Is Arise.com A Scam? 


If you've been in this industry long enough, you've probably heard that any work at home opportunity that requires a fee is a scam. I know it was something that was pumped to me many times over on various sites. The intentions behind this piece of advice is good. But today I'm going to turn it on its head. Because the folks that have given you this advice are guilty of some "Simple Simon" behavior. This basically means they're over simplifying advice that should be prefaced with certain exclusions. This is going to make a lot more sense as you read this review of Arise.com so sit tight if you're interested in other legitimate business opportunity outside of affiliate marketing.  If you have any work experience in Customer Service, Tech Support or Sales, you'll want to read this review in detail. 

 

What is Arise.com?

 
In a nutshell it's a full fledged business opportunity NOT a job! This is a very important distinction that we will get into further which seems to be a sore spot for the uninformed. In any event, Arise.com is a BBB A+ rated home business, where you can partner with Arise.com as a Customer Service, Tech Support or Sales Rep. But like most work at home companies you're an independent contractor (IC) NOT an employee. Now don't go running away! As I said before 99.9% of work at home companies work with people as ICs not employees. Do you know someone that is an affiliate marketer, or selling Avon, Amway or Tupperware? Well guess what? They are independent contractors. Those folks own their own business, will have a home office, do the legal stuff to make the IRS happy, and make sure they have taken any training needed to do the work, often on their own dollar.
 
 

So how does this all work?

 
Simple– you become trained to be part of a store's telephone, online chat or email support team. Your work may range from answering emails or you might be one of the people answering the 800 number for customer support. Yep many of those folks are most likely sitting at home in their PJs, talking to you as an Independent Contractor for Arise.com or as they like to call their workers, Arise Certified Professional(ACP). Don't even ask me why they thought of this name. Personally I think it causes more confusion but I'm a bit slow to begin with so you have to take my opinion with a grain of salt. I'm just reporting my findings.
 
In any event, Arise.com is basically a middle man. An online store may need 24 hour customer service via telephone, online chat or email. Arise.com basically has an online database of approved ACP members, organized by background and training qualifications that the online retailer can contact for work.  Arise will take care of screening, training and paying these independent contractors so that the online retailer can focus on their business which is to sell stuff and not worry about HR headaches.
 
If you've ever worked for a staffing agency, it's very similar except that you're not an employee and are responsible for paying for your home office and business set up. Arise is responsible for training you and getting you work with their clients. So you do not actually work "for" Arise.com. You work for yourself and contract your skills to these online retail businesses. Arise.com is just the middle man, or a partner, with the technical software, to make it all happen. So it's basically a win win for all and totally virtual which is why it's called Arise Virtual Solutions. Are you still with me?
 

How do you make money with Arise.com?

 
Once you set up your home office, take their training, and are in the Arise.com database for companies to find, you are ready to accept work offers. As you take further specialized training, (often required by the retail business hiring you) you then become eligible for even more jobs and higher pay. You specify which hours you are willing to work each day. When you are accepted by one of the companies, you agree to be ready to go, and online during the contracted hours. Then you basically do your customer service, tech support or sales duty as you were trained and paid the agreed salary per hour. What happens to most people is that they develop a couple areas of specialty, like tax software or roadside assistance, and may end up working exclusively for two or three companies. If you get bored, move to a different field, like webhosting, or a chain store! But you have to pay to be trained for the new company which is explained later in this article.
 

What is the pay scale?

 
Your pay is based on the number of productive minutes you actually are online and interacting with the customers. Arise.com has patented software that takes care of all of that. In general it works out to be about $10-14 per hour. Expect to begin at $10 and build up as you take additional training. Many companies provide added incentives for productivity, 3rd shift (overnight) hours, and for working during their peak times. Arise.com has nothing to do with that, that part is totally up to the hiring company.  You can use this as a guide: 25 hours a week/$10 hour is $250 a week, $1000/month. 
 
Oh, and by the way, Arise.com software can tell if you are actually talking to someone, or just sitting there with an open line trying to rack up minutes.  There are a few other tricks they are on to as well, so just do the job, don't try to milk them, chance are they will catch on quickly.
 
