Top 9 Tips To Avoid Make Money Online Traps

We do more things online than off it – be it connecting with others or making money. The internet of all things offers you dozens of opportunities for making some money. Nevertheless, with better opportunities come bigger troubles.

Humans are attuned to draw meaning from a person’s body language. Duping people becomes difficult in real life, because body language is hard to control and fake. On the internet, however, this hurdle is easily crossed by scammers, fraudsters or anyone else trying to manipulate you.

Without any real interaction, deceivingsomeone becomes very easy.  Cyber-scams have been on the rise in the recent years.  Surely the internet has opened the floodgates of money-making opportunities, but tricks and traps have become commonplace for online workers.

There are many easy ways to make money online. However, prudence should be practiced so as to not fall victim to scams and traps. Here are some online money making traps to avoid.

  1. Match Betting Sites

There are numerous sites that let you bet for or against the teams playing in real time. If the sites selected are genuine, you might be able to win some good money in betting. Caution should be practiced here – the sites for betting should be genuine and should not make you pay a registration fee. These should be verified and authenticated. Most countries have licensed betting sites, so you should try to gauge which ones are genuine before registering and loading your wallet.

  1. Paid Search On The Web

Many websites provide cash for searching on the web.  They have paid links, which allow them to pay out for searches. These could all be a sham. You should only search on the tried and tested sites which do not provide paid links.Such links might induce viruses in your devices. Very few paid searches are genuine and completely safe to use.

  1. Online Surveys

Online Surveys are a very popular method of generating side income for cash-strapped students, home-makers, senior citizens or anyone who has some time to spare in their day. Companies like to know how their product or service is faring in the market. They pay marketing research agencies to conduct market surveys.

Many websites invite you to participate in surveys that pay cash. It merely takes a few minutes to fill the form. Based on the survey complexity and duration, your pay will vary. The rewards can be in form of cash or coupons. Genuine websites don’t ask for a registration fee from you. You do not have to pay for something that you’re supposed to earn from.

  1. Job Emails

Many times you may have come across emails that promise you a good salary while working from home – the idea is obviously appealing. Unsolicited emails of such sort are mostly unscrupulous. However attractive the opportunity appears, be wary of it.

Do not respond to such emails.If you participate in such transactions you’ll become what’s known as a money mule, and guilty of money laundering or of aiding and abetting criminal activity. If you get caught, you could face a hefty fine and potentially, a criminal record.

  1. Online Shopping and Secondhand Selling Sites

There are legitimate buyers and sellers and then there are scammers that misuse the anonymity of internet to deceive unsuspecting shoppers. If you are selling on an ecommerce platform, ensure the website has positive reviews and a community where people share their experiences, and share warnings about possible suspicious sale and purchase activity. Otherwise you may lose money as well as your product.

Here’s the telltale sign of a scam. Buyers often a higher price than agreed and ask you to refund the amount later, or overseas buyers are willing to buy items which are commonly available (like chairs, couches etc.). Offers that sound too good to be true, are generally so, hence be diligent in how you deal with such miraculous deals.

  1. Online Market Trading

Many online trading platforms let you trade stocks online. Only the trusted and most used websites should only be used for online trading purpose. Generally, fake sites show schemes like “earn $1,000 in 5 minutes”, which are too good to be true.If done right, trading can make you a handsome side salary or even become your main income source.

  1. Investing in Bitcoins and Cryptocurrencies

2017 year saw a gigantic surge in cryptocurrency trading across the globe. Many websites offer to purchase the most profitable cryptocurrencies for you, and promise exponential returns – beware of such sites. Invitations to these websites might usually appear as pop-ups. Cryptocurrency trade is not easy; it requires understanding the currencies and the market sentiments.

  1. Geo-targeted Ads

Be wary of ads that give area specific rags to riches stories. They might be showcasing a legitimate heart-warming tale like “this man who was homeless in (your area) turned his life around in just 30 days, if he can, so can you”. Avoid clicking on such links; they are the definition of a scam.

  1. Automatic Membership Renewal

Membership websites and subscription products give out free trials mentioning to “just pay for the shipping”. The subscription of these websites is automatically renewed. It might be in your best interest to go through the website carefully, read the return, refund, cancellation policy and read customer testimonials on the website before subscribing and giving out confidential information about yourself.

  1. Refundable Dollar Subscriptions

Any websites which provides this kind of a subscription stating the $1 you invest will be refunded is basically checking for your willingness to pay. Personal information is what they are really after.

Concluding Remarks

Some other definite ways in which you can save yourself from money making traps are by registering only at renowned job exchange websites. Online scams may have bigger consequences than only the loss of your money. They could spoil your reputation, cause social embarrassment, and wreck your spirit for entrepreneurship forever.

Starting Your Own Business on a Budget: Tips & Tricks

starting your own business on a budget

Starting your own business can seem unattainable, especially when you have limited funds to work with. When thinking about launching, you might feel as though you need a large sum of money in order to even begin. But, I have good news; this is not always the case. In fact, I was able to start my own business for roughly $650, including the paperwork to register as a limited liability company (LLC). I still have yet to take out a business loan. So, fret not; starting your own business on a budget (and without a loan) is possible, and the following are some tricks and tips to help you launch:

Starting Your Own Business On a Budget

Don’t quit your day job:

Normally, “don’t quit your day job” implies you should not pursue anything more than what you are currently doing for money. But, when I say this, I mean maintain your full-time job as you develop your dream. Spend a few hours every night after work (or at your leisure, depending on your level of motivation to start) developing your business plan. Know that you want to start a business but unsure where to begin? Pick something you are passionate about or very knowledgeable in.

