Honest Free Work At Home Jobs
In search of the holy grail?
The honest free work at home jobs doing online marketing – do they really exist – or is it just a waist of time trying to find them?
This is a good question that it’s important to ask yourselves before you start looking. You need to start your search for a legit work at home job setting up some “ground rules” for yourselves. You need to ask yourselves – what would I consider to be honest or legit.
I has the same thoughts some years back after seeing all the changes that happened in Internet marketing and all the offers flooding the web. Some where easy to spot. Others a bit harder to decide if they where the real deal or not. This is around 8 to 10 years back now. Thinking back – I have been involved in online marketing for around 15 years. A really long time…..
But back then – around 8 years ago – I noticed the changes – and so did many others – and some turned to me for help. What do you think of this? What about that one? Can this realy be true? Will I be rich by just joining this opportunity?
There was a lot of questions coming in, and I tried to answer to the best of my knowledge. But at one point I just had to make a decision on how to handle those questions – they where actually becoming time consuming – and I was afraid to miss something and give a bad recommendation. So I sat down and asked my selves just that question – what does it take for a product or a business opportunity to be considered as a honest free work at home job.
And it was not easy! What should I measure? What should be the most important part of the evaluation? Should it be the business or company? The person behind? Should it be the marketing? Should it be the commission plan? The websites or the systems they used? Or what?
It ended up with being all of those. And to make it easier for me I had to set up a “Blueprint” on how I did the evaluation. After some months trial and error – I came up with what worked for me.
First I looked at the “Big Picture” – Did it seem compelling to me? Did I like the general idea behind it? Did I like the products? Did I like the commission plan? I would give those and more a “weight” from 0 to 10 – with 10 being very good. I had around 20 questions on a spreadsheet – That could give a total of 200 weight points with full score on every point. At one point it almost became a habit to analyze new products, opportunities honest free work at home jobs or products this way. It was very clarifying – but not promising to see the results. Very few passed 100 points in this initial evaluation.
Those that passed 150 points was next tested in a much more serious way. Those not passing failed fot easy to spot and obvious reasons.
This could be because it was only a form of chain letter, it could be no real products or a commission plan that would “run dry” very quickly.
At one point i did this as a payed service where marketers that had seen some success – and maybe already had big teams they wanted to move to a new business – contacted me. Often they had two or alternatives picked out that they wanted to know more about.
To analyze one business properly, it would take me at least one week full time. To not waist their or mine time or money -we had a written agreement that I could end an investigation if I found to negative things early in the research. Often it only took a day to make this conclusion.
In many cases it was easy to find information regarding the company or persons behind that where not to good. Or it could be that it was impossible to actually find the company or get in contact with them. I mean – If you stand there at the door – with maybe 10 000 people ready to join – people that is experienced with on or offline marketing – would a real legit company lock the door, switch of the light and pull down the curtains? No I dont think so!
OK, some just got scared about these large numbers – and maybe knew that they did not have a system to handle it. Some where honest about that, but where willing to arrange everything best possible. Those where often the “happy” merges. I remember one case, where a company only had around 600 members – and suddenly 26 000 where knocking at the door – at the same time – I think a bit shocking for them.
They had struggled for over a year already – and where about to give up when this happened – but they where honest about it – and we found a good solution to make everything happen. 26 000members times $600 equels a lot of money up front – not to speak of 26 000 members times $56 times 12 months in recurring member fee – a shitload of money!
But it went well – the company used a lot of money on a new member system that could handle this – and while they where getting this part in place – those 26 000 did their part – three months later that membership counted more then 100 000. But this is a sunshine history – in other cases the people behind just tried to get money – with no intention to do as they should.
As time went – more and more rather strange attempts to offer work at home jobs opportunities was born – and died again just as quick. Just a few years back it was both difficult and costly to start out – and that made the most lame attempts of scams more visible and easy to spot.
Fast Forwarding til today – it has become way to easy for anyone to make a go at it – with no knowledge of whats actually involved in starting and operating a business – and no intention of delivering to the members.
Just a year ago I discovered what seemed to be a good idea and company at first – turned out to be a 16 years old boy having fun. Everything looked very smooth and well organized – but commissions where not paid out. It was a friend of mine that asked me if I could have a look at this.
Well, I found out a lot – and asked this boy nicely to pay out his members – no response. He was a bit surprised when three police officers knocked at the door. This was in a small English town. It turned out that he had the intention to pay the members – but his parents had shut down the DSL line and confiscated his computer. He had been neglecting school to much – and they did not realize that he was actually doing business big time. In the end it turned out well. His father took charge and had some other people run it for him – and members where paid.
If we a looking at this arena today there have been a major shift in the last 6 months alone. New home based businesses and work from home offers pop up everywhere. And it’s not easy to evaluate anything anymore. But most of them may come from honest people that are working hard to make it – in their spare time – from their bedroom or kitchen. Most of them will fail if they start to see success. Yes, I know that that is a strange statement. But it’s what history tells us. It’s easy to run a small operation – but if things start to grow it’s easy to get behind.
I see companies go into the same trap over and over again – not even their hosting can take what’s coming with a inrush of new members.
Just a month ago a friend asked if i could have a look at his new “company” and website. He had already managed to sell about 50 of his product. Just a pdf and and a training video. When I told him that his hosting was more like toy – he got angry at me – but I managed to convince him to test it. In his world he had unlimited storage – and unlimited bandwidth. I told him shared servers and bottleneck. He did not believe me……
So I just ordered a “traffic package” of 20 000 global visitors – to be delivered over the span of one week. Thats less then 3000 a day – and less then 120 a day. He almost laugh at me and those metrics. So the traffic started – and after 24 hours his hosting company closed the door on him. “Too much use of resources was the nice message” His hosting plan was called “Large Business” but it could not even handle that. His site was in my eyes no more then a WP site with a membership plug in. Not cashed or optimized – but a basic site. Looking at the stats none had even loaded any training video. He was a bit shocked when he realized that this was reality.
Next I recommended him a pro service with automatic scalable cloud hosting – but even at the basic setup and rate of $250 a month – he could not afford it. This just to illustrate some of the problems one needs