Another thing you should be aware of is that since you are an independent contractor you're responsible for paying Uncle Sam his taxes at the end of the year! So you'll need to put aside money for that. A tax professional can help you figure all that out. You may want to read my Work At Home Taxes article about how this all works since a large number of legitimate work at home opportunities use independent contractors. 
 

How often do you get paid?

 
Thankfully, there is not a "minimum" requirement for payment, which is a good thing. They send out payments twice a month by Direct Deposit straight to a bank account you set up specifically for this business.
 

Is this available for people living overseas?

 
Although the retail companies my be global in nature, Arise.com partnerships are available only to legal residents of the United States and in the United Kingdom/Ireland. Pretty much everyone else is out of luck. Sorry guys. It's not my policy, I'm just relaying the facts.
 

Arise.com is a good home based business because…

 
Flexibility. Obviously most people want to work at home because they like the freedom of being home with their families. So making your own hours is a real plus. Depending on the online retailer, their workload will fit into anyone's schedule whether they look for full time hours, or a few hours in the evening or on the weekends. This is huge for a lot of stay at home moms that are qualified to do customer service work but may not be able to work during the daylight hours when the little ones are running amuck around the house.  By the way, let's say you move to an entirely different state. You can continue working for whichever companies you contract with. They do not care where you live, just that you have a phone and high speed internet access.
 
Online training provided. They designed the initial customer support training themselves, and you get it from their site. I have seen places where they tell you you have to be trained, but not where to get it!
 
Security. As long as companies do business online, there will always be a need for an online support team. Any given retailer that offers 24/7 support will need multiple people working during each shift. In other words, this is not a hit and miss fad thing like members only jackets. You have some security especially because you're the boss not an employee.
 
It's legitimate. So many home based businesses are about pushing products you don't believe in or trust. (Yes even in affiliate marketing.) Sometimes many of these companies have poor ratings with consumer protection agencies. Arise.com has a BBB A+ rating, VeriSign PCI Data Security Standards met four years in a row, two software patents and awards from: Telework Coalition Hall of Fame; Call Center Magazine Product of the Year; Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities; Smithsonian Institute's Technological Achievement Award for Innovative Technology. They have also been featured in many media reports as a legit company to work with. For a lot of people this type of stuff is important. It gives folks a sense of security that you won't get screwed over. Personally I take all that stuff with a grain of salt. I tend to focus more on real people that have actually worked with the company to make my decisions. But to each their own. 
 

Cons

 
Confusing website. I don't know, it may be me, but it took me a while to figure out what this was all about when reading their website. I think they could have simplified it a bit by maybe having a video walking through how this all works for the work at home seeker's point of view.  I found the best info about their opportunity in the Work At Home Tab and FAQ section which I guess makes sense!  But even when I did find it, I really thought they could do a better job of explaining their opportunity in plain human being English. 
 
Technical Difficulties. Another thing that stands out to me is technology issues. The arise system doesn't support all browsers like Chrome or Firefox. Also, they have not updated their software, so it does not work with Windows Vista or Windows 7. Only versions of Windows 2000 XP are listed on the site. In addition there are only eight anti-virus systems that the software supports and you have to have one of them. So this may hinder some folks that are perfectly qualified to do the work from joining. You're also going to need to install a landline, as the award winning patented phone system does not work on cell phones. Virtual cell phone online support? Not in the cards.
 
Fees. This is probably the biggest complaints for most people. I blame this on the over simplified advice provided by other work at home websites and the media. They've pumped that any work at home related opportunity that requires a fee is a scam. What they've failed to do is clarify the exclusions. For instance when was the last time you heard that you could start your own McDonald's without any money? I mean how are you suppose to lease the store, buy the food, supplies, etc.? Well a home business works the same way. The only major difference is your start up costs tends to be less because you're using your home and probably your personal computer to get started. But you still have to invest in other supplies to get your business off the ground.
 
