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Some Overrated “Work From Home” Offers: Part 2

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Some Overrated “Work From Home” Offers: Part 2


We’ve seen a few kinds of work from home offers that are often hyped online as excellent ways to make money but very often end up producing results that were far less than what they buyer would expect. And in many of these cases those involved have actually lost money instead of making any. While there are definitely many perfectly legitimate work from home opportunities which can help people earn money online from the comfort of their home, one needs to be very careful in evaluating the programs that they join. Think of how an experienced investor or business man would act when investigating a million dollar business opportunity. They would check out every detail of the deal, as well as the people behind it, to make sure that any claims that were made are actually true. What you need to do is similar.

Here are a few other examples of home based business opportunities that are often little more than hype:

  • Product Distribution

This shares some similarities with multi level or network marketing, but is actually a different business model. While you may get bonuses or commissions if you recruit new people into the business, the main focus here is to sell the actual products to consumers interested in them. This doesn’t mean, however, that the deal is going to be 100% legitimate and profitable. What you first need to do is to look at the products that you’re going to be selling. Is it something that people will really want to buy and keep buying in the long term, or is it just a “fad” product that will go out of style in a few months, if not weeks? What prices are you going to pay the supplier for the product and at what prices will you be able to sell it? Is there a real market for the product and which distribution channels can you use to sell it (online auctions, classifieds, e-commerce, physical kiosks/stores, etc)? You need to find an answer to all of these questions before you should jump into such an opportunity.

Also, you should be wary of any company that requires you to make a large bulk order before you can begin distributing the product. Very often, people who failed to pay close attention and get answers to the above questions have run into big problems. They ended up with a garage full of nearly worthless items that they simply had no way of selling at a profit, either online or offline.

When you sell physical items, you will also need to take into considerations the related costs of selling the products when you calculate the potential profits you can make. These costs include advertising fees, payment processing fees, online auction charges and more. While they may seem easy to ignore at first, the reality is that they can affect your profit margins in a significant way.

Tomorrow, we will take a look at some more work from home opportunities to watch out for.

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