Is La Bella Baskets a Scam?

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Today I want to introduce you to a home based business, La Bella Baskets. Please note I said this a home business, not a job! If you’ve read my articles about My #1 Free Recommendation, you already know that running a business isn’t for everyone. It involves a lot more than just showing up to earn a check which we all know some of us can get away with in certain jobs. With a business, you’re the boss, you determine how much money you make and when you work. That being said, there are cost involved to start a business and there is a strong likelihood that initially your ROI isn’t great. But for the business minded people that are willing to stick through and work their business until they succeed, it can pay off many times over. Any of my loyal subscribers that have been following me long enough know I’m living proof of this (See how by clicking here). In any event now that we have that disclaimer out the way, let’s get into how you can make money with this BUSINESS.

 

What Is La Bella Baskets?

La Bella Baskets is a company that does just what it sounds like they do, sell gift baskets. They have been around since 2009. They hire independent designers to come up with interesting and unique basket theme designs. There is a master warehouse in Texas where most of the baskets are put together, and shipped. All items are shipped within 24-48 hours, standard shipping.

 

La Bella Baskets prides themselves in providing over 200 unique themes, some your typical things like get well, birthdays, weddings and babies. Other baskets are more unique like the spa, care packages, pets, kosher, and gardening. Each theme will have an option for a cookies or flower based basket, but most baskets will have a variety of items relating to the specific theme. Their prices are comparable to what you find from a Google search, typically around the $29.99 range to the $79.99 range.

 

So what separates La Bella Baskets from the rest of the pack?

Okay if you’re anything like me you’re probably thinking to yourself okay and? What makes this company different and a viable business when you have some other well known players in the space that do this business? I just thought to myself how can someone compete against those established brands that have TV commercials and wide exposure? Honestly I didn’t find much in the way of a unique selling proposition.

The one thing that may be something that differentiates them is their Basket of Hope Program. Each month they deliver to single moms a La Bella Basket of Hope that is filled with beautiful Spa and Bath essentials. La Bella Baskets has a deeply held belief that every single mom needs to be nurtured and to find a calm place in their lives to relax, melt away stress, rejuvenate, heal. This is a key element of their philosophy of supporting women. Consultants nominate people they know to receive a Basket of Hope. Look I think that’s a great thing from a personal and karma stand point. But I still don’t see anything about the company that makes it a game changer in their space. Please keep in mind I’m not infallible so maybe someone from the company can enlighten me. But on the surface, I don’t see how the company is set up to help their independent contractors compete against bigger players or someone just going to their local flower shop.

 

How to do you make money selling baskets?

Allegedly La Bella Baskets cannot sell all these baskets alone, they would never make enough to cover costs, so they recruit Independent Contractors, “Professional Basket Consultants,” to sell the baskets for them. La Bella handles making, creating, packaging and shipping the baskets. What they need from their consultants are customers. You earn 20% commission on each basket sold through your site. As you build the business volume and build your team, you might be able to earn up to 35% . I’d focus on the 20% number for now if I were you. You also earn $15 for each referral you find for a new work at home consultant who wants to sell baskets.

 

To ensure that their consultants are always the ones making money. La Bella Baskets has a policy where no one can buy anything directly from the La Bella Basket Website or Facebook page. You must buy through one of their contractors. Now this part I really like! It shows me they are dedicated to their people’s success and are not greedy.  What’s even better is that the company sends referrals to you via their website and through their consultants Facebook posts. So they’re really about their independent sales force. I guess that definitely separates them from the well known companies out there.

 

How do I get paid?

You get paid every other week, through PayPal which can be a good or bad thing depending on your feelings on PayPal. Personally I like it because it gives me access to my money instantly once it’s in the account. In any event, your commission is only on the price of the item, and not on any sales tax or shipping that they collect. There are no quotas to meet, you get your commission on what you sold, not matter how big or small. This is definitely a plus for those of you that hate the opportunities that require a minimum threshold amount to get your money. Like most home business and traditional work at home jobs, you are 100% responsible for paying income taxes to Uncle Sam yourself. As annoying and scary as this sounds it can actually be a good thing because you have a lot more things that can be written off as an expense that you can’t do as an employee. But consult your tax professional as Eddy is not an expert in such matters which my lawyer has insisted I express. lol

 

How much can I expect to make?

Commission on one basket is $20. If you sold one basket a day it would be $600 a month or $7200 a year. You can do the math from there. If you add in two referrals a month, at $15 each or $30 a month more (an additional $360 a year). It honestly depends on how hard you work, and how much traffic you can get to your website. This is pretty much the spiel for most online businesses. So if you don’t know how to get traffic to your website, this may be a barrier. That’s one of the reasons I love My #1 Free Recommendation because they teach you how to get thousands of people coming to your website instead of the other way around.

 

What kind of costs are there going to be to set up my home business?

As I said before, this is a business, not a work at home job, so you should expect some kind of start up cost but you will be surprised at how little you really need for this particular opportunity. The required cost is a $20/monthly fee to La Bella Baskets. They GIVE you a store website with the entire catalog of products and ordering portals etc, and they also give you a marketing website. They take care of all the money and shipping. In case you did not properly process that tidbit… you don’t have to worry about collecting money, or becoming “BFFs” with the UPS or Postal workers. They take care of that entire end of things. All you need to worry about is educating people about the product so they hopefully purchase it.