Well Arise.com is a home based business NOT a job. Unfortunately most of the people that are complaining about the fees don't understand the big difference. The real advice that everyone should follow is don't pay for a job. Although even that advice is flawed because we've all done it when you bought a newspaper to find a job, paid someone to write a resume, use the internet you pay for to find a job, etc. But in generally if on the offline world you wouldn't pay someone to work for them at a job, you shouldn't do it online. But it's perfectly reasonable to invest money in a legitimate home based business, business and or career training provided you've done the research. See my scam video on how doing research effectively. Now that you have been educated about fees regarding work at home, it's still worth itemizing what your initial start up cost will be to run your business in partnership with Arise.com. Because at the end of the day, even if they are legitimate, it may still be too rich for your blood and that's still a con for some people. So let's itemize the start up cost below.
 
1. Home Office set up. The initial costs for the home office would be the computer which I assume you will already have, high speed Internet connection which you may or may not have and anti-virus software. Dial up connections just don't work for this. High speed runs around $50 a month, but you are probably already paying something for the Internet service you have. And folks, it has to be your own Internet address, no going to the library to do this!
 
2. Phone equipment. A real landline phone, and headphones. It might be around $100 if you do not already have a land line phone to use.
 
3. Phone lines. They want it to be a separate line from your household line. Reality check here, for this business this only makes sense, they can't have busy signals because "Ray-Ray & them" are on the other line. 
 
4. A National Background Check ($10.95-$23.95) depends on which state you live in. Now honestly? This is for your own good. In this day and age, I personally would question any business like this that did not screen their independent contractors. Think about when you make a purchase via telephone to a customer service rep. Don't you want to be sure this person isn't guilty of identity theft or some other crimes where they can misuse your personal information. 
 
5. Legal Stuff. You have to set up a registered corporation or L.L.C account which is about $100 or more depending on your state. This again is for your own good and helps keep the IRS happy. You can choose to get liability insurance.  All of this my friends is between you and your financial advisors. Trust me it's better to set up a corporation because it helps with your tax burden. The initial cost is saved many times over during the course of your business because you would have been taxed like an employee and the government pretty much screws employees in taxes. They're a lot friendlier to businesses even if you're a small one. So in the long run, it's a actually a pro, not a con. However if you really can't afford this fee, check out "How To Work With Arise Without Being Incorporated" here
 
6. Training Fees. Initial training 101 in virtual phone support is $99 and you take that through Arise.com. It takes a few weeks to complete. Additional training is usually required and that is not always made abundantly clear on the website. Each company will want you well versed in their product, but many will make you pay to get the additional training. This can definitely add up.  
 
7. Arise Fees. There is a semimonthly service fee that Arise collects to cover their 24/7 technical support and automated software programs used to obtain jobs, track your minutes, and get paid. $20 twice a month. 

 

So Is Arise a Scam?

 
Personally I don't think Arise.com is a scam at all. Like any company, it may have some flaws. From where I stand, the biggest complaints regarding this company have always been the fees. In my humble opinion, these complaints are not totally justified. The fact that there are start up costs does not mean automatic red flags. As we discussed earlier there has been some oversimplified advice given about work at home and fees. There are obviously good intentions in this advice because there are so many shady products out there being misrepresented as jobs. But it doesn't justify overgeneralizing certain pieces of advice. Most of this advice is written online. How difficult is it to add a few more words explaining the exceptions to the rule? I just did it several times here in this article. So it's not that difficult!
 
 
At the end of the day, even with the start up fees being justified, let's face the facts. Most people looking to work at home don't have extra money to spend. But if you just think for a moment about the colleges, community colleges, classes, workshops, and internships to train for a specific skill, and how they are full of people paying to get trained, it's a normal part of life in terms of career and business advancements. I don't know about ya'll, but I prefer that my little princess's teachers have some kind of degree… and my plumber is certified…my accountant can add, and my taxi driver has a license… even the NYC cab drivers.. lol Enough said?
 
