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3 Quick Tips For Baby Boomers Who Want To Start An Online Business

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quick tipsMany of us Baby Boomers are intrigued with the idea of starting our own online business. There’s a certain excitement and an “I Can Do It” attitude as we contemplate not working for “the company” but rather owning our own company.

But wait! There are a few things that you really should know.

There are cautions you should take and research you must conduct. Or else, if you’re not careful, you will fall prey to the first scammer that shows up in your search bar.

I suspect it was us Boomers that coined the phrase, “A fool and his money are soon parted”. Let me be brutally frank…don’t be the fool!

3 Quick Tips

Don’t ignore these if you want online success…the scammers are lurking!

1. Research Everything & Everybody

There are far too many scams and people willing to separate you from your money. But the great thing with the internet is that you can research both pros and cons. Do not skip this!

There are many reputable websites that offer reviews on certain products as well as online business opportunities. You may have to drill down a bit on the latter as those who promote the product do their own reviews…always positive…and trying to get you to go “all in”.

But keep digging, the information is out there. This website has reviewed some of these scams which you can find here.

2. What Are They Offering?

Now, you may have to submit your name (should only need your first name) as well as an email so that you can access their information. That’s fine, even create a new email if you wish so that you’re not giving out your main home email.

But whether it’s through a review as noted above or because you have gained even limited access by signing up, take a close look at what’s being offered…for free!

CAUTION: do not buy anything else until you know what the product or service is!

Reputable sites will provide you with:

  • an overview of their program,
  • what the purpose of the site is,
  • what you will learn,
  • what kind of support is available,
  • if there’s a forum or Chat Room,
  • basically, what’s in it for you

You should note that even the reputable websites will have upsells but…here’s the thing…you shouldn’t be buying without being given the option of trying.

You want to be given the time to “try out” the product, follow the training, even see some success. Then, and only then, should you contemplate if this is something you want to do long-term…and then you can upgrade BUT only if you choose to.

3. There Better Be An “Out” Clause

Sure, most sites will tell you that you have a certain period of time to try it (after you buy in) and that you can get a full refund. But make sure that this is legitimate BEFORE you buy.

One way you can check the legitimacy is to contact the support desk (if they don’t have one you should get out now). Find out how responsive they are to your questions, including if they get back to you in a timely fashion as many of them are via email support tickets.

The other thing to remember, many of us do not actually request a refund, we just get out. So make sure that you don’t put up a ton of money at the front end.

If you are looking to check out how you can start up your own online business then check out my recommended online school. Start a free account and decide for yourself if the training and the community are what you are looking for.

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  1. Outstanding Rick. You are so right when it comes to researching who and what your about to purchase online. Especially when it come to digital information or downloads.

    You could alway research the owner by simply Googling their name. You may have to dig into the 2nd,3rd,or 4th page before you find interesting information.

    BTW…I love the look of your blog great job. Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks, Paul. I appreciate your comment. Sometimes it’s difficult to find out who the scam owners are because they either keep it hidden or even change it. I read about that recently but someone actually dug deeper to find out who the owner is. All the best to you.

  2. Great post and advice.

    I know if more people would take more time doing their due diligence before buying a product or service. Less people would end up loosing money on all the garbage products and services being offered online.


    • I agree, it is our responsibility to do our due diligence but too often we grab at the first bright thing that comes our way. I’ve done it so I know first hand…hmm, new post I think. What drives people to leap before they look. Thanks Leo.

  3. Rick,

    You have provided the main due diligence points that anyone must undertake before parting with their hard-earned cash in any online program. You’d think that we, as baby-boomers, would know better, but even we can get caught up in the hype and false promises.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    ~ Jude

    • We Baby Boomers grew up in a time of unlocked front doors and keys left in the ignition. We’re a trusting group 🙂 I suspect that’s why so many scammers go after Boomers and seniors. Thanks for reading.

  4. Buyer Beware
    It still all boils down to one thing…”if it sounds too good to be…well, you probably know the rest…I have been around the internet since it’s birth…It took the loss of a lot of my time and money before I realized ‘snake oil’ thrives on the information highway.
    Hopefully, people of all ages will read your post and take your tips as a lesson to remember.
    Kudos to you for a great looking site.
    You have traveled far ,Grasshopper 😉

    • Thank you Master. I have caught the pebble from your hand. I do appreciate all the help and direction you provided in my early online days. Much appreciated.

  5. Nice article. I hate those scams that start you off with a video that cannot be fast-forwarded. You just can’t force me to watch your video.

    • I totally agree. Finding the pause button and the length of the video is one thing I look for right away. What also annoys me is trying to get off some of these pages; they often have at least one promotion before you leave. Very annoying and I can’t leave fast enough.

  6. Rick what you have written to watch out for is so true. I cannot stand those videos with no FF on them About 2 months ago I started to view a “product” video. I clicked away, to leave the page several times and there were four pop up boxes. The product went from $69 to $9. A sure sign something is not as it should be. I couldn’t tell you what the product was for. But yes, a scam to make hundreds $$$ overnight. People have to be so vigilant. When you don’t know anything though it is so easy to lose your money. In the example I’ve given, how many people got stung for the $69 when they could have got this garbage for only $9?

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