 

It should be noted that they frequently run a 7 day trial for $1.97 where you would have access to everything they offer including all the training before you decide to join. I think this is great for you tire kickers out there. It gives you a taste of the business before you fully commit yourself. It also shows me they’re confident enough in their business to give you a trial because they’ve probably figured out the math in which a good portion of people end up staying on board. So that’s a plus in my book. My #1 Free Recommendation does something like this as well, but it’s better. They will let you try their business for FREE and for as long as you want! So you’re not pressured into making a decision because of clicking clock.

 

Will LaBella Baskets help me learn how to do all this stuff?

As a businessman, the biggest problem I see is how are you going to compete with the big players in the space? As a trained online business owner I already know how I would do this using long tailed keywords & SEO.  Because the fact of the matter is that if your website isn’t on Google’s Page #1 for some type of basket or gift search word, you might as well forget it. Fortunately La Bella Baskets is aware of this and helps you out. Once you sign up you are assigned a mentor who is available 24/7. You get some basic Internet marketing training that explains the different marketing approaches you can take. As you grow the business, more detailed Internet Marketing Lessons and are geared to your specific marketing approach. All training materials, templates, brochures, monthly newsletters for online and offline marketing are available for download by paid members of La Bella Baskets. This is probably where some of your $20 per month goes. They obviously use some of it to invest in creating a training center for you. I think this is a great plus because without any training, you’ll never be able to compete with experienced marketers like myself and the big corporations. It’s the reason why I emphasize it so much on this site and why I cringe when I hear from people that they decided to start a website without training especially when it’s free here. To me that’s like saying I’m going to climb Mount Everest in a zebra print speedo and some flip flops. Oh you can try it if you want, but I guarantee it won’t turn out well!  So it’s good to see that La Bella Baskets understands the importance of training it’s business owners. It’s not an option, it’s a requirement for success!

 

Has anyone made money with this?

As far as I can tell, those folks who have been willing to put the work in using good, solid Internet marketing strategies are making money. The company is just over a year old, so you won’t find what I really love to find, which is a history of people who have made money over time. Hopefully they are a company that lasts the test of time.

 

Here is a quick summary of the things they do I generally like a lot.

•You have a product that you know there is interest in, we see gift baskets all the time,

•They take care of the money and shipping, that is huge in my book.

•Even better, they take care of the actual baskets, you do not have to buy any products yourself, like some home party companies make you do.

•They give you the online store website, so you do not need to learn anything about making a website.

•You should be able to build a solid list of repeat customers which is what will sustain your business over time.

•You get paid on a regular basis, no quotas. I can’t tell you how big of a thumbs up that is for me and most people.

•They provide training, right there on their site, which sadly, many companies do not do.

•They use Pay Pal for payments which is like instant gratification because there is no waiting for a check in the mail assuming you have a Paypal debit card like I do!

•The IM training, the marketing strategies they suggest are something you will be able to use in all your other projects and many future projects in affiliate marketing.

 

Cons

•For some they will say the $20 is a con so I will mention it here. Look if you don’t have the $20, you don’t have it. Then there are some people that are under the misguided impression that paying for anything related to working at home is a scam. But these folks don’t understand the difference between a business and a job. In most cases you need money to start a business because of the cost of getting it started. Sometimes you get luck and find a company like my top recommendation, Wealthy Affiliate that will help you start your work at home business for free. But for most businesses you need to invest money. But if you can’t afford the start up cost, then that’s going to be a con for you.

•Even though it is not a requirement, you will probably have to get referrals to truly boost your income. I have nothing against referrals as they are legitimate part of most online businesses. I just know that some folks dislike doing this because they feel the only way they can get referrals is by harassing family and friends. If La Bella Baskets does a great job of teaching you internet marketing, that shouldn’t be the case. After all I’ve made a living referring total strangers to legitimate opportunities that I’ve tried and recommended. So this optional part of the business may be a con for some of you. But keep in mind the operative word here is that it’s optional.

•Even though you can cancel your membership at anytime, it must be in writing and there is a 30 day wait to fully close down you account, which means another $20 goes to them. My guess is the 30 days is to let any pending orders fully process which I guess makes some sense. But It still seems a bit funny style to me to make people jump through hoops to cancel. It really should just be a matter of clicking a button and that’s it.

•As I’ve implied or flat out stated many times in this article, competition is a major concern for me here. You’re competing against established brands with deep pockets for advertising on multiple mediums such as TV, the web, etc. Because I’ve been trained very well, competition means nothing to me. I’m in one of the most competitive industries and I do pretty well because I have that free training I received and people seem to enjoy my babbling on (Well I hope you do.). But if you’re a newbie, this may seem very daunting to you. Since I’m not actually a member of La Bella Baskets, I can’t really speak about their training material. Hopefully they are up to snuff and do teach you some great internet marketing because your success will be dependent on it to compete against the bigger boys. If it is decent, then you’re in a great place and don’t need to worry about competition. But I can definitely seeing that competition may be an area of concern for people.

 

Conclusion, Is La Bella Baskets a scam?

