- Watch out for heavily advertised business opportunities that offer lots of money for very little work, no experience, no risk and that demand immediate action. Also, be wary of opportunities offeredin spam e-mails and high-pressure sales tactics.
- Examine the ad's disclosures and learn about the business's performance.
- Prior to getting involved ask:
What tasks will I have to perform?
Will I be paid a salary or will my pay be based on commission?
Who will pay me?
When will I get my first paycheck?
What is the total cost of the work-at-home program, including supplies, equipment and membership fees?
What will I get for my money?
- Get everything in writing, especially if the opportunity is $500 or more.
- Find out if the company has received complaints by contacting local and government authorities, such as a local consumer protection agency, the attorney general's office, the FTC and the Better Business Bureau.
- Try to conduct interviews with the business promoter in person at the place of operation.
- Get recommendations from several people and try to meet them in person as well.
- Contact an attorney, accountant or other business advisor