I am a Christian, so I believe the best way to reveal deception is through prayer. If you are looking at a “home business” and it looks appealing to you, pray about it. Ask God to give you a peace about it. He will give you an anwer.
There are some other simple ways to see if an “opportunity” is legitimate:
If you are being pressured to make a quick decision, be careful.
Look for a phone number, and call it. Send an email with a specific question, and see if the response is personal, and answers at least part of your question. Spend some time talking with the person you are going to be working with. Look for a physical address, or home office address. If you are having a problem getting in touch with real people, look elsewhere.
Look into the business yourself, and dont pay much attention to other ads or negative things said about the company on the internet. Why? Shouldnt that be important? NO. What many people dont realize is that almost all negativity about ANY business on the internet is placed there by other marketers. It is a tactic used to perfection by poititians: Always put your competitor in a negative light, say bad things about them whether they are true or not. Create D-O-U-B-T.
If a business owner or representative can place some d-o-u-b-t in a prospects mind about a competitor, he will have an easier time convincing he/she that “xyz business is much better than abc”.
Legitimate business takes work, and not everyone is successful. Actually a very high percentage of people fail in all kinds of business. Ive had people tell me that Advantage Conferences, the company that I represent is a scam. The reason for saying that was basically “most people wont make much money, if any”. This statement, “most people wont make much money, if any”, holds true for virtually every direct marketing, mlm, home based business out there. How much money you or I make in a given business has nothing to do with whether it is a “scam” or not.
People use the word “scam” improperly also. Some business models just aren’t very good. Sometimes the product isnt good enough. Many pay plans out there, especially in the MLM world make it very hard to build a business. None of these things make xyz company a scam.
About The Author
Kurt Gren is a business owner and Christian Entrepreneurial Mentor. To learn more about Kurt, go to http://sowinggenerously.blogspot.com