At the end of the day, despite some of the minor cons this company looks to me like a solid, honest way to get started in a home business. All you need to do is get customers, they take care of all the rest. When it comes to multiple streams of income, this sort of thing could possibly fit right into your portfolio of money making opportunities. I like it because the cash output is minimal, and if you put in the work, you have the chance to bring in extra dollars to you pocket. So, no this does not scream scam to me.

 

I also appreciate the fact that the gift basket industry has been rated as one of the top 20 successful home business by Small Business Magazine. This is obviously a good sign. But just keep in mind you won’t be successful by just joining the company. Contrary to the movie “Field of Dreams”, people won’t come just because you build it. The same goes for those folks that build websites with slapped up affiliate links that lack the training to bring visitors in. Success is all about what you put into it and the training you have! If you were to do a Google Search with the phrase “gift baskets” you will get over 10 million results, so it is safe to say this is a popular and highly competitive business. The good news is that at the time of this article, a whole bunch of the first and second page results are independent companies, so the big guys (Amazon, FTD 1800 ) do not have a tight grip on the market. It shows me that some of these smaller companies really know their internet marketing stuff which is great for you provided that La Bella Basket is giving you some great training. If you learn your stuff, you can get any page ranked high in Google.

 

That being said, I would be totally off base if I made it seem like the only way to succeed with this business is using the web. It’s probably the way I would do it but it doesn’t mean it has to be your way.  I think if you live in an area where there are not readily accessible florist/gift basket businesses, the fliers and promo material they provide, you could build your business the old fashioned way. You can even have ads in the local newspapers, business cards and even home parties. Local businesses often use these sorts of places for employee thanks, so there is another avenue. For me in NYC, that would not work so well, but small communities it could be an option for you. So there are definitely different ways to succeed with this business. I’m just a web guy so sometimes I get all narrow minded. So forgive me. lol

 

In any event, although I think the company is legit, the fact the company is so young is something to keep an eye on. You just have to do what I preach all the time and watch for red flags. Are the payments sent on time? Are they accurate? Is the website keeping track of your sales correctly? All the things you should be doing no matter what kind of work at home income you are involved in. If you know me, you know “Due diligence” & “Read, don’t skim” are my favorite words!

 

So should you join La Bella Baskets?

What do I look like you dad? I am not going to tell you what you should do here. You guys are grown and intelligent folks. I’ve done my job by laying out what my research team has discovered about this company. You have to take all I’ve told you and mix it up in your head and come out with a decision that is right for you. You already know I’m about empowering you guys to make your own decisions. Yes, I think that highly of you.

 

So take everything I’ve written here with a grain of salt. Then take the feedback of the reps that will probably chime in below and work from that. Just keep in mind any opportunity is going to have sore points for people. I don’t know of one work at home company that everyone loves. There is always a con for somebody. Be extremely wary of people that make it seem like their opportunity is perfect because they’re full of it and may try to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge while they’re also stealing your wallet.

 

Well that’s enough of my jibber jabbing. If you’ve worked for this company or ever considered it, we would love to hear from you below. If this company doesn’t appeal to you and you’re looking for another alternative, be sure to check out My #1 Free Recommendation here! I’ve been able to work at home full time because of it and I’m confident in time you will be able too as well!

For those of you that have no interest in being the boss and want a traditional work at home job, just visit our work at home jobs page.  If you want to figure out if something is a scam and need to know right away, then visit my work at home scams page and watch the video listed there. That’s how I research many companies. And finally if you like what you’ve read be sure to share it with anyone you might think it will help. We make it easy with the items listed below this article. Feel free to subscribe as well if you like my babbling.  Thanks for taking time to read this. Hopefully it entertained and educated you. 

Until next time,

Eddy with a Y!

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  • Eunice Riemer

    Eddy,
    This is another of your thoughtful analyses of online opportunities. I personally am not interested in gift baskets, but this post has so much good information in it that I count it as a great learning experience. Your emphasis on the need for training to succeed in affiliate marketing is absolutely correct, and something that needs to be repeated often. I’m not stupid, nor am I ignorant, but I have found that affiliate marketing is not the easy path to riches that the hucksters would have you believe. You take the same risks, put in the same long hours, face the same frustrations that any business owner has to deal with.
    Again, thanks for educating me a little more.

  • http://www.workathomecareers.com Eddy Salomon

    Eunice,

    Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you can appreciate the mantra I repeat over and over like a broken record. I know it annoys some people but it’s a reality that folks need to face if they want to be successful at any business. I’m fighting an up hill battle against all the nonsense out there telling people running a business is a walk in the park. So I’m happy folks like you appreciate the truth.

  • Cathy

    Another GREAT review! It’s due to that kind of advice I can not only make good decisions on my own, I can reinforce my decision making by reading everything you have in this space! Now that I belong to two great sites that I have earned a couple of bucks on and have been paid I feel confident to refer others to them. I am going to start dabbling in the wonderful world of referral marketing! It’s a baby step thing. But if you would have said two years ago I would be thinking this way today I would have turned you over to the nearest mental hospital!;) Keep repeating your mantra! Over and over again! They are wise words that I stick to like glue! “I’ll be back”.

  • carol

    Thanks for your post! I actually signed up with Bella Baskets a month ago and they are amazing!
    I love their mission and omg, they have tons of training and support. We even get to have live training sessions with the co-founder!

