Because there are so many work at home scams out there people have become very wary of all work from home opportunities. They don't know who to believe or trust. Most work at home websites and consumer protection agencies tend to agree that "The Better Business Bureau" is a good place to do your research before considering a work at home opportunity especially if it involves a fee. However please keep in mind that because a company isn't listed in the BBB doesn't mean it's a scam or should be avoided. Being a member of the BBB is expensive and not every company is going to dish out the fees to join. Some of them actually prefer to spend the money on serving their customers or audience. Furthermore there was a time where the BBB didn't allow online businesses to refer to their membership with the BBB! So don't hold not being listed in the BBB against a company. Keep the bigger picture in mind and cross reference other resources.
BBB Complaints Don't Mean Jack!
Look, we all know in the work at home world there are more shady people than there are honest. But contrary to popular belief, having a few complaints in a BBB report doesn't equate to a guilty verdict. Any company that has been around for a long time will have some complaints. Do a BBB search on some major companies such as PEPSI, DELL, Microsoft, etc and I guarantee you'll find dirt on all of them. What work at home seekers should be concerned with is how complaints are resolved, if at all. (Although even so called resolved complaints should also be questioned as noted by this comment. ) Either way, take the time to really read through the whole BBB report. Don't make assumptions! Sometimes people whine for the sake of whining or competitors are basically involved in purposeful slander. But then there are other times where you can see a clear pattern of negative feedback which becomes apparent even when you do a further search outside the BBB. That's usually when you should probably run for the hills and avoid a company.
Cross Reference Your Sources
As alluded above, it's a good idea to search outside the BBB as well to get a full picture. Personally when it comes to research, I don't look to ONE source for my information. It's like putting all your eggs in one basket and we all know how that can work out. So with that in mind, I like reading what others have said about a company by doing a simple Google search with the name of the company + the keyword scam. For example: WorkAtHomeNoScams.com + Scams. You can watch this video on how to do this effectively. This is very effective because I can read what various other people and websites are saying. I then compare that feedback with what I find at the BBB if there is a report available. Basically I'm looking for a pattern of positive or negative reports on a company for a given period of time. If most people are raving about a company on various websites than I'm more inclined to believe a BBB report that gives them a high grade as well. But if most people and websites are posting negative feedback but the BBB rating is positive. Then I'm sorry, majority rules for me over the BBB.
So my final thoughts are that YES the BBB is a great resource for scam prevention and avoiding work at home rip offs. But use your common sense when reading these reports and keep the points I made in this article in mind. The BBB should only be a STARTING point and NOT the be and end all of determining whether a company or website is legitimate.
If you gather data from various resources, you'll have a far more educated and accurate view of a company.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) Listed Work At Home Opportunities
Now that we got all that out the way. Here is a list of some of recommended work at home companies that have good standing with the BBB if you insist on using them as your only proof of legitimacy. (Stubborn, aren't we? LOL)
- MySurvey.com (BBB Rating Via Parent Company: NFO)
- Inboxdollars.com (BBB Rating Via Parent Company: Cotterweb Enterprises Inc)
- Hits4Pay.com (BBB Rating Via Parent Company: Multiple Stream)
What are your thoughts about all this? Do you swear by the BBB reports? Or do you have other resources that you use?
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