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Don’t Fall for Get Rich Quick Schemes and Products

There’s a lot of so-called internet marketing guru’s out there coming up with new “get rich quick” products on a daily basis. They like to call them “blueprints” or “secrets revealed” or whatever else sounds cool, and tout them as the next best thing for making money online.

That sounds great at first, but the problem is that most of them are flat out lying to you and getting rich by tricking you into thinking you can do the same if you buy their product while they sit back and collect your money. It isn’t as easy as they make it out to be on their fancy sales pages. Think about it, if it was that easy everyone would do it and everyone would be rich. The simple truth is that you can make money online but it’s not easy and it won’t happen fast. And you definitely won’t get anywhere if you keep buying into all these new schemes that pop up all the time.

These money making schemes come in all shapes and sizes but they are all basically doing the same thing… Giving you false hope so you will buy their product. For example, there are programs that claim you can earn $10,000 in a week or some other insane amount. The problem is that in order to do that you need to have a lot of internet marketing experience, friends in high places, an already successful online business, an established email list, the right business plan, time, money, and who knows what else. The average person buying into these programs doesn’t have what it takes right away. It takes a lot time and effort to build up to a good online income, and even then $10,000 a week is rarely attained by anyone.

Building an online business and making a living from home is a lot of work. Putting in several hours of productive work every day is necessary. But the pros do eventually outweigh the cons once you start getting a nice income coming in.

Anyway the point of this post is basically just to warn you to beware of make money schemes, especially the ones that cost a lot of money. If the information is really that great then why would someone let everyone else know about it by selling it for a relatively low amount when they could keep it to themselves and really become wealthy from it? If you think about it something just doesn’t add up.

When I started my online home based business I got sucked into several get rich quick schemes and ended up wasting thousands of dollars along with a lot of time I can never get back. This was all while I was in college so I didn’t have much money to be throwing around like that. It was hard to swallow at first but I learned my lesson, moved on, kept working hard, and eventually became a successful internet marketer.

There’s plenty of FREE information on blogs, social media, and forums that will teach you everything you need to know about making money online. No need to spend all your money on product after product because they will keep on coming and you will never get anywhere except deeper in debt.

3 Big Work From Home Scams To Stay FAR Away From!

These days work from home scams are all too common and have become a very sad fact of life. A lot of people blame them on the internet but the truth is that many of these scams have been around since long before the internet was even thought of. They used to be run by mail, out of a post office box, by phone, with advertising in newspapers, magazines, bulletin boards, by leaflets through your door, or any other way the scam artists could think of. The internet just makes them a bit easier and cheaper to spread.

These days the false advertisements often arrive in the form of email because it’s free and very easy to send out millions of emails without any work. There are no direct mailing costs or other costs or time involved. You can still find work at home scams in newspapers and all the other traditional places every day, but mainly they have moved onto the internet. Even so, the ads themselves are often the same old thing that they always have been.

Here are 3 of the biggest and most common work from home scams that have been around for a long time and are still going today…

1. The Stuffing Envelopes Scam

Filling and addressing envelopes for direct advertising was something that used to be outsourced to homeworkers decades ago, before the invention of word processing and mass mailing machines. These days it is virtually all done by mailing companies. They can print addresses to look like handwriting if that is what the advertiser wants, and they can do thousands of envelopes quickly and cheaply.

If you see an advertisement telling you to send money (usually around $5 to $10 or so) to find out how to make money at home by stuffing envelopes, it will probably be a scam. All you will receive is a letter telling you to put up ads similar to what you just responded to and have people send you money to find out how to work from home by stuffing envelopes, so that you can send them the same letter. That is if anybody even replies. Do NOT ever fall for one of these!

2. The Pyramid Scheme Scam

Pyramid schemes are based around the idea that you pay a sum of money, say $20, then recruit 10 people who pay you, so you make $180 profit. For example; you have probably seen a chain letter or email that tells you to send a certain amount to the person at the top of a list, then add your name to the bottom of the list and send the letter on to everybody that you know. That is a pyramid scheme that you should avoid. Pyramid schemes are illegal and can get you in a lot of trouble and some hefty fines. They are not worth it!