    I’ve always wanted to start my own online business but I didn’t know how to get it started. La Bella Baskets had everything set up for me. All I have to do is get the word out and that is easy! Especially when just about every month there are birthdays, anniversaries, and people are sending gifts (regardless of the economy). I know tons of people that are sending flowers, cookie bouquets and baskets and now they call me! People do like to do business with people that they know. :-)

    I am also making extra income with the referral program. It’s a no brainer. Its affordable and a simple business. No hidden agenda. What you see is what you get.

    I am now learning about online advertising with facebook and social media :-) La Bella Baskets also trains you how to get Free PR. It’s never a dull moment growing our business.

    I am thankful for the company. It is very refreshing seeing a company that doesn’t ask you to buy products, expensive kits nor do parties! It’s a simple program and I know success won’t happen overnight, but it’s my own business and I’m taking control of my future. I’m not wishing and praying for the economy to get better. I’m doing something about it.
    thank you again!
    Carol

  • Vernon

    How do I join La Bella Baskets? I went to the website clicked join now and the message said to get together with my Independent Gift Consultant.

  • Vernon

    How do I join La Bella Baskets?

  • http://www.labellagiftbasket.com Angela

    I’ve been a consultant with La Bella Baskets for over 4 months. It’s a great company with a simple plan:
    They make the gift baskets, take orders and ship product. You market your Gift Store online and/or offline.

    The co-founders created a company which gives anyone the opportunity to own a home business. The Training Center provides all the tools to succeed, email templates, flyers, brochures,business cards and more. We have almost daily live Company Calls which are recorded in case your unable to attend. They truly want you to succeed!

    Vernon, you can join through any consultants site.

  • http://www.workathomecareers.com Eddy Salomon

    Angela,

    Can you provide a little more detail about your actual experience with the company besides the spiel they give you to say and what we’ve already covered in the article above.
    How have you been doing with the company? What don’t you like about it? What do you like about it? How many baskets have you sold? Are you just making most of your money referring other consultants? That’s the stuff people want to know.
    Don’t just repeat the stuff on their website or scripts that may be provided to you. That’s how you’ll get people interested in joining under you and it will actually help people make the right decision for them. All companies claim they want you to succeed. The question how successful have they been in helping you succeed?

  • http://www.labellagiftbasket.com Angela

    Eddy,

    I’m sorry if you felt I was writing from a script or giving a spiel. I may have repeated information in the article, but the Training Center is important to mention because I’ve experienced another company which left you all alone with no training or support. I’ll give you a example of the support: I recently had a customer question that I didn’t know how to answer, I called the co-founder of the company and she picked up the phone (not voice mail) and promptly answered. That kind of support is very important, especially if your new to marketing. The company calls were also important to mention because
    we share ideas that help all of us to reach our goals.

    I’ve recently became a Senior Gift Director and make most of my income through referrals. When my team sells baskets their sales volume is included in mine. As the sales volume increases you get bonuses and your percentage on basket sales increases incrementally from 20% up to 35%. Basket sales do take time because you have to build a relationship with your potential customer. As you mentioned in the article were in competition with many large basket companies, but LBB has something the larger companies don’t have…personal service through each consultant.

    You do have to market consistently to get results because this isn’t a quick get rich business… it’s a legitimate home business. I’m personal glad to be a part of La Bella Baskets and see continued growth within the company.

  • http://www.workathomecareers.com Eddy Salomon

    Angela,

    No need for the apology. I’m just wanted to dig deeper than the stuff already discussed here and since you’re a member I was hoping you could fill in the gaps. Support is definitely very important, so no argument there. I’m sure it’s eased some folks fears hearing that you’ve been receiving some direct support. But more importantly I’m happy to hear you’re actually making money with the company. Maybe you can have some of your downline chime in on their experiences selling the baskets since most of your income has been derived from referrals. I’m interested in hearing how some of these successful people are competing against the big boys. I agree personalized service might be a great selling point. I think nowadays since there is such a lack of personalized services, talking to a real person one may know might make some people feel more comfortable which could definitely be a great selling point. So I thank you for pointing that out. In any event, thanks for chiming in with a little more detail. That’s what I was looking for so people can make an informed decision.

  • Cathy

    Too true eddy! I am keeping a very close I on this thread for the very reasons you just stated! The world of never signing an employment contract can be scary or it can be very exciting. It all depends on how you do your research.

  • http://www.bestcareerfromhome.net TaVona

    I joined La Bella Baskets in July 2010 and it’s a great multiple stream of income. It’s not the only thing I do but I like how easy and simple it is. Of course, you have to market which they train you how to do both online and offline. It’s totally up to you. The referral program is great also.
    For me, $20 a month is not bad compared to what some companies make you pay to start.
    I already received checks from them and it’s legitimate. I’ve had the chance to actually talk to the founders (Janis and Mia) and they are inspiring and want you to succeed.

