Okay, so you're ready to kiss your day job goodbye. Great. You go to the internet, enter your search and wow! Millions of websites at your fingertips: “Buy my system and get free money" or “Turn your paperweight into a money making machine". . . . . The possibilities seem endless. But how do you know who really wants to see you succeed, and who just wants a quick buck? Working online may be more trouble than it's worth. Or is it?
First, do your homework. A lot of the “make money on the internet" sites will draw you in with the hopes and dreams of making huge amounts of money with little to no effort. This just isn't possible. If you want that, buy a lottery ticket or marry rich. For a successful online business you have to give a little to get a lot.
If you happen upon a website offering you a work at home opportunity, do what I did. In your browser's search bar, enter the name of the system followed by the word “scam". What you will end up with is a list of all the sites that offer that system, as well as sites by people who have been burned by it! If there are more than a few sites from people who were really scammed (and not just unwilling to put the effort in), click away from that site and stay away.
Even better, visit a site that reviews the best online business opportunities, by someone who has personally tested them. They can honestly let you know at a glance which programs are worth investing in.
I wish I had done this in the beginning when I started my quest to make money online. I don't even want to think of how much money I've kissed goodbye, and I certainly won't tell my husband!
The good systems are VERY few and far between, and by looking them up this way, you may also find websites by people who have tried, been scammed, and then succeeded. This is a much more reliable way to weed out the good systems from those who want to take your money and run.
Also, don't just think that by paying someone for their system that your work is done. The good ones contain tons of useful information to help you be successful, and will guide you step by step to make sure that what they promise is what you get. I know first hand that you need to log some time at your computer to get everything running smoothly before you can walk away and make money without thinking about it. But the work you put in will definitely be worth it. And much better than sitting in some cubicle working for someone else!
I know it's exciting and sometimes overwhelming. Everybody has something to sell you that will claim to get you the big bucks. If you're not careful, you could lose. But by arming yourself with a little bit of knowledge, you could end up with everything you ever wanted.
Ingrid Tiessen writes for various publications about online business. Visit her review of the best opportunities at http://ingrid.thebestbizreview.com