So you want to know how to start an online business for free? Note here, the keyword is for free.
Before I share with you about starting a legitimate online business which really works, let me first explain a bit more about scams.
What are scams and how do they work?
If you get something for free, you are unlikely to get scammed right?
When there are freebies thrown in, there might be a catch somewhere.
Sometimes the Free Stuff is the bait for the Bigger Scam behind
For eg, the free stuff can be a low-value product which main aim is to lure you into their scam.
The thing about scams is, sometimes they sound legitimate and they show proofs and testimonials, so it’s difficult to identify them.
Types of scams
1. Free products. A low-quality product is offered for free. In exchange, they offer some expensive course guaranteed to give you 300% returns
2. Money-Back Guarantees. When you see the “money back guarantee” wording, do you feel more assured and likely to sign up for something?
This seems to give you a choice to opt out later.
There are two mechanisms at work here, take note of the “it takes more effort to opt-out” mentality and “guarantees may not be guaranteed”, but more on these later.
3. No-use schemes. You have paid money and the system didn’t work – I have seen this in many MLM schemes or other similar Ponzi schemes.
These may come attached with stiff terms and conditions which once you fail to adhere to, the scheme fails.
4. Legitimate systems. Yes, there are real legitimate systems that really work out there but some are priced at a very high price. An average person could not possibly afford it.
If you find yourself paying through your nose for the membership course and in the end, your earnings do not justify the cost, you would probably classify that as a different type of scam.
Well, maybe not exactly a scam but essentially you are supporting the owners of that particular program and not making earnings for yourself. ie, the profits do not justify the effort you put it.
You probably guess that I’m talking about upsells.
You sign up to a program, then you need another program to complement it and then another and another and another, until you have spent thousands on a single program before you start.
Is this a good start?
Does something sound too good to be true? Then it probably is too good to be true. Scams can sound so convincing that people just could not help falling for it.
Scam or not, decide for yourself.
I once did an extensive research on this high profile website and found it very likely to be a scam, read my review here.
Now, if you have been scammed before, don’t despair. Sometimes it’s a good thing to fall into a pit, because the next time round you are more likely to recognise another pit and you know how to get yourself out of it.
So, if you have been scammed before, great, that made you a wiser person, and if you learnt your lesson and do a thorough research the next time, you are unlikely to be scammed a second time.
So let’s avoid scams at all costs!
I treat all these as stepping stones towards my ultimate goal = break the online marketing code and finally become a successful online entrepreneur.
Now I believe that you reap what you sow, so whatever effort you put in, the end results should be proportionate.
A Legit Business Opportunity
I consider myself fortunate that this year I came across a legit business opportunity. At first, I was skeptical and went around looking for reviews in the internet.
It was quite unbelievable that there are very little negative reviews and lots of positive ones.
I took a long time examining this pricing table and what make me sign up was the fact that Starter Membership is for free.
In fact, initially I thought it was only free for 7 days and I waited until I’m sure I have a full 7 days to commit before I sign up.
It was only when I was inside the program that I know actually the Starter Membership is free forever.
Yes, you didn’t read that wrong.
Wealthy Affiliate Starter Membership is forever free.
The 7-day limitation applies to certain premium features which you have access to for the first 7 days, so you can experience what Live Chat is about and try out the 1-on-1 coaching.
Now this tells a lot about a program, if it’s willing to let you try the premium features for free for 7 days and offers free membership forever, it shows confidence.
(Yes, you can try out premium features for 7 full days, that is quite a lot of time for you to find out information and do further research. Also, you can access Live Chat and ask what premium members think about the program.)
* Live Chat – real time interactions with members currently log on and active in Chat *
What happens after the 7 days?
As I mentioned above, you can remain a free member for as long as you want. You just won’t have access to the Live Chat and Private Messaging (direct messages into members’ inbox) and some of the training courses.
You will still have access to many of the available courses open to free members.
Point to note: as a free member, you can still join its affiliate program and earn commission, check out a sample of possible earnings here.
This is a program where you will see results if you will take the time and effort to learn everything about building an online business.
Follow through with the courses, and you will find the gold at the end of the rainbow.
How Do You Actually Start An Online Business?
This is what Wealthy Affiliate will be teaching you about. It provides you with all the knowledge you need to know about website building as well as the necessary tools to help you along the way.
A scam cannot become a scam if you don’t pay it money right? Why not take the leap and try this out now.
Other than the premium membership (which is worth paying for by the way), it will never ask you to pay money for anything else.