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There are several home-based online businesses. So which are scams and which ones are legitimate? Many times, if it sounds too good to be true, it generally is a scam.

It is possible to avoid home-based-business scams. One idea is to do a search with the company name + scams. If there are many results, avoid that particular company. Keep in mind that sometimes scam reports do not mean the company is a scam. Few people take the time to learn about the company and assume it is a scam. Operating a home-based business is hard work and requires patience and perseverance. If you are willing to put in the hours and work hard, you can make money. Choose a line of work you are comfortable with and know. Research your options so that you do not just jump on the first one that comes your way.

Look for an address and telephone number on the website. If the phone number is a 900 number, skip it. If not, call and see if you can talk to a real person, especially if you have read everything on the site and it interests you.

Look for testimonials. If there are none, find out if they can provide you with some legitimate referrals. If they cannot, it is probably illegitimate as home-based business scams rarely display or provide testimonials. Look for any kind of history. There are a few sites that will give you information on a business, such as whether or not it has a sketchy history and how long they have been in business. The Better Business Bureau can help you. Check their site for the business. Make sure you check nationally, too, because they may not be just operating in your city or state.

Does the business provide training and support. Find out if you can test their telephone support. It is better if you can talk to someone, so leave a message and wait. If they call back within a day, they are probably not a scam. If the job is stuffing envelopes, typing at home, or reading email programs, then it is a home-based business scam.

If you have any outstanding questions about the reputation of a company, then the business is probably not a scam. If you do have any unanswered questions, and no one can seem to answer them, then it is a home-based business scam.

Often, most illegitimate home-based businesses are sales oriented. These businesses will have you sell products or services at a lower price and that you will receive a percentage of the sale. The percentage is quite low and will not make you any significant amount of cash unless you make lots of sales or bring in more representatives for the company.

Scams are easy to spot once you learn how they operate, what they offer, and what they tell you they can do for you. If more and more people did not buy into this type of business, these illegitimate companies would eventually die. However, as they are getting more and more sophisticated as the years pass, they bring in more and more people every day.

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