Work from Home Scams you Should Know

The internet is full of Scams on working from home opportunities. Almost every single one of them is too good to be true. Remember a small sentence saying ‘If it is too good to be true – it probably isn’t true.’ There are no ‘Get Rich Fast Methods available’, stop believing that shit. Isn’t happening.

OK. Let’s get started…

2 Basic Types of Scams

People using both types are the worst, they aim at people wanting to earn a little extra (good) money by working hard…

  1. Let you work from home: craft assembly, small tasks like envelope stuffing,… and you will get paid by ‘a company’ as an employee. Don’t get me wrong, there are legitimate companies out there offering jobs like that. Just always be aware please.
  2. ‘Help’ you to start your online business. Can be, for example, as a mystery shopper, or a network marketeer or any other business where the only money you will see is the money the scammer pockets.

How is it possible that those scams are so popular?

Well certainly the ‘make money fast’ is very attractive. A dream for many of us – I mean, how easy can it be? Right? Wrong! But even worse than that, scammers focus on particular groups of people:

  • The elderly, the sick and the disabled: often facing problems with money and so looking to make a little extra cash online.
  • The stay-at-home parent, or the single parent: same problem as the group above.
  • The low-income or no-income group: idem dito
  • The low education person: indeed, same reason here.

That is just what is scandalous about scammers – they have no conscious whatsoever, and they do not care about you, or your family. Not a single bit. Never forget.

So watch out for the following job opportunities you might find online (always do your proper research – and do it well!):

Craft Assembly

The Scam will ask you to create toys: like dolls, or any other craft project you could do from home. And you will get paid a high per-piece price. You just have to pay an up-front fee (What the Heck??) to get started. Folks, there is no way that a legitimate company will ask you to pay an up-front fee to get you started. They will pay you when you deliver a finished product. Easy as that!

Email Processing

For a low price as low as – something between – $50 – $100, you can become a ‘highly-paid’ email processor working from the comfort of your home, determining your own working hours and stuff like that.

So, what do you have to do? Probably you think you have to edit and forward the edited email to people and/or companies. That should be ok, indeed. BUT, that is not what you be doing in this kind of scams… No, no, no, what you get here (for the low price you paid up-front) are instructions on how to duplicate the same spam and publish it into newsgroups, on social media or web forums. You’ll become a scammer, just like that. you’ll be using the same scam message to get other people falling for the same trap you did. So, DON’T.

A List of Companies Looking for Homeworkers!

For a small, yes indeed again, fee of around $50, you’ll get a list of well-known companies looking for homeworkers.

Only problem: the list contains companies (indeed, well-known) but not looking for homeworkers, or did that a long, long time ago. Don’t expect to get your money back here. That $50 is gone!

Typing At Home

In scams, you’ll always have to start with spending money in order to be able to get some homework. That alone indicates it is probably a scam. Keep that in mind.

So, how does this one goes? After you send the little amount of money to get you started (what the heck), you’ll receive a disk and some information on pdf (so you can print it out). The information will tell you to place the same ‘typing from home’ kind of ads, sell copies of the disk to the suckers who reply to you. Yes indeed, you will be the scammer. That will be your working at home job…. The scam turnes people into scammers. Don’t!

You can find some good typing jobs when you register on microjob platforms:

Just to name a few, but probably I listed the best and most valuable platforms. If not, you can always comment and I’ll include the name(s). The more established and widely known, legitimate working platforms there are, the better for the people who want to work from home.

Turn Your Computer Into a Money-Making Machine

People, no offense, but never and I mean really never, will your computer turn into a Money-Making Machine. I know, I watched the damn thing for hours and hours, days and days, months and months… never changed a single thing.

Things like that – simply aren’t real. Never. Don’t fall for it.

The above mentioned scams are the most common ones online. But there are so many more. Just remember:

  • If you have to pay up-front – probably a scam. You shouldn’t be paying to work. They should pay you for the work you’ve done. The other way around = probably a big, big, big scam.
  • There is no ‘Get Rich Fast’ method and Hell no will your computer ever be a ‘Money Making Machine’. Banks will not like that – all that competition. Just NOT Happening!

When you keep those 2 rules into your mind all the time when looking for online working opportunities, chances are you won’t fall for scams easily. But again, every day new ones arrive… So always be on the look out (Yes, unfortunately, we live in a world were you should do that).

And if you really want to be sure, subscribe to the microjob platforms I mentioned in this post. All free to sign-up. You can create your own services, your own prices, and stuff like that.

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To Guide you – A Simple Sales Funnel for Beginners

As a small child I wanted to make some money. I can remember being 7 or 8 and thinking I could wash cars. I put on what I assumed was typical car washing gear: a neon green bathing suit, Spiderman rubber boots, a plastic spaceman helmet with tinted visor, and a nice floral print pair of gardening gloves.

I got together a bucket, a sponge, washcloth, and squeegee. I unwound my parent’s garden hose, and dragged everything down to the end of our driveway. And waited… and waited… We lived on a very quiet crescent when I was growing up. Not much car traffic, great for a family with small children, not great for a budding car wash entrepreneur.