    Overall, great company and awesome support :)

    ~TaVona

  • http://coolenergyprojects.com thesue

    I too am reading this with interest. Since Eddy “showed me the way” to affiliate marketing, I would like to know if they teach you about Key Words and how to put them on your websites, and how to backlink, all of which you MUST learn how to do to ever get on the first page of Google search results. How many articles do you have to write to submit to Ezine etc. Do they give you core articles to use and then you just re-write them? do they give you the key words or do you have to go search yourself which means learning how to use Key Word tools?
    I realize with gift baskets you can get friends and family not only to buy once but become repeat customers, but….. without getting on Page 1 for your Key word and without then getting into the top five—- I’m afraid it will fizzle .
    The other thing I want to know is how much leeway you have with the content you put on your sites. Can you make changes to wording to make get Google Love?
    I am asking all this because as as affiliate marketer I am always on the lookout for new ideas.
    Thanks,
    Sue

  • http://www.bestcareerfromhome.net TaVona

    Hey Sue,
    The training is very extensive and they give you a lot of information about building and growing your business. Janis and Mia (founders) are very supportive and respond timely to e-mails, so shooting them an e-mail if you have any questions in regards to marketing (google, keywords, backlinks, seo etc.) is a good idea if you were to start. I’ve e-mailed them a lot of times and they’ve been nothing but nice–and inspiring.

    I can’t list everything they offer for training in the back office because it’s a lot, but here’s a snip it:

    Online Advertising:
    Internet Marketing Lessons
    How to Place Free Ads Online
    Google Adwords
    Ads for Customers
    Ads for Reps
    Banners/Buttons
    Leads (Free & Paid)
    Grand Opening Email
    Successful Online Gift Shop Marketing
    Press Release
    Importance of Service
    Holiday Email Templates
    Online Advertising

    Marketing Ideas:
    Find Your Place in the $60 Billion Wedding Industry
    Marketing Gift Baskets for Administrative Professionals Week
    Want to Increase Spring Gift Basket Sales? Bring Customers to Your Site!
    Coupons
    Gift Basket Businesses Can Thrive This Holiday Season
    Target Your Gift Basket Business to Today’s Specialty Food Consumer
    Text Messaging: It Worked for the Obama Campaign; Make It Work for Your Gift Basket Business
    Cooperative Marketing Initiatives Valentines Day
    Gift Baskets for the Politicians
    Collecting Email Addresses for Holiday Email Campaigns
    Web Marketing for Gift Basket Businesses
    Say Thanks To Your Gift Basket Customers
    Keep Customers Loyal When Times Are Tough
    Meals in a Basket Gift Baskets
    Say Thanks to Your Best Gift Basket Customers

    Internet Marketing Lessons:
    Lesson #1 Email Marketing – Right or Wrong
    Lesson #2 Seven Simple Online Promotion Strategies
    Lesson #3 Increase Gift Basket Sales by Blogging (free video)
    Lesson #4 Email Addresses for Holiday Email Campaigns
    Lesson #5 Web Marketing for Gift Basket Business

    Again, those mentioned above are just some of what they provide in training. For the $1.97 7-day trial you’ll have access to all the training, which is nice because you can literally “test-drive” and see if this is for you.

    Hope this helps!

    ~TaVona

  • http://www.labellagiftbasket.com Angela

    thesue,

    You have to remember this is mainly a consultant program not an online marketing system. LBB doesn’t make you buy a domain so they don’t give you keywords. They provide you with 2 websites and teach you how to market those sites through backlinks. Many consultants, including myself have bought domains for better search results and either already were familar with keywords or taught ourselves…Google love!

    They do provide suggested written material for emails, ads,brochures etc.some of this material could be edited for article or create your own. Your free to market online and/or offline…use the suggested ideas or create your own!

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  • http://www.divaswithgifts.com Nicolette

    Just joined La Bella Baskets and I’m quite excited about the opportunity. I wish you all luck in your endeavors and I fully intend to share this blog, excellent.

  • http://www.workathomecareers.com Eddy Salomon

    Nicolette,
    Good luck. Keep us posted. It would be great to hear from people making some real money with the company. It sounds like the support is there but I would love to hear some success stories that translate into actual dollars.

  • rico

    hi eddy if la bella baskets is a scam? my anwer would be no i went to visit their website it’s a legitimate company not a fly by night if this is scam they would be reported on ripoff report consumer affair, complain board etc. as you know i was a victim of scam by home employment association/ agency they refused to refund my money after i emailed them twice got no response

  • http://www.workathomecareers.com Eddy Salomon

    Rico,

    I’m not sure if you actually read the review above, but we already concluded it wasn’t. By the way not all scams get reported to the sites you mentioned.
    It’s always a good idea to spread your net wide when doing your research which is why we suggest the steps in our scam video:
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/scams

    I’m sorry to hear you were scammed. You might want to call your credit card company to reverse the charges. That might be a good way to get your money back if said company is ignoring you.
    In any event, if you need help finding legitimate jobs that don’t cost you a dime, be sure to visit our jobs page listed here:
    http://www.workathomenoscams.com/jobs

    I hope this helps.

    Good luck to you.

  • Nicky

    I don’t think La Bella is a scam however it appears that the only real way to make ongoing money is by focusing on recruiting so that you will receive the $15 referral fee. La Bella also makes money off of the “free” discount prescription card offered to all consultants. As for the baskets; they are slightly higher than what an individual can find in the online marketplace however if you have good sales skills, it is doable.

