What You Can Do:

Legitimate home-based promoters should tell you – in writing – exactly what’s involved in the program they’re selling. Before you commit any money to a home-based business, ask:

  • What tasks will you have to do?
  • Will you be paid a salary or will you work on commission?
  • Who will pay you?
  • When will you get your first paycheck; how much will it be?
  • How much will you have to pay for the program? Include supplies, equipment, and membership fees.
  • What will you get for the fees you have to pay?

It is important to verify any information you get from the promoter with current workers. Try to visit them in person. Sometimes, the “references” the promoter uses are shills – people who are paid to lie about their experience working for the promoter.

You also can type the company or promoter’s name into a search engine with a word like review, complaint, or scam.

Finally, it’s a good idea to check out the promoter or company with your local consumer protection agency to see if other people have reported on their experiences.