I got together a bucket, a sponge, washcloth, and squeegee. I unwound my parent’s garden hose, and dragged everything down to the end of our driveway. And waited… and waited…

We lived on a very quiet crescent when I was growing up. Not much car traffic, great for a family with small children, not great for a budding car wash entrepreneur.

I’m sure you can guess how much money that I made that day. I remember the disappointment. The cars that did turn down our street didn’t stop, not one pulled into our driveway to pay for a car wash. Instead the drivers would look at a little spaceman wearing Spiderman rubber boots waving a washcloth with his floral gardening gloves, and continue driving.

After some time I gathered all my gear, dragged it back to the house, threw it in the corner of the garage, went to my room and escaped in some videogame. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I learned a valuable lesson that day.

Let’s assume that I had the greatest car washing skills in the world, how would anyone have known?

I had a terrible location, no way of telling people what I was doing, and no way of converting traffic into customers.

I didn’t have a plan.

The lesson that I learned years later, is that you need a plan.

The sales funnel is your plan. A sales funnel is the ‘why’ behind every action you will do.

Before you pick a domain name, build a website, get an email list, or fire up your social media accounts, it’s beneficial to understand why you are doing all of these things.

What exactly is a Sales Funnel?

A sales funnel is your plan for turning traffic into customers.

It is the ideal path that you want your customers to follow as they go from visitor, to prospective customer, to paying customer. The purpose of a sales funnel is to increase the likelihood of converting visitors into customers.

It’s called a sales funnel for the same reason that you use a funnel when changing your oil – you don’t want to spill any oil, so you use the funnel. Likewise, you don’t want to “spill” any customers so you try to funnel them through your content and provide opportunities for them to purchase your products.

How does a Sales Funnel Work?

The idea is to get attention, garner interest and increase desire, and then encourage action.

The top of the funnel is the widest part of the funnel. The top of the funnel only has 1 goal – to capture as much attention as possible. Off-Site Content, Social Media, and SEO are methods for getting your brand out there.

Off-Site Content includes guest posting, posting in forums, and commenting on other blogs. These activities provide opportunities for more people to become aware that you are an authority figure in your niche.

Social Media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google +, are powerful sites that allow you to reach a large amount of people, while creating backlinks. Backlinks are arguably the most important aspect of SEO.

Search Engine Optimization is the art of getting your website noticed and ranking in a search engine.

The second level of the sales funnel is where the funnel begins to grow smaller; it is all about garnering interest from prospective customers and increasing the desire of your prospective customers.

This is done by showing prospective customers that you have an answer to their specific problem, in other words – you will add value. On-Site Content educates potential customers about who you are and how you can help. This level of engagement is more targeted as the people viewing your site are there for a reason. You need to be able to show your authority and offer solutions. Creating excellent content and high-value free eProducts such as cheat sheets, tutorials, and how-to guides, are excellent ways of selling yourself as a trustworthy authority figure that will solve specific problems.

The bottom of the sales funnel is all about building trust in order to encourage action. The prospective client knows about the site, understands the value that you offer, and is in a position to be converted into a paying customer. At this point potential customers have opted-in to your email subscription list; they trust you enough to give you permission to contact them via email.

How do I Create a Sales Funnel?

A sales funnel for a beginner needs to be simple. It’s of little value looking at all the shiny objects that are out there and getting distracted, overwhelmed, and frustrated; we need to figure out an easy and effective method for selling things.

It is counterproductive to create complicated sales funnels with trip wires, upsells, and downsells. Once you understand the fundamentals you can build upon them and add increasing levels of sophistication. The goal here is to teach you how to sell something on the internet.

Your sales funnel will use SEO and Social Media to increase traffic; excellent on-site content and free eProducts will show your authority and incentivize visitors to give you permission to communicate with them via email. The products that you will sell will be affiliate products reviewed and recommended in your content and in your emails.

So never forget, begin at the beginning: A sales funnel is your plan for turning traffic into customers.

 

Why Should you Create a Blog?

Because it is challenging!

When you challenge yourself you force yourself to grow, you force yourself to learn new things, and you force yourself to develop new skills. Learning new things and developing new skills will make you happy.

You will learn how to register a domain name, to write, and to create an email subscription list. You will learn affiliate marketing techniques, how social media can widen your readership while creating backlinks, and what Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is.

Most importantly, you will learn that you can do whatever you want. Your confidence will grow because you are learning, creating, and making a difference in people’s lives.

Real people will read what you write, it will affect them, it will influence them, and it will help them. By creating content that makes a difference in people’s lives, you will create new opportunities for yourself.

Blogging is growing. It’s about learning, making mistakes, and learning more. And let’s not forget the possibility of making money from your blog. Lots of people supplement their income with a blog, and some people blog for a living.

Whatever your goal is, you can make it happen. Remember what Henry Ford said: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”