  • deborah

    hi everyone i have been looking in to starting an online business, and i came across this company and it sound great so far, my question is, can i do this business from canada, i do relize there is no shipping to canada,us only, can anyne advise me on this

    thanks

    deborah

  • http://www.triond.com/users/minister+marlene Minister Marlene

    Hi Eddy,

    I really like your blog. You give out a lot of information which is much needed. There are way too many scams on the net. But there are also some good opportunities. As for La Bella Baskets so far I don’t think it’s a scam but we have yet to hear about how much money anyone has made. That would be the key. Is anyone getting paid. Is the company paying it’s reps?
    So I’ll check back here and at WHAM to see if anyone has posted on that. I’ve been earning some money writing on line. I’ll be checking this site for info on content writing. By the way Eddy I saw you on a news special some time ago. That’s how I was lead here. Your doing great work. It’s always refreshing to find a level of honesty on the net. You have a great site.

  • http://www.workathomecareers.com Eddy Salomon

    Thanks again Minister! I really appreciate the support.
    I agree with your criteria in regards to your research methods. I like reading about reports of people actually getting paid regularly. So it would definitely be nice to read more of those.

  • http://www.labellagiftbasket.com Angela

    Checks are mailed out the 1st and 16th of every month and they’re always on time. Pay varies between consultants, because as with any business it depends on various factors. We have 3 areas to earn: Product sales, Referrals and Corporate/ Business Memberships and coming soon Residual income from team member…one level, not MLM.

    Hope that helps!

  • http://www.workathomecareers.com Eddy Salomon

    Angela,

    What we meant is to actually hear from people that have been paid regularly chiming in not the payment schedule.
    If you’ve read my other reviews from other companies, people tend to share to chime in and say hey I’ve been paid many times or I just made x after x weeks, etc when companies are regularly paying many members.

    Again I don’t doubt the company is legit. It would just be nice to hear the success stories of many of the reps.

  • http://www.mylabellabaskets.com/lisa.html Lisa Martinez

    Hi, Eddy my name is Lisa Martinez and I’ve been with La Bella Baskets since December. This is my first home business opportunity and I’m really enjoying it. I work full-time and wanted to supplement my income so I came across this company. I’m a Silver Gift Baskets Director. I’ve been doing well with this company, I’ve gotten paid my bonuses that have come with my promotions, and have gotten paid for referrals that I’ve done. It’s nice to receive an extra check, I love receiving them they really come in handy. I do get back the money I invest every month. This company is really great, they have contests, provide all the material for us. It’s so easy, even for a beginner. I’m looking forward to more of the the great things this company will have to offer.

  • http://www.bestcareerfromhome.net TaVona

    Eddy,
    You don’t annoy people, you tell it like it is– which nowadays we can all appreciate. People are looking for non-bs, straight to the point information in decided which WAH business is best for them. Even though I’m a Consultant with La Bella Baskets in Minnesota, I do appreciate all your articles on various opportunities!

    Keep up the good work! Keep preaching! :)

    ~All Smiles :)

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    TaVona,
    Thanks for the kind words and support. I really appreciate it. But the reality is I do annoy some people for keeping it real. But that’s okay with me because most people feel like you do and that’s the folks I focus on. So thanks again!

  • http://www.mylabellabaskets.com/FatinaM.Html Fatina

    I recently joined Labella Baskets about two weeks ago! I will keep you all updated on everything. So far as many of the people who commented below me has mentioned, the training alone that they provide is what sold me on wanting to be apart of the company! Again, I will keep everyone update & when I actually receive my first check!

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Nice! Keep us all updated as to your progress!

  • Charlesott1982

    Eddy,

    I came across your website while I was researching this company. I’m doing my research but you’ve brought up some questions that it seems that have not been answered yet. I’d like to know what the average income is for a person who is doing the business. A friend of mine says the numbers do not lie, and I want to see the numbers not just for income but baskets actually sold through the website. Those are factors we’ve not yet seen answered. Over all I like your article and I will be returning your your website for future use and refrence.

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Obviously I don’t have the answers to this since I’m not part of this company. But in general the number of people that are successful in any given business are very small. That’s just a fact of life and why most people aren’t business owners. Most will fail. So that’s the reality for this company or any business.

    Those of us who beat the odds do so because of good training, hard work, a little luck and a lot of persistence. At the end of the day there are somethings that are not tangible in terms of numbers. There is a spirit that most successful entrepreneurs have that led them to success. Do the research most successful people are serial failures. The only difference between them and 99.9% of the population is they don’t give up.

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Obviously I don’t have the answers to this since I’m not part of this company. But in general the number of people that are successful in any given business are very small. That’s just a fact of life and why most people aren’t business owners. Most will fail. So that’s the reality for this company or any business.

    Those of us who beat the odds do so because of good training, hard work, a little luck and a lot of persistence. At the end of the day there are somethings that are not tangible in terms of numbers. There is a spirit that most successful entrepreneurs have that led them to success. Do the research most successful people are serial failures. The only difference between them and 99.9% of the population is they don’t give up.

  • Carolyn Hoffert

    In regards to your comments about taxes, I wanted to put it out there that LaBella gives you advice on how to get the most back from your taxes. I definitely know this does not take place of a tax and legal consultant, but it does allow you to get a general idea of what’s involved in your trial week. They let you know things you can implement to reduce your taxes, what forms are needed, etc. I find that useful and thought I would share.

