If you are only just thinking of working from home and are new to the home business scene, be very wary of the scams that exist. This is especially true if you are looking to work on-line (As the Internet is the number 1 breeding ground for Shady on-line business scams). After coming across several advertisements, it will be easy for you to distinguish between scams and genuine work opportunities, but it is very common to fall prey to the false claims of the scam artists in the initial stages. Do bear in mind the following points when you next looking at offers about working from home.
One of the first things to remember is that there is no shortcut to success. Most of the get-rich-quick schemes that thrive on the Internet are pure fiction and their only aim is to draw as much money from you as possible. There are many people who have been successful working from home but they had to put in a lot of effort and a lot of hours in before they could quit their day jobs. So if you come across sites that claim to give you money that is way out-of-proportion with the work you put in, you can easily assume that it is too good to be true.
There might be many legitimate data-entry jobs over the Internet but even still the number of scams outnumbers the legitimate ones. Most of the advertisements for data entry ask for a upfront fee and it is a good indicator of the offer being a scam. Never pay money for someone to give you a job, an authentic job offer would not ask for any payment from your side. This holds true for other scams like filling up surveys and advertisements asking you for money to send you assembly kits.
Other scams include sites that ask you for a small sum of money to download their product that will help you in setting up on-line business. This could be a rip-off in one of two ways:
1.The download might just be a book giving you tips on setting up on-line business but it will have no original information. All the so-called "precious" information offered by the website, will be available freely on other sites, all you have to do is search long enough.
2. It might contain 'Spy-ware' that will infiltrate your personal computer and take all your personal information like your bank details! So, if you are downloading anything to increase your potential for working from home, be 100% sure that it is authentic.
If you have not applied for a job and you get offers regarding working from home, be very careful yet again. There could be some hidden problems here. It is advisable not to trust the scams that send you a well composed offer letter, in which buried in it are questions about your bank account.
Another all time great scam doing the rounds in the name of 'work from home', is the Internet based pyramid schemes with no actual product. While most multi-level-marketing and legitimate network marketing offers are not scams, this type of business model is used all the time to setup less than reputable 'business opportunities' that then fleece thousands of people out of their money. Know who you are working with. The numbers of people who make it big are only a handful (even in the more reputable network marketing companies), so it is advisable to steer clear of these schemes if the people you are working with are not successful themselves.