These are different from multi-level marketing (MLM) programs where you may again aim to recruit a certain number of customers but they are buying a product. Often they are confused with each other but they are not the same thing (usually). If people are buying a product or service that is worth the money, it’s generally OK. If they are just handing over money for nothing, it’s an illegal pyramid scam.

3. The Computer Software Scam

This is an updated version of the old work from home scams where you would be sold expensive equipment that would enable you to do some highly skilled job that you were told was in high demand. For example, when doctors began having to submit claims electronically in the USA a demand grew up for people to do that for them. They didn’t want to have to buy the special software themselves and then have their skilled nursing staff waste time entering data.

So companies that made this type of software began marketing it as something that you could do at home. A lot of people fell for it, bought the software and then found they had no clients. The doctors were all giving their business to large, reputable data entry companies. They didn’t want random home workers to have access to their patients’ confidential records. The aspiring home workers were out a lot of money and wasted time. Be suspicious if you see an ad that says something like, “Buy this and make $XX,XXX amount of money by using it” or whatever. Is there really a demand for the skills that you will have? If not, it could be a scam.

The above work from home scams and variations of them are very common so keep your eye out and don’t fall for any of them. The are many versions of these scams so don’t be surprised if you get pitched one that isn’t exactly the same as described above, but you should still be able to spot it by the similarities.

Ramblings Of An IM Junkie – Make A Million Dollars Tomorrow!

Yes, you read the title right. Make a million dollars tomorrow. Are you ready?

Would you like that in 10’s and 20’s, or should I sent it to you in food stamps?

Okay, I’m obviously kidding. However, I have to tell you… there are many people online who actually get into the Home Business Biz and expect to get rich overnight. How do I know that?

Get a load of this section from an email that I received just the other day…

“Look, I know that this make money thing can’t be all that hard. I mean I see people raking in a fortune all over the place. So just give me a couple of things I can do that’ll bring me in $20k this month.”

I almost fell to the floor with laughter. Sure buddy, when hell freezes over!

The truth is, this is the mentality I run into ALL over the place and it never ends. New people get into the world of making money online and think it’s going to be a cakewalk.

News Flash… It is NO cakewalk!

This year marks the 5th anniversary of me running my own home business and making money online. My first year I think I made about $10,000 total and it took a couple years before I was able to make an income that would allow me to live off it, and even then it was tight. And this was working my ass off every spare minute I had day and night.

Last year, for the first time, I broke 6 figures profit for the year. And no… it was NOT easy!

Running your own business is a hell of a lot of hard work and more of it than you can possibly imagine. There are things you need to learn when you’re first starting out that would boggle your mind if you knew. The truth is, if most people knew what it took BEFORE they dove in, they’d never go through with it from the beginning.

Well, I don’t know where you are in your journey, but here is a link to a product that literally has every bit of information you will need to become an internet marketing success story.

Do I guarantee it will make you a million dollars?

Hell no, I don’t! Actually, I don’t guarantee it will make you a single cent. There are FAR too many variables for me to say that. But I do know that if you are driven and follow the system, you absolutely stand a fighting chance of succeeding in this world of making money online. You just might make a million bucks by this time next year, or the year after.

Make a million dollars tomorrow?… Yeah, right. That’s not gonna happen. Sorry!

Avoiding Work at Home Scams – Here’s How

There are plenty of legitimate work at home opportunities out there for anyone looking for one, but there are also countless scams that will rob you of your time, money, dignity and your faith in whether or not you really can work from home successfully. Below are several key ways to avoid all the WAH scams out there…

Do your due diligence

Know exactly who you are dealing with before you get involved with them. Many companies do not actually hire you directly – instead they sell you a list of other companies that MIGHT hire you, or they might just be trying to recruit you into an opportunity or something else like that. Make sure you know what you are getting in to.

