How To Avoid Scams For Starting An Online Business.
Have you at any point in your life sought to start an online business yet was simply too afraid, making it impossible to act due to the risk of being scammed?
I definitely can identify with your concern.
I’ve had my share of succumbing to scams offering success by profiting online through the use of programs, products, and services.
I’m not saying all that you see on the web are scams however tragically an excessive number seem to be.
For this reason, have I had read something to the sort of “How to avoid scams for starting an online business” when I began, my experience could have been less agonizing. But unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure of receiving any guidance.
And to briefly give a reason why I fell victim to the scam was due to the overwhelming amount of information on the web which I will cover later.
Now, let me share my experience with you. As I recall, the first scam I fell victim, with respect to starting an online business, was with the WAH or Work-At-Home back in 2015.
I remember they had a convincing site which had a video clip of what seemed to be a news reporter giving extremely high praise. And, along with the testimonials and endorsements, I thought it was valid.
I believe, if I recall correctly, it sold for $199.00 US dollars. But after viewing and studying the site, as I tried to leave the site, I could not exit. Rather, a popup came up and the price dropped lower.
I now attempted to close the popup and still, the price dropped even lower. Once more, I attempted and a similar outcome, lower.
Yet again I tried to exit and finally, it stopped at $69.00 dollars and immediately, a timer appears and began a countdown. As the time was ticking down I paused for several minutes to think to myself, and I thought, “I may miss out on a good deal.”
So, convincing myself “It’s only $69.00 dollars and what could possibly go wrong?” I talked and persuaded myself into purchasing before the time ran out.
Believe me, scammers are pros when it comes to playing with the mind. Well, at least, my mind, anyway.
Justifying to myself, having made the investment, I started with the training and hoped it would be worthwhile. But as I went through the training, little by little, I’ve discovered it wasn’t up to date.
Due to the changes made by Google, Yahoo, Bing, and others during the past 10 years, the training was outdated and their methods were no longer allowed. I cannot say for sure if their training was intentionally and deliberately made this useless way or became this way due to negligence.
But regardless of why it was this way, their training was simply pointless and useless. So, I immediately brought to their attention to the issue and they conveniently referred me to their private coaches/mentors.
Upon contact with the coach/mentor, I was revolted to find out, for their services I’ll be charged by the hour and how much they quoted wasn’t cheap.
At this point, thinking it could cost me a fortune, I decided to finish their useless training in hopes of picking up something useful. However, with no luck of unearthing anything beneficial, I had an aspiration for only one choice for redemption and that was to pursue to get my money back.
In hindsight, knowing what I know now have I proceeded with the program, I would have paid thousands just for the private coaching alone and this did not include others costs which I’ll go over later.
Yet, all things considered, it seems I made the right decision not to proceed because they’re no longer in business and the site WorkAtHome.com is up for sale for $10,000,000 dollars. Can you believe? That’s ten million.
After this experience, I tried to be more careful, patient and always ready to do my due diligence before taking any action.
Nevertheless, too much research and due diligence can also have its disadvantages because there’s an excess of data on the world wide web. And, sooner or later the information one is seeking for clarity can overwhelm the individual. With such a great amount of data to review, it’s anything but difficult to get information overload. Of which was one of the primary reason why I fell for the scam in the first place.
This excessive amount of data now become a deterrent and exacerbate the situation. Because of the constant verifying to see if the product or service is genuine, can even lead you to question the legitimacy of a valid company. It’s hard enough on itself depending on a verifiable company yet having to prove if they’re authentic can be a daunting and time-consuming task.
We are restricted to 24 hours in a day which sometimes isn’t sufficient on the grounds that we have other important activities in our lives. Who has all day only for researching and validating, let alone searching specifically for “How to avoid scams for starting an online business?” Isn’t that right?
However, sadly, for a large number of us, we experience this day by day, week by week, month to month and even yearly in any desire for finding the ideal organization. It took me several months to locate the ideal place and that is simply because I’ve dedicated to completely devote my time to search for that fitting community.
Understand, it’s not about surfing the web and lucking out in spotting the perfect group. It’s about actually testing and experimenting with, to check whether they’re keeping their promise.
