Is Making Money Online at Home Just One Big Scam?

Is making money online at home a big scam? It seems to be a common question posed when I talk to people about making money online. There seems to be a stigma attached to making money in this fashion and normally this question is due to a lack of knowledge and understanding of setting up and running an internet business.

Firstly – an internet home based business is an actual business! In most cases you must sell people things, or generate sales for someone else. This involves work! People are becoming more accustomed to spending money online, and it is really no different to walking into a shop and spending money. Someone along the line needs to sell their product or service, or no one makes anything! Therefore, unless you are charging people money and not giving them anything, it is not a scam!

Secondly, you need to put in the work, and take action otherwise you probably will get involved in home based business scams. In the offline world, businesses dont grow themselves, and they dont in the online world either. You need to start small, and gradually take action each day, growing your sales, subscriber list, making or finding products, researching the market etc. It takes work! The get rich fast schemes on the internet may exist for some, but largely, it takes time to make money online as it does offline.

In saying that, the opportunities online are massive, and there is certainly the potential to make vast quantities of money in a relatively short space of time. You just need to learn the skills and take action each day. That is what will make you succeed online.
Here are a few pointers to get you started:

1. Do your Research There are many people out there posing as Gurus, but there is a lot of great information out there. Do your best to research any products and courses that you plan to invest in and chose one or two reputable people to follow.

2. Invest in yourself Education is key in your success. Invest in your education. Read books, and attend seminars on your chosen subject and always continue to learn as much as you can.

3. Take Action All the education and information in the world is not worth a thing if you never apply it. Put the knowledge you have into action or you will never achieve anything. This is one of the defining factors between those who succeed and those who dont!

4. Remain Focused Make a plan and stick to it. Dont be sidetracked by new opportunities each day, or you will achieve nothing! There are many business models out there blogging, adsense, product creation, affiliate marketing – decide what business you are going to do and focus on it.

5. Persevere You will not succeed overnight. If you do, then congratulations! For most of us though, you will need to fail a few times before getting it right, and even then, you will be able to improve as you go.

Keep these factors in mind as you start and grow your business and remember to have some fun!

Colin Mackenzie Expert on Internet Marketing, Self-Improvement and Self Help. Visit my website for more information at

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