No matter where you turn or where you look there is always a scam going on. Business opportunities are one of the most abundant of all scams. One of the biggest types of work opportunity that is going around is craft making scams. Many people fall into this type of scam because they want to work at home and spend more time with their families. Learn how to notice and avoid falling victim to such scammers.
Work at home assembly and craft scams are abundant, even though they usually sound real and completely legit. Here is how they work:
These types of scams usually are advertised through window ads, bulletin boards, local magazines and papers and widely on the internet. They claim that they need workers to fulfil a part or full time position in creating craft or assembling items such as envelopes, dolls, toys, clothing, cards and other related items, stating that they will pay you top dollar per each item. These scam companies usually work in one of two ways.
The first one is that they will send you all the materials and instructions you need to create or assemble the items they ask.
The second of these types of scams is when they ask you to pay for the materials, which can usually go into the hundreds of dollars. After they have received your payment they will send you the materials and the instructions you need. Most of the times the materials you receive or there lack of, will be shoddy and usually impossible to make anything decent from.
In both versions of this scam, once you have finished making the products you will send them back to the company and wait for a check in the mail. Most times you will not receive a check but instead a letter stating that your craftsmanship did not pass their quality checking test and therefore they can not sell the items.
In the first scam they will sell your items, the ones that weren’t good enough to sell, and make a tidy profit on them.
In the second scam, they are not interested in selling your items in the first place, hence the shoddy materials. Their only interest is in getting your payment for the materials.
Scams such as these, you can usually smell a mile away. Here are some things to look for and do to make sure that you don’t fall victim to them.
Beware of any business opportunities that ask for lots of money up front, even if it is refundable.
The above also applies for opportunities that state that you can make a lot of money and start you business for free.
Don’t go with companies that say you can make a lot of money in a very short period of time.
If something sounds too good to be true, then more often then not they probably are.
If you do think a company is legit but want to make sure, do a little bit of research. Check with your state to see if they are registered. Check on the internet to see what others who have worked for them say.
If you have crafts that you want to sell, there are plenty of ways that you can sell it yourself.
Talk to local craft outlets and see if they would like to buy your crafts from you or will display them in their store.
Set up a stall at the markets or a craft show and sell them yourself.
Start your own business from home and do all the set up yourself.
Taking steps to do it yourself is the best way to starting your own home business. This way you will know that everything is legit and that the money is going in your pocket. If you don’t have the resources to start your own home business and want to use a business opportunity to help get you started, there are a lot of legit ones out there. Sometimes they are hard to find beneath all the scams, but they are out there. While looking for such a business opportunity take all the precautions, keep an eye out and know all of the latest scams to keep your self from falling victim to them.