Look, working with Arise.com means you become a home based business; they do not give you a job, which they're very upfront about. So the complaints about the fees and cost of training are a moot point. If they claimed to be a job, that would be a whole other situation. But they're very upfront that you're working as a business partner with them not an employee. If that's not what you're looking for then obviously Arise.com isn't a good fit for you. But if you truly want to be your own boss and start your own business, and learn to understand the concept of running a business, then Arise.com is worthy of your consideration. Again, I don't think Arise.com is a scam. I just think people are misinformed about the difference between a work at home job and a home based business. Hopefully after reading this article and my meager attempt at teaching Home Based Business Model, Eddy Style, you're clear about the distinction. That being said, the same advice I preach still applies. "Do your research." Just because a company is honest enough to tell you they're offering a home based business doesn't mean they have a legit business. Never forget that due diligence is still required!
 
With that all said, I would highly recommend Arise.com for those that can absorb the start up cost of running your own full fledged home based business. One problem and it's usually the biggest one, with a new business is finding customers, or traffic. But partnering with Arise.com solves this issue. So, it's definitely a win win in my mind, if a full fledged home business is what you're looking for. Good luck. If you've worked with Arise or considered it, let me know your thoughts about the company below. 

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Comments

  1. Kayla D says

    I have been working with Arise for working on my 3rd year now. The first two years, I was under an IBO (another existing business), then I felt I had learned the ropes enough to begin my own business with it. And its doing very well, I am still looking to hire more csp’s under me, but even if I’m the only one in my business, it is still worth it. I love every minute of it. Of course there are some drawbacks, but really, who has the “perfect job”?

    • says

      I’m glad to hear you’re doing well with Arise Kayla. It sounds like you’re on the rise and that’s great! I obviously agree with you. Every company has it’s flaws. It doesn’t mean it’s a scam or bad per say. It’s just that folks need to be aware of some of the cons so they don’t go into situations blindly. I don’t like surprises when I join a company. So I always keep that in mind when I write my reviews for others. Because lord knows most of the reps trying to recruit you won’t tell you the bad stuff.

      Thanks for chiming in and keep me posted on your activities with the company!

  2. Andrea says

    I had an interview with Arise a couple of days ago. The interview was online in a group setting and consisted of the Agent telling us about the company.

    Yes, you would be an independent contractor, yes you have to
    pay for your own background check which is $19.99 or $23.00. To me, that was not
    a problem most companies make you pay for a background check but they take the
    money out of your first paycheck. After you submit, the background and you are
    approved then you have to take a test online of course called CSP101 for $19.99.
    The Agent informed us that we can take it 2 to 3 times and that we should take
    screen shots so that way if we fell we can figure out what the answers are. I
    don’t know that if you take it again if that means another $19.00.

    The jobs range from $8.00hr-$12.00hr and yes, you can pick
    which client you want. She did recommend taking on two. Since you have to pay
    for training which range from $69-159 I figured I would just take the job for
    $12 and hr. After, I typed yes that I am interested and signed out the
    interview I decided that this would not be an good investment for me due to the
    companies she mentions tend to always have ads looking for customer service
    reps. So why pay for training, background, & phone line when I can just
    apply directly at the few she mentioned and not work from home.

    After doing some research, I did found out that $40 a month
    would be taking out of my check even if I don’t log on and work.

    There are other company out there that has customer service
    at home without the added fees, to bad none of them hired me. I did manage to
    find one the next day that did, and it turns out to be one week of unpaid
    training. To me $10 an hr. unpaid training is better than $8hr paid training
    that can range from $69-$159 plus $40 a month. The truth is the chances of the
    $12hr job being available were very slim and I wouldn’t find out until after
    paying for the background check and the CSP101. Heck I wonder when I would have
    found out about the $40 a month.

  3. says

    Arise is a business opportunity and like any business opportunity it can take weeks, months or even years to recoup your initial investment and/or make a profit. That just goes with the territory of running a business. It’s an inherit risk you decide to take. If that’s not something you’re comfortable with then running a business isn’t for you.

    Maybe they do a poor job of explaining this so I understand your frustration.

  4. Roseby says

    I have not read any comments, only the beginning of this post.

