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Make Money Blogging, Answering Surveys and Other Promises
While on the hunt for the best work from home sites, eBooks and ways to make money blog posts, the consumer is sure to also run across work from home opportunities that are not legit. In other cases, these work from home jobs may be entirely on the up and up, but the projected income is vastly overstated.
The Better Business Bureau(1) (BBB) identifies seniors, consumers with disabilities, stay-at-home moms, low income workers and those with few marketable skills as premier targets for less than reputable work from home sites. Another segment of the target audience is the consumer in search of "get rich quick" opportunities.
The discerning would-be entrepreneur may unwittingly get caught up in sites advertising home based business opportunities that may not be what they appear. Learning how to recognize solid websites, eBooks and blogs that assist in the entrepreneur’s desire to run a business from home is a crucial first step.
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Honing Consumer Awareness
While trying to learn how to make money online, consumers may actually lose some of it. According to the BBB, would-be entrepreneurs may join the ranks of those who lost between $10 and even $70,000, destroy a budding reputation as a solid entrepreneur by selling substandard or perhaps even dangerous items or incur legal liabilities by unwittingly engaging in fraud.
It is wise to avoid work from home sites or money making blogs that advertise envelope-stuffing work, piece-work that requires product assembly or invites the entrepreneur to order an eBook or CDROM that offers advice on (or leads for) ways to make extra money. Even legitimate business opportunities must be treated with great care. For example, multi-level marketing is a legitimate method of making money, but in some cases the business is actually a well-disguised – and illegal -- pyramid scheme that focuses more on recruitment and less on product sales.
The Federal Trade Commission(2) (FTC) goes a step further, and warns away the entrepreneur from any business that offers "no risk," "quick and easy" or "huge income" opportunities. The organization warns that these sites and blogs are very likely scams.
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Recognizing the Best Work from Home Sites, eBooks and Ways to Make Money Blog Posts
It is entirely possible to learn how to make money with the help of eBooks, blog posts and websites. For example, home data entry jobs for the skilled virtual assistant or virtual office operator, resale positions for the commission-only sales person, creative assignments for the freelance writer or photographer and also transcription jobs for the trained – and in some cases certificated – medical transcriptionist are utterly legitimate.
Perhaps the safest method of locating bona fide business opportunities – and the sites that advertise them – is by joining community forums made up of likeminded individuals. For example, the freelance photographer might join a photography forum sponsored by Kodak or Minolta, while the freelance writer would pick a writing/marketing community sponsored by a freelance marketer/writer forum, such as Wet Paint.
Articles, community posts and also discussions allow the would-be entrepreneurs to ask questions about possible money making blogs or work from home sites, to which other participant may respond and share their experiences. The consumer will be wise to remember that – no matter who makes the recommendation – at the end of the day the buyer must beware and apply common sense to any offers, especially if they simply sound too good to be true.
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- Better Business Bureau: “Work-at-Home Schemes" (accessed February 10, 2010)
- Federal Trade Commission: “Ads for Business Opportunities: How To Detect Deception" (accessed February 10, 2010)