Resources for investigating a home business opportunity

Is it a scam?

Don't rely on gossip boards or he said she said unreliable information.  Get the facts!

 

The internet is full of good things but it is easy for anyone to post what might seem to be good advice or information that is false or misleading.  The fact is, you can get bad advice and miss information from many sites on the internet.  Many times these sites are self serving sites with an ulterior motive.  If you are making a decision as important as working at home, what company to work with, what products or services are out there, or who and what is legitimate go to reputable and verifiable business organizations to get your fact right!

Resources for checking out a company:

  • The local government consumer affairs office and Better Business Bureau in your area. They can inform you if complaints have been lodged against the company you're dealing with.
  • Your State Attorney General's Office or the Attorney General's Office in the state where the company is located.
  • The local postmaster. The U.S. Postal Service investigates fraudulent mail practices.
  • Report your experience to the advertising office of the publication, radio or television station that ran the ad you answered.
  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It cannot help resolve individual disputes, but it can take action if there is evidence of a pattern of deceptive or unfair practices. To register a complaint, write to Correspondence Branch, FTC, Washington, D.C. 20580; or call (202) 326-2222.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Check to see if a company is a member. 
  • The National Fraud Information Center. To get updates on the latest frauds, scams, or to report a fraud (or suspected fraud), write to The National Fraud Information Center, P.O. Box 65868, Washington, D.C. 20035, (800) 876-7060.
  • The Better Business Bureau. Check their site for tips and local offices in your area.
  • Netscams.com posts Internet scams and viruses.
  • Direct Selling Association  Find out how long a business has been around and who they are.
  • ScamBusters lists all kinds of scams, including urban legends and area code frauds.

 

Chambers of Commerce, home-based business groups, the U.S. Small Business Administration's small business development and women's business development centers, all can help you get the information you'll need to start a successful (and legitimate) venture of your own!

 

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The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.
- Peter Drucker