7 Important Tips on Investigating a Business Opportunity
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Give me a break.
We'd all be millionaires if claims like the one above were true.
If you're looking for a business opportunity on the web where
scams feed on the dreams and weaknesses of everyday people, the
thing to remember is to *take your time*. Good opportunities
don't disappear overnight.
To investigate an opportunity, check out the following:
__Do You Know EXACTLY What You'll Be Doing?
Have you ever read over a business opportunity and at the end of
the article you think, 'But what am I SELLING?'
You're not alone. There are endless opportunities touted online
as being the cream of the crop, the best of the best, the
ultimate money-making opportunity destined to give you the
freedom and flexibility you desire.
They just don't tell you HOW.
Don't send money for more information. If they're not upfront
about what's involved in their opportunity, then run the other
way and don't look back.
__Can You Independently Find Others Who Are Successful?
Message boards are a fabulous source of first-hand information
from people who have been there, done that. Ask for other
people's experiences with an opportunity before you join. If you
can find a number of people who have had good experiences,
that's great. If you can't, and all you hear are negative
comments, then learn from them: even if you doggedly pursue it
and find one positive testimonial, it won't mean much if you've
heard 20 other negative comments.
__How Long Has the Opportunity Been Around?
New opportunities don't yet have a history of success. There is
no way of knowing how well the average person will do with them.
Don't worry about 'getting in on the ground floor'; it's far
better to have a solid history that shows a viable business
__Are You Selling an Opportunity or a Product?
When the focus is on earning income by signing up others, you're
part of what's known as a 'pyramid scheme'. To be brief: they're
Every opportunity should allow you to earn an decent income by
selling a product or service to customers. If it focuses
primarily on recruitment, reconsider.
__Are Claims and Testimonials Verifiable?
Is contact information provided so that you can verify a
testimonial? Can you find people who actually make what the
opportunity claims you can make?
Don't take income claims too seriously. Everyone's different,
and although one person may think it's a perfect opportunity, it
might not be for YOU. A blanket statement of 'You can make up to
$5000 a month or more' can be safely ignored. A statement of
AVERAGE earnings is more useful.
Exercise caution if an opportunity 'guarantees' that you can
make money. How could they possibly know? It is completely
beyond their control; it's your efforts, your skills, and your
motivation that determine whether or not you'll make money.
__How's the Service?
One thing I like to do is ask a bunch of questions by email or
phone (they DO have contact information posted, right?). If they
answer me quickly, courteously, and in detail, that's another
point for them. Emails that are ignored or phone calls not
returned are a bad sign; if they treat YOU that way, how do they
treat the rest of their customers? Why are they hiding?
But keep in mind that just because they may answer your emails
or phone calls, that does NOT necessarily mean that they're
__Does the Opportunity Fit YOUR Interests?
There's no point in doing something you hate (heck, some of us
left JOBS that we hated - we don't need to start a business that
we also hate!). For example, if you would rather dig out a tooth
with a butter knife than sell face- to-face, then don't join a
Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) opportunity. If you love talking to
people, look into something like party planning, children's book
sales, etc. If you're the quiet, shy type, look for
opportunities that will allow you to work nose-to-nose with your
computer most of the time. You get the idea.
Sure, it's time-consuming to do all this investigative work. But
it's a necessity: prudence and planning now may pay off by
saving you money and frustration later.
There's simply no such thing as a simple 'business in a box'.
However, there are many legitimate opportunities, both from
other companies and those of your own dreams. Happy huntin