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    It’s nice that they do that. But like you said, it’s always better to get tax advice from an expert. Because everyone’s situation is different and they can take that into account when doing your taxes.

  • http://twitter.com/SolStarPublg Monay

    Hi Eddy, I’m back with an update! So In January I stated I joined Labella Baskets. Well so far I’ve only earned about $25. The reason being was after I joined, I wasn’t as interested as I initially was when I first started. I’m one of those people who want “quick results” & when I saw that I was doing more & not earning anything, I had to check the credibility of Labella Baskets. So that prompted me to make a purchase to see if it was legit. (When you purchase from Labella as a consultant, you get commission off of your personal sales. I earned $10.00 back from the basket I bought my mom). I bought my mom a mother’s day basket. She received it & loved it! So from there my suspicions were cancelled out. Now today, I received a check for $15.00 for successfully recruiting someone, which honestly, I didn’t “actively” recruit them. They just happened to find an ad or something that I posted months ago & joined. So that’s the update. If I make any more money from Labella, I will definitely come back to post about it!

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Hey Monay,

    Thanks for sharing! Well let me share some advice with you. When running a business you don’t usually see “quick results”. That’s not how business works and why most people are terrified of it. You shouldn’t view this with an employee mentality where you put in x hours and you’re guaranteed x dollars.

    You basically have to grind hard now un paid for the most part and then you’ll see the fruits of your labor down the line. You have to be like a farmer. A farmer plants seed in some dirt which looks like nothing at the moment. And it looks like that for a while. Then little plants start to sprout up. And again it doesn’t look like you can live off that. But next thing you know those little seedlings become really lush and big. They start producing fruits and vegetables that the farmer can now harvest and live off for a while or even sell and make some more money.

    That’s how business is. Too often people just look at the dirt and just give up. They blame the seeds but that’s not the problem. It’s the person working the land. They haven’t put in the time to water and fertilize it but are expecting to see fast results.

    So keep that in mind my friend. No business works like that. Look what happened in your situation, you planted a few seeds and got a sale months later. Imagine what would have happened by now if you were planting more seeds and being consistent with this for those months. There might be several checks trickling in right now.

    Hope you can appreciate my advice. It’s what’s helped me become a very successful affiliate marketer that can stay home with my family full time.

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    You’re welcome! We’re definitely about people avoiding the real scams out there. But we’re also very focused on giving people a balanced review on a company so you can make an informed decision about said company. Too often reps just want to sugar coat everything but it’s just as good to know the good and ugly so you know what to expect if you do join. It makes a world of difference for everyone! Thanks again for chiming in. I really appreciate it!

  • Ruby Okoro

    THANKS, Eddy arranging flower baskets is something I really Love to do.  I am retired and desire to increase my income at home. Add another star to your crown because I choose to hire with La Bella Baskets.

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    You’re welcome Ruby!

  • Castleage Gamer

    Actually the LBB is not really good; it is better to have your own business with you taking all the pay than what LBB does. You pay a monthly fee even you don’t sell any.. so let’s say you are in a tight budget this $20 fee monthly can still be a lot to anyone, and before you earn a little dollar like $11 on one basket. They asked you a lot and time to advertise online and papy per clicks is very expensive. Most often you advertise for more than $500 and only get a little response and 2 or 3 sells in 6 months this can’t be a life for those who want to have money for real. Plus I have seen amazon.com some of their baskets in a lesser price and other basket sites with exactly have the same basket design and contents but a less price. 

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Welcome to the world of business. You’ll have to pay a monthly fee for something, whether it’s rent, employees, insurance, advertising, etc. That’s part of being a business owner. The fees aren’t really a big deal if you can turn a profit consistently. In fact the fees can be written off at the end of the year. So ultimately if you can make the business profitable you’re in a good place.

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Hi,
    I’m part of many companies where I don’t know much about the owners and they’re still legit. So that shouldn’t be your own point of research. You should consider how long the company has been around, if people are getting paid consistently, is there good support, etc.

    Knowing the leadership is nice but I don’t think it should be your major decision maker. But to each their own.

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    I’m not an affiliate of this particular company. But yes I do get paid when people sign up for other companies I have written which I’m totally PROUD of and divulge in my articles. Fortunately most people that read my body of work know that even though I may be an affiliate of a company I don’t just sing all the good praises of a company. I reveal the ugly too so they can make an informed decision. If they sign up, then cool, if not that’s cool too.

    Just because a person may be part of a company doesn’t mean they can’t provide real insight. Although I agree many reps of companies are clearly biased one sided and won’t tell you the bad stuff.

    That’s not what happens here and if you actually read my body of work, you would know that. But if you actually have some value to add about this company, feel free to do so.
    But attacking me isn’t helping any arguments you may have against them. Thanks

  • Anonymous

    Hi Eddy, thanks for writing this review of La Bella Baskets! I am a consultant with this company and I think they offer a fantastic, low cost way to own your own business and work from home. I used to own a retail gift website and did pretty well with it, but the monthly overhead costs were really high and having to stock and restock inventory, along with the hassle of packing shipping, became way to much work to make it worth it. I am a full time stay at home mom and I love that La Bella Baskets does all the hard work for us. We can work part time and still earn money. For only $20 a month, you can’t beat what they offer. I am thankful I found this company and I am looking forward to a long and rewarding work at home career with them.

