happy with each of these areas and you'll avoid any nasty surprises.
WHERE should I set up shop? Keep costs down by working from home. The power of internet means that you can tap into world market working from your spare room in your pyjamas. You can work offline if you want using leaflets, brochures, direct mail etc. - but don't limit yourself geographically.
WHO should I be working with? Obviously you're star of show. It's your business and you will enjoy a much higher degree of autonomy than would be available in almost any job. You're not entirely isolated though, and finding right people to work with is very important.
Pick a good company to work with. Ideally one that's been around for a while and which provides good training and support. Selecting right company to partner with will significantly increase your chances of success and minimise probability of being scammed.
Most scammers and con artists tend not to stick around too long. They make their money and then move on before they get caught - so choosing to work with an established company is always a good idea if you want to reduce risk.
Another key player is person who recruited you or introduced you to opportunity. They may be referred to as your "upline", "team leader", "sponsor", "mentor" etc. depending upon company that you're working with.
This person doesn't need to be at very top of business. If they were then they might find it difficult to find time to help you. However, they should be experienced and willing to help. Exchange emails with them, talk on phone and see how responsive they are. If they're not right for you then you can always get involved in same opportunity but with a different mentor.
Finally, you will build your own team or "downline". Try to be a good sponsor to your team members and help them out as much as you can. Remember - just because you introduced them to business you're not their boss. Offer them advice and encouragement but don't forget that they came into your opportunity to have their own business - just as you did.
Hamish Hayward http://www.perfectsystem.co.uk/
Hamish Hayward Discover the key criteria to use when assess business opporunities. Now available in e-book format. http://www.perfectsystem.co.uk