Monday, September 1, 2008

Trust: Finding a Legitimate Business Opportunity Over the Internet

Doing business over the Internet is all about trust. We rarely meet anyone in person who we’ve formed friendships with through instant messaging or chat rooms, let alone meet the people whose businesses we join. Perhaps we can chat with someone over the phone or use instant messaging, but aren’t online business people always trying to put their best foot forward, just like any other salesperson would do? How can we know who to trust?

There are some warning signs of less-than-perfect business opportunities. One thing to look for is promises of easy money with little to no effort on your part. Every business takes work, and none can succeed without effort on the part of the owner. It is also discouraged to join a business in which your profit is dependent upon other people making purchases. A monthly order requirement in a business can be good and many legitimate businesses use this technique to create residual income for their members, however, if you are relying solely on the buying habits of individual members, profit can be difficult to realize, if it’s ever seen. There are also online sites where you can check for feedback about businesses, such as the Better Business Bureau Online or other sites that allow users to post information about scams and frauds they have encountered.

Another way to check for feedback about other businesses, as well as to meet other business professionals, is to join online forums. There is usually wonderful advice to be found on business forums. Most people there are either savvy enough to answer your questions or can evaluate a business opportunity and see the pitfalls. You also have the opportunity to form friendships and seek guidance from others who offer sound advice and belong to legitimate business opportunities. Personally, I have met wonderful people who have led me to legitimate opportunities that I would not have found otherwise.

There are always exceptions to every rule, but in general, doing your due research can save you from joining the wrong business opportunity. Use all the resources available to you, or branch out and join some new forums, make some new friendships, and see things from a different perspective. You can succeed, and you can find people to help you. It is possible to find trust in an uncertain environment.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Do Something Special for Yourself!

As working parents, we often get busy taking care of our kids, paying bills, cleaning, dealing with the pressures of work, and on and on. Do something special to make your day go a little easier. I’ve found recently that just taking a few moments to make sure that I have a favorite drink or snack to look forward to when I’m going to have a rough day at work makes a huge difference! So treat yourself – stop at the flower shop or the coffee shop on the way to work or take a special pastry or treat. You’ll notice how much better of a day you’ll have!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

DSL Modems - To Buy or Rent?

If you've ever used or considered using DSL Internet service, you've been faced with the question of whether or not to purchase the modem. Modem rental is usually very inexpensive, around $10.00 per month, but that can add up very quickly. If you're planning to continue using the DSL service for several months or years, your best bet is to buy the modem. Modems generally cost about $70.00 depending on the provider, and you'll probably be charged all of it at once, but it will pay off in the long run. After seven months, if you are renting, you will continue to pay $10.00 per month. That's $120.00 per year! We all have better things to do with our money than paying over and over again for the same modem! In my experience, buying the modem is the cost-effective thing to do.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Watch for Our New Series About Working from Home

Hi, Everyone! Soon we will be posting a series of informative articles about working from home. Have you ever wondered what it's like? Are there trade-offs and challenges? Stay tuned and find out!