    Arise is not a scam, however it has scammish tendancies. The probability of making a return of your investmentbefore 60 days in minimal.
     Money I invested: intial fee to learn just the Arise web layout $99, bg check $20, cost of training $179, plus time in training was 4 weeks at 4 hours a day 5 days a week plus 36 hours of “self paced study”
    I just completed training with one of their clients and there were only 2 hours of work to pick up in 2 weeks, this is for a 4 week contract. No income for 2 weeks after being certified to work for their client.
     6 weeks of no return on my investment.

  5. Walini says

    Hello Tasha, I missed the date of your comment and you were still in training at that time. I now wonder what your feelings are as you have surely completed your training and are making lots and lots of money with Arise, right? Unfortunately, my sisters started a corporation with Arise last year and did everything they could to recruit me to join them in their new “independent business.” I made the decision to wait and see how things went with them before I made the commitment. Also unfortunately, they convinced a few family members into joining them. Now keep in mind that there are a total of six family members who invested in “background check’ and the”basic training” or Arise’s ACP 101 as they call lt, selected an “opportunity” for which they paid big bucks for the training, not to mention the startup costs of the “business” which was in the thousands. The new phone and Internet service (since their digital and wireless were not permitted) new computers (since their old ones for some reason weren’t compatible or something) and there was one technical issue after another night after night after night. At first I teased them terribly but then began to feel very guilty as I saw what it was doing to them and then felt terrible. I began trying to help but even that was useless. I don’t believe there is a real living human that works for Arise. For a company that sings the praises of the “communication” and bases their business structure on that, why is it that you can’t talked to anyone at Arise. You can go on live chat during business hours and talk to admissions chat or enrollment chat, and you can always get someone on the phone for technical issues if you can wait for an hour or two, but that is only for “technical support” and where they will tell you what is wrong with your PC and how to correct it. Once that problem is corrected there will always be another and they spend hours on the phone or worse sitting waiting for “technical chat” when they are supposed to be working. If you are wise and you have not yet invested in any other way, DO NOT!!! Something is very wrong with this picture. It has created a rift between my sisters and cousins that invested in this SCAM as nothing has in all of our years together.Get a life and report them as my family is doing. FYI, I talked to someone just yesterday who is working on the ATT  account. She is holding her breath because no one she know has been able to meet the “standards” set by ATT and they are dropped from the account. Now that is pretty bad when you can’t be good enough to service the WORST customer service known to man. I hope you wake up before you end up like they did.
    Nicki

  6. Tasha says

    hi my name is Tasha i am actually with arise now since feb 20th 2012 i am still in my training, i chose AT&T. Its not a scam guys its legit a lot of people just compain its a scam as they dont have the focus or determination required to run your own business. On top of that yes you do pay into any business you set up. That is if you are your own business though, you dont have to choose this option you can go under another VSC so you will pay for your trainin then be refunded your training money back after completing the course for client. Which think about it would you do it that way as well i wouldnt want to fork out mnoney for all my contracted or employees if i was not sure if they would stay dedicated to it. you also get bonus’s from the clients for your commitment and performance. email me if you have any questions, im  not a VSC so dont worry im not trying get you to sign up under me. I work under someone else right now until i get the hang of it then i will branch out and be my own corporation. tashasmith6075@gmail.com

  7. Gary Caputo says

    I just found your column.  I thought it was worthwhile.  I had given serious thouht about joining ARISE, and the only thing holding me bach was the initial cost.  But if they are the same as a regular call center, wouldn’t it be the same as a regular call center position, without the initial cost?  I just enrolled to receive your emails.  I feel that you are legit, and I plan to follow your advice.  I have been looking for a home opportunity for years.  I hope you can help, as I have been ripped offf more times that I care to admit to.  I have over 30 years experience in the clerical field, and 10 years supervisory experience.  After reading your article, I decided that I should not limit myself to clerical work only.  Thank you

    • says

      Hey Gary, I’m glad you found my “Blog” and you have found value in it.