Email them, call them, search forums and other websites for information about them, etc… Don’t stop until you have your questions fully answered. All legitimate companies will be happy to answer your questions, so it’s a huge red flag if they won’t.

Stay grounded

Don’t get some pie in the sky dream or kid yourself that you’re going to quickly make a lot of money in your new work at home venture. A work at home job is still a “job” and requires you to work to gradually increase your income.

Never answer unsolicited (spam) emails

Spammers are the scum of the earth and you will never do yourself any good by opening or answering one of their emails. Anytime you see an email offering you some work at home opportunity, ask yourself where the email came from. How did the sender find you? Did you sign up to receive these notifications, or might it be spam? Does it address you personally? Does it mention a referral from anyone you know? Is it written professionally or is it full of spelling and grammar mistakes?

If you just get a random email offering you work, money, or saying you won something there is a high chance it’s a scam or a virus or something else you don’t want. I recommend not even opening these emails. I never do!

Never pay for a work at home job

If you’re doing a job, you should be getting paid for it, not the other way around. A legitimate company looking to hire you will not ask you for money to get the job. There are legitimate home based business opportunities that you will usually have to pay to be a part of. But that’s something completely different. If you are looking for an actual “job” that you do online (not a home business) then you shouldn’t ever pay for it.

Ask for references

Ask around job forums and find several other people who are already doing the work you’re considering taking on. Talk to them to see if it really is what it professes to be and, even more importantly, whether they’re satisfied with the results. Also ask whether or not they feel that the company has been keeping their promises and paying for the work.

Check the law

Make sure you don’t get yourself tangled up in some illegal scheme that you’ll later regret for more reasons than one. Find out if you need to obtain a certification or a license in order to do the proposed work legally. You may also want to make sure your local zoning board permits you to operate a business from your home (if relevant).

More Tips For Avoiding The WAH Job Scams

There are many red flags that say to me, “This job is a scam!” when I see them. And when I refer to jobs, I mean the one that has an employer, but you do it from home.

Here’s a list of what to look for to avoid the work at home job scams.

1. If it looks to good to be true, then it usually is. Always go with your gut instincts. If you’re questioning it because something looks fishy or just doesn’t seem right, then most likely it’s a scam. Ask around the various work at home forums or type in your favorite search engine the company’s name+scam.

2. Earn tons of money in a short amount of time. You will see $300-$500+ in just 2-3 hours per day or something more outrageous than that. Doesn’t ask for resume or job skills or experience. Um… NOT! Seriously, if you can make that kind of money, why aren’t we all doing it?

3. Loud, colorful, screaming websites. A lot of hype and not much else. Websites that are the colors of the rainbow, have highlighted words, bold and huge fonts cannot possibly be taken seriously.

4. Training materials or registration fees. This is a sure sign it’s a scam. Legitimate employers do not ask for fees! Though there are exceptions to this rule such as background checks and equipment required for the job.

5. Free email address. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a scam. Many legitimate employers use a free email address to avoid clogging up their company’s email system, but it should at least make you think and look into it further.

6. Free webhosting. Many scammers will use free web hosts. I know of only a few legit companies that use a free webhost. With that said, it’s not an absolute guarantee that it is a scam but it does jump out as a red flag because if they can’t pay for web hosting, how are they suppose pay you?

7. No contact information. There should be at least an email address, a phone (or toll-free) number or physical address.

8. Poorly written English. This is tip off. Almost a sure sign it’s a scam or at least worth investigating more.

9. Money processing. No. No. No. Never accept any jobs that require you to accept payment into your account for transfer later to another bank account.

10. Stuffing envelopes. Again, no such thing. This one has been around the block many times and is very well-known as bullshit!

Anyway, these are just some of the main signs to avoid. Always do your due diligence and never be desperate because that is when you will fall prey to scams.

Ok now you have some tips to help you avoid scams of all kinds in the WAH world. Don’t let yourself get involved in any work at home scams. If you do you will find yourself out money, time and maybe even in trouble with the law. Knowing how to identify these scams before you fall victim to one will save you a lot of headaches ahead of time.