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    You’re welcome. Thanks for sharing your experience!
    Although there is no such thing where the business does all the hard work for you, I get what you’re saying. They make it easier for you to do the work and achieve success. Either way it’s great to hear you’re passionate about the company. Please keep us posted on how you’re doing with it.

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    I would love to say I’m patient all the time. But that’s not the case. lol

    In any event, thanks for chiming in. You make a good point. I personally don’t know all the LBB reps so I can’t confirm your estimate about how much folks are really making. I’m sure there are folks doing very well with it.

    However I do see your point in cutting out the middle man. Some people are probably capable of doing this if they follow what you’ve suggested. But for some people the LBB system may just fit better for their needs.

    So it all depends on the person. But I do hear you point. And it’s great to hear you’re doing well cutting the middle man out.

    We’ve actually recommended and reviewed ETSY: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2010/01/06/is-etsy-com-a-scam/
    I agree it’s a great place to sell as well.

  • Laura Alice Rogers

    This company is a complete & total scam.  Friends ordered my baskets, only 1 friend actually RECEIVED the basket they ordered, & I never received a dime from any of the orders.  RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!

  • Laura Alice Rogers

    They scammed me completely.  You should look them up in the Better Business Bureau & I’m going to do the same.

  • Cathy Quigley

    I was surprised when I read Laura Alice’s reply about LaBella’s! I have been a consultant with them for about 6 months but had to quit for personal reasons. In the beginning it operated in the black which is why I plan to go back some time this year. A couple of months later I was making money. The most successful people work their business just as hard off line as they do online. They are very active in their forum as well. Mia and Janis are “hands on” owners and do everything they can to make sure you are proud of your business. A consultant has to be in communication with LaBella’s to keep things running smoothly, they also have to go out into the community and make their name known. Because of their forum any and every question gets discussed and resolved by every forum member. I never lost a dime or a friend do to problems. I met some wonderful people as well. I’m looking forward to going back and making money from it.

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    Thanks for sharing your insightful comment and being real about your experience thus far. I’m sure folks will get a lot of value out of what you’ve written. Please keep us all posted.

  • Sassyjane

    The person who said labella baskets doesn’t sell baskets from their own site is wrong. they do!

  • Jeff

    I enjoyed and learned alot from this article. Thanks

  • http://www.workathomenoscams.com Eddy Salomon

    You’re welcome Jeff!

  • Cynthia Poore

    I would agree to an extent but to have your own business is going to cost a lot more out of pocket to get it started then you are even going to make possibly within the first year. I am a consultant for Labella Baskets I joined this company because I like what they do, I like the baskets and I certainly don’t have enough time or money to start my own business and hope I make a profit. $20 a month is less than I spend on trips going to and from applying for typical jobs. I am a stay at home mom I work on My business through out the day whenever I want to I advertise how I want to with hardly any expense coming out my pockets. They give tons of free advertising tools and training in how to be successful. I would love to some day start my own business but that’s going to take time and a great deal of money so this works for me. It is productive, fun, and on my own schedule.

  • Cynthia Poore

    I just want to say. I joined Labella Baskets as a consultant primarily because they are directly up front with everything from the start. They do not hide anything and they tell you over and over again that this is a business not a get rich quick thing and if you want it to succeed you will have out of pocket expense and you have to work your business. I am still fairly new I’m only one month in and I am enjoying it. I take my business cards (that I printed up myself to safe on cost) everywhere I go, it gives me an opportunity to meet new people and talk with them. I promote my business on Facebook daily with contests and rewards. I’m loving it I havent started bringing an income in yet but I’m ok with that, Because I’m looking for long lasting customers that will keep coming back so I’m taking time to build those relationships. Labella has not made any promises of riches or of it ever being easy the only promise they have made is that they will be there to help me get my business going and continue to be there through it. Every time I have had a question or needed help with anything I have been able to contact a live person and get an immediate response that is clear and direct without any problems. They have marketing calls that are put on by the owners of the company and you can talk to them directly and ask them questions. It’s like having my own business but with less work, and WAY less out of pocket expense. And as far as the competition goes I’m not to worried about that yes there is similar baskets and similar companies but not all of them offer a consultant that is at your finger tips whenever you need them for anything and Labella Baskets offers that to every single one of their customers. Not just a web site to place your orders but a person that can help you with your orders, help you with any issues you may have and a person that is willing and able to fix it right away for you if an issue does come up.I’ve seen comments on here about how you can find the same baskets cheaper elsewhere true but you often get what you pay for. And if its cheaper its not always better. This is my opinion and ya’all can take it for what it is.

  • Angela

    Janis Rodriquez and Mia Florides are the co-founders of LBB and the company is accredited with the Better Business Bureau. They’re very open about all aspects of the company and provide excellent support/training. Consultants can reach both co-founders through phone, email and Mia conducts 3 different conference calls each week, so you may ask her any question you may have.

  • Wanda Whitley

    Wanted to know if there was any current information out about LLB. I was thinking about joining.

  • Wanda Whitley

    Sorry my comments was about LBB not LLB. Still need updated information.

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