      Keep in mind the Arise opportunity isn’t a job, you’re working as an independent contractor which I addressed in the article. So you’re more of a business owner than an actual employee. That being said if the cost turns you off, definitely focus on more of a traditional work at home job which we list daily here:
      http://www.workathomenoscams.com/jobs

      I’m glad you are willing to expand your horizon in this industry. Doing so will give you a lot more flexibility and options. That being said be sure to check out my recommendations page here:
      http://www.workathomenoscams.com/recommendations
      I think between that and the jobs page you should find something of interest to you.

      Most of us have been victims of scams. So don’t feel embarrassed. It’s almost like a rite of passage. You just need to view those experiences as lessons learned. If you always do your research which is very easy by following the steps in my scam video:
      http://www.workathomenoscams.com/scams you’ll avoid any chance of getting scammed in the future.

      The key is always being skeptical of everything even if I personally recommend something, feel free to dig deeper. Because things can always change with a company. Never assume anything and don’t let desperation cloud your judgement and you should stay scam free for many years to come.

      I hope this helps you.

  8. says

    So, Eddy, how much does Arise pay you to post this deceptive information?  How many gullible, innocent people have you helped scam?  How can you stand to look at your sweet little face in the mirror each day? You are right there with Arise preying on (as jasmine8989 so aptly worded it) the unemployed and the underemployed.

    Do you believe in karma?  I surely do.

    • says

      Are you f’ing kidding me?

      First of all I work for myself and Arise didn’t hire me to write the article. I write articles on companies that people research. Always have and will because people want the information.

      Next I’ve literally helped thousands of people find legitimate ways to make money and avoid scams. My reputation speaks for itself. Anyone that actually takes the time to read my body of work will never question that. You don’t end up being referenced on the news and many other sites for screwing people over:
      http://www.workathomenoscams.com/media

      People don’t thank you for helping them avoid a nasty scam if you’re about scamming people:
      http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2008/10/07/package-forwarding-reshipping-job-or-scam/

      And finally you certainly don’t add any validity to any argument you have about Arise by attacking me.

      The fact of the matter is there are some people that have had great experience with Arise and swear by them. And obviously there are some folks that don’t. I’m not a labor law expert so I can’t really confirm or deny what this commentator said regarding their labor practices. If they’re actually doing something wrong in terms of this whole independent contractor classification stuff, then the feds will come down on them. That’s their job not mine. So let’s see if that actually happens and validates this accusation.

      If I were about painting a one sided picture about this company or any others I have reviewed I wouldn’t allow comments that speak negatively about the company.

      But again if you actually read my body of work and the comments you’ll see that’s not the case.
      After all your nonsensical comment is now live.

      So if you want to add value to the conversation then speak to your experience or facts.

      Don’t come to this blog making crazy unfounded accusations about me and my character. Because my body of work speaks for itself. We’re adults here and we expect for everyone to act accordingly.

      Take care.

  9. says

    Let’s not get into name calling it doesn’t help validate Arise anymore. The fact of the matter is people are going to have different experience with any company including Arise! That’s just life. It doesn’t mean Arise is a scam and also doesn’t mean that the person sharing their negative experience is necessarily bad, lazy, evil or a scam either. Yes there are times where people clearly have an agenda of bad mouthing a company for whatever reason. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes people really just have a bad experience that is justified. They have a right to share that. My argument has always been that a few bad reports doesn’t mean that whatever is being argued is a common occurrence. Crap happens.

    What I always recommend is to look for a pattern. If most people are raving about a company then chances are it’s a solid company. But if you get a few negative comments here in there, it’s not really a red flag either. Everything is about balance.

    So don’t let a negative comment throw you in a tissy. It’s better to share your positive experience and why you like a company than running around discounting another person’s experience which could very well be true. Thanks for chiming in though.