What’s more, as I specified, things can get extremely overwhelming, befuddling and time-consuming trying to prove if the organizations are genuine.
Which leads me to say, I have experienced what many of you are going through now and can relate to you. And for the past several years, having an online business up and running, I’ve read many of comments and remarks on “How for so long I’ve been looking and searching for a place like this.”
However, before I get to that, let me give you a clear idea of what it takes to get an online / internet business up, running and ready to make money.
The cost in US dollars:
I need to emphasize now, please keep in mind, anyone and everyone doing business online utilizing a website, all must employ what I have listed above. That’s including the multi-billion dollar companies like eBay, Walmart, Target or any other companies or individuals that use a website to do business. And, there is No Exception.
As should be obvious from the rundown above, someone new to the online / internet business world would have a difficult time knowing precisely what to do first. And, that was the way it was for me at the outset and consequently, I was extremely defenseless against scams.
As mentioned, In the event, have I had read something as to the nature of what I’m relaying to you on “how to avoid scams”, it could have incredibly lessened my odds of falling for these lies.
Notwithstanding my experience and as for how someone new can have a troublesome time disentangling what I’ve listed above, here’s a brief notice of what you must grasp concerning how scammer exploit.
The first Red Flag you need to watch out and avoid is anything and everything that leads you to believe making money online is Easy. I’m sorry to say IT IS NOT EASY!!
At all costs, you MUST AVOID Get-Rich-Quick schemes because no one gets rich quick. Including the scammers themselves. Like the company I have dealt with eventually, they get caught or forced out.
Second, if you see pictures on the website of the owner with flashy cars, luxurious homes, stacks of money and anything that shows how successful the person is, beyond the norm, be very cautious. Because most if not all of the time it’s a lie.
In addition, if you happen to see ANY terms used to insinuate Guaranteed, Total, Complete, Absolute, etc. SUCCESS is a Red Flag.
Plus, be very careful with those promising to give you your money-back or for a full refund. Expect to fight for your money back.
Once again I repeat please remember, due to the nature of how complicated it can be to start an online / internet business the scammers will make every effort to emphasize “Making Money Online is Quick and Easy.” And again and again, I reiterate, IT IS NOT EASY…
I could go on and on about the scammers but let me stop here. If you have any question, comment or reply regarding scammers please feel free to leave me a message at the end of this page. I’ll be more than happy to get back to you.
I hope at this point I have supplied you with some insight on the process of starting an online business but I’m not here just for the reasons I’ve explained and outlined above.
I’m here for those of you who have been looking and searching for that Ideal Place. For those of you who are interested and ready to take action in learning and building your own online business.
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Please refer to the comparison below.
On the off chance, if you decide to start an online business on your own or through an alternate source, as I have brought to your attention above. You’ll incur costs and not to mention the essential pieces required to manage and operate your online business.
Let’ take a look once again to see how many on the list are incorporated in the Premium Membership.
- Website: $0 to $1000 (25 Free)
- Domain name: $.99 to $100+ yearly (Free or for custom $13.99)
- Web Hosting: $3 to $100+ monthly (Included)
- Training, Support, and Guidance: $100 to $1000+ yearly (Included)
- Search Engine Optimization: $100 to $300 per hour (Training Included)
- Software set-up and maintenance: $120+ per hour (Included)
- Continued Website Maintenance: $500+ yearly (Included)
- Business Email Address: $.99 to $100+ monthly (Included)
- Website Shopping Cart: $10 to $3,000 monthly (NO)
- SSL: Secure Sockets Layer: $10 to $100+ yearly (Included)
- Merchants Account: 1% to 4.5% of transaction (NO)
- Autoresponder: $10 to $100+ monthly (NO)
- Media, Video, and Audio for a website: $0 to $100+ yearly (NO)
- Keyword research: $100+ yearly (Included)
- Copywriting: $10 to $100+ per hour (NO)
- Grammar check/ Editor: $0 to $100+ yearly (Included)
- Advertisement: i.e. Pay Per Click (PPC): $.01+ per click (NO)
- Marketing Your Website Online: $100+ monthly (NO)
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