As you start the process, plug away some money from your full-time job each month for your business. Even if it is jus $20 a month, every little bit helps and will make launching more of a reality.

Reach out to friends:

Assuming you have already done your market research and developed a business plan, you can reach out to supportive friends who may be willing to help you with certain services you may need to move forward.

For example, if you are a copywriter needing a logo, see if one of your friends in graphic design would be willing to do a trade for service and/or a discounted rate to create your identity. Most of the time, you will most likely find someone willing to help. Even your friends with a background in law may be available to provide some tips on getting started with paperwork or offer a lower rate to help. You can also use the money you’ve been saying from your full-time job to pay for these services up front. Never assume your friends will do it for free; they are, after all, also in business and need to make money too. Also, don’t forget to refer them and spread the love! They will appreciate your word of mouth referral more than you know.

Start online:

The internet is full of amazing opportunities. You can easily start your business online through the creation of a website. Sites like Weebly, Wix, and even WordPress.com all are great platforms to begin on a budget as they all offer templates you can work off of with zero web design skills. With these, you’ll also need to purchase a domain name (AKA your business web address), a process they each walk you through when you sign up. When using WordPress, you will also need a hosting site, which is basically a home for your domain name. Weebly and Wix have theirs built in to their platforms, but their customization is not as advanced as WordPress. Bluehost or GoDaddy.com are both examples of where you can find hosting sites. Again, you may want to reach out to a friend or use a consultation with a marketing company to help you get started with this particular process, as it can sometimes be complicated.

In addition to a website, you can now sell items on Facebook. If you do not want to upgrade your site to be secure enough to sell items (all websites need to have what is known as an SSL certificate when selling items or even collecting emails, which protects private information of site visitors), you can create an account at Shopify.com and connect it to your Facebook page or use Facebook as your store. You will need, however, a PayPal or Square account in order to move forward.

Starting online allows you to save on initial overhead costs (other than your website) on a brick-and-mortar. But, you can surely invest in a physical location after getting your feet wet. This all depends on whether your business would benefit on a physical address or if you can survive solely online.

Make it a side hustle and have supplementary income:

Starting your own business on a budget does not mean you have to wait until you are no longer at your full-time job to begin. You can start with it as a side hustle and continue to grow it until you are ready to be full-time. By all means, you can also make it your primary focus and help your financial situation with a supplementary income until you start seeing a profit in your business. House sitting, dog walking, and freelancing are all examples of easy ways to get this going. You could also use the money from your supplementary income to invest into your business if you needed the extra funding for a special project.

Grow through networking:

Networking is an especially cost-effective way to grow your business. No matter what industry you are in, everyone can benefit from networking. Check your local events calendar to see where opportunities may be for you to meet prospects. You can also utilize your existing connections or memberships to grow. For instance, if you have a gym membership, and you are starting a catering business, you can reach out to the gym manager or members who work at local businesses to see if they would be interested in your services.

All in all, know that starting your own business on a budget can be done. No matter what, though, it always takes consistency and a lot of work in order to make it happen.

Have you been dreaming of starting your own business or have you already? What tips would you add to the list? 

You Really Have to Invest in Digital Marketing and Here’s Why

tips for job huntersGetting your business going requires a lot of planning and work. For instance, starting up would mean not being able to afford a physical location just yet. So you put off plans to make sure you have secured enough money to rent a vacant lot and start operating. But holding up your operations might mean losing the opportunity to target a market that could have benefitted from your product or service when it was a still problem. Now that you are open for business, it would seem another company has taken your place.

We do not want to lose even before we started playing the game, so how are we going to do this if we do not have the funds for a physical location? Well, there is always the Internet and the efforts geared towards raking in customers from it. We are talking about digital marketing, of course. You can find a company that will help you understand online marketing techniques and maximising business content services; and you will see that it is a tried and tested technique that will give positive results.

A lot of small businesses have seen the advantages of investing in digital marketing and having a solid online presence. It would be wise to start looking into it and studying how you can make use of the Internet to your benefit. But to help you understand it more, we have listed down ways on how you can make use of digital marketing to improve your business.

Make sure you have a website

Not a lot of people realise that websites are a very powerful Internet tool. They think having a Facebook or a Twitter is enough to have an online presence. But a well-designed website is what will rank on search engines, one you can manipulate however you can to make sure potential customers can discover you. It should be a treasure trove of information that any social media would not be able to house. You can have a blog on your website along with video demos and company background.

However, content is pretty useless if the design is very meek. Make sure that the design compliments the content, and that navigating the website is intuitive.

Learn about SEO

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is an online marketing technique that will help you rank on Google or any other search engine. Involved in this would be optimising your website content by making use of keywords that people would type in a search bar to inquire. If your optimisation techniques are aligned with the best practices, your website will be one of the first ones to appear on the results page.

Have a dialogue with customers

Being active on social media is one way to keep customers interested. But if you really want to retain them and attract more, you will have to engage with them. Discuss with them about the problems or concerns they might be facing that your product or service can help them with. You can ask how you can improve your business, or you can even just choose to say, “Hi”.

Consider email marketing efforts

Contrary to what we believe, people still open their emails. In fact, many opportunities have opened for businesses who continue sending out newsletters and email marketing promos. What you can do is to build an email list through a subscription form that will be available on your website. You can send them weekly updates about your product, or even about the industry. Send them promos and discount deals, and so on.

What we have listed above are sure fire ways to attract and maintain customers. Of course, you have to be proactive when it comes to the Internet because trends can easily come and go. But once you have the hang of it, digital marketing will be a breeze.