  10. jasmine8989 says

    Arise Virtual Solution is a pyramid scheme preying on women, the  unemployed, the underemployed and other home-bound sectors of society. At first glance you are given the impression that this a home-based business that could be lucrative if you put in the time and effort. This could not be further from the truth. Many VSC or Super VSC is employees and or an insider of the companies  that contract Arise as clients. For example, someone who works at ATT actually signs up to be a VSC  and under them hire employees to work for the client under Arise. They make sure their agents get the hours and the calls. These VSCs are also promoted to work as management within Arise. This is unethical because they make decisions and manage other ACP and VSC based out of their own interest. The VSC get paid to bring in people, and a percentage accrued from bringing peopleto take the class. This is why the turnover is so high. They are really not trying to service clients with CSR, but rather the insider for that company is getting a bonus for bringing in new people to pay for classes. The calls you get are not real. Most of them are coming from the various VSC or the agents under the VSC/ employee of that company.  It’s a Scam! It’s a conflict of interest. To cover it up, they often switch supposed Arise management between companies. For example, the ATT employee who is also acting as a VSC for Arise will be given a management team position for another Arise client. This is a farce because they all serve one another’s financial benefit. A total SCAM!! They have multiple class-action suits against them and are always trying to get ACP to post how great Arise is. A TOTAL SCAM RUNNNNN! BTW they acually get webmasters of at home opportunity sites in on the deal and bloogers so they can debink any bad press out there.

    • says

      Uh, thanks for sharing your “opinion”, “accusation”, “grudge” or feedback?
      You’re making a lot of accusations without much proof which could easily be interpreted as someone that has an axe to grind. Now I’m not saying that some of your observations don’t have merit. Because they do. But without any real validation to back some of your other claims, it just sounds more contrived act of anger than anything else.

      That being said, I felt compelled to approve your comment in the hopes that either someone can back up your claims with proof or refute them. This site is always about giving both sides of the story. Anyone that has actually read a number of our reviews knows this about us. It’s our trademark and why thousands follow us. We don’t just run around praising companies even if we have an affiliation with them which by the way we always disclose.

      So your not so subtle shot at our site and others like it is uncalled for and doesn’t add to the validity of your claims. If anything it probably takes away from it because it just demonstrates an contrived agenda that seems more about attacking a company’s good name rather than really providing value and helping people avoid a real scam.

      If we were what you alluded your comment wouldn’t even see the light of day. In any event, I hope to hear from some folks that have some further insight to provide to your accustations who can actually express it a meaningful way that provides us all with some value. Right now this without any real proof this all just sounds like an angry opinion.

      Either way we appreciate you sharing it. Hopefully others will be able to chime in.

    • Acarmelagreenfoster says

      No Eddy, Not your site. Not accusing you at all.  Just saying they have contests and marketers DEBUNK these legitimate claims online.  No grudes. This has been discussed on several occasions by others. There has been a nmber of lawsuits claims etc. Summary of the latest.

      This is from Wikipedia…… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arise_Virtual_Solutions#Litigation_and_lawsuits

      Arise’s Virtual Services Corporation model has been the subject of recent legal scrutiny and litigation. In the latest pending class action lawsuit[2], Sandra Perry v. AT&T Mobility LLC and Arise Virtual Solutions Inc.[3], Arise and its client AT&T are being accused of:
      Unfair competition in violation of California Business & Professional Code Section 17200Failure to pay minimum wages, hourly wages and overtime wages in violation of California Labor Code Sections 510, 1194, 1197, 1197.1 and 1198Failure to provide accurate itemized wage statements in violation of California Labor Code Section 226Failure to reimburse employees for required expenses in violation of California Labor Code Section 2802
      The complaint alleges that AT&T and Arise Virtual Solutions devised an illegal scheme of mislabeling these virtual at-home call center employees as independent contractors in order to avoid workers’ compensation costs as well as paying state and/or federal taxes. The class action lawsuit further alleges that the at-home virtual call center were intentionally mis-classified as independent contractors rather than employees in order to get around wage & hour requirements in violation of California employment laws.[4] On September 12, 2011, the judge presiding over the case denied Arise’s motion to dismiss the case or to transfer venue to the Southern District of Florida. In denying Arise’s motion, the judge said “that contractual schemes to avoid the California Labor Code will not be tolerated.”[5]

      QUOTE on Arise’s legitimacy by ABOUT’s Work-At- Home Writer

      “Arise Virtual Solutions has received 88 complaints with the Better Business Bureau, including seven complaints in the month of September 2011 alone.[6] Arise is A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau, but the BBB says that a primary factor that raised Arise’s score was the “length of time business has been operating.”[7]
      Arise’s business model has both its promoters and detractors. Laureen Miles Brunelli, an About.com Guide for work-at-home moms, says, “The business model of Arise.com is quite different from other virtual call center companies. And this brings a load of complaints and rants from some who call Arise a scam as well as high praise from others who call it a money-making opportunity”[8] and “while I would not go as far to call Arise an out-and-out work at home scam because its sole purpose is not to defraud people, other call center jobs may be better money-making opportunities.”[9] Additional consumer reviews, both positive and negative, can be found on sites such as:
      ComplaintsboardTrustlink.org[10]Scam.com[11]“

    • says

      Oh,

      Thanks for clearing that up because it sounded like a subtle attack on this blog. I apologize for my confusion.

      Thanks for coming back and actually providing some references regarding some of your claims. It is very interesting and something that folks will definitely want to consider when researching this company. However even I think Laureen said it best : “while I would not go as far to call Arise an out-and-out work at home scam because its sole purpose is not to defraud people, other call center jobs may be better money-making opportunities”

      Thanks again for sharing this!

    • Gozancorp says

      Jasmine, from reading your post you obviously have never been involved with Arise at all.  Your comment is the real scam.  It is uneducated, underinformed, and strictly fiction.  I work for Arise for a cellphone company and so does my husband.  We own our own company and we take call everyday from real customers.  It is truly sad that you are such a naysayer or just so lazy that you would make these bogus claims without ever trying it out for yourself.  Your comments are so ridiculous because there is no pyramid involved at all with this company.  I have been working for a little over a month now.  I have made over $1200 working approx. 20 hours per week.  I am totally happy and recommend this for anyone looking for a legitimate opportunity.  The article precedeing the bogus comments of Jasmine8989 is an accurate accounting of how arise really works.  The sad part is there are so many Jasmine’s in the world holding people back like a crab in a barrel.

    • keepitreal72 says

      Hi Jasmine,

      I have been working for Arise since May, 2011.  This oportunity has been nothing but a blessing for me and my family.  I am not an Arise employee, I am not even a VSC. I make decent money that pays the bills, I know that you have to pay for training and a background check, but this company is not a scam or a pyramid scheme. For any single mom that is looking for full-time work from home, please don’t let this post scare you away.  I’m not getting any incentives for promoting arise, I just want to let people know that this is a legitimate company.

    • Tasha Smith says

      I think gossip over the internet spreads like virus. If one person has a bad experience its posted, if someone has a good experience its posted leaving people confused. Ill be up front if you sign dont choose AT&T unless you have patience for technology and computers and explaining bills and tech problems but they have disney and roadside assistance and other choices. AT&T is hard! You got two options be your own business or work under someone else. ITs really nto that complicated, I know the course im in now for my client it started with 71 six people have dropped half way through as they cant get the hang of it, running your own business is not for everyone. Customer services is nto for everyone, not everyone has the patience hence bad reviews on internet. BBB has rated arise that says alot there right. Messed up part is some of you will think i am being paid by arise if you only knew im in my pj’s in class right now getting ready to finish my course go into nesting and start making money lol

    • says

      The internet is a good and bad thing like many mediums. Unfortunately sometimes it makes it too easy for anyone that has a grudge or doesn’t agree with a policy the ability to claim scam.

      There are always two sides to every story and that’s why it’s always good to read the feedback from both sides and make an intelligent decision based on the total weight of all points gathered.

      If most people are claiming a company is legit, including regular people, media, consumer protection agency, etc. , then chances are the company is legitimate. If you see that there is a sprinkle of negative reviews, that shouldn’t raise flags. Every company is always going to have a few of those. It’s part of doing business. Those negative comments may be justified too but It doesn’t necessarily mean that the company in question is a scam. It can have flaws or to your point some folks just don’t have what it takes. But ultimately it’s about consuming a lot of data points and make the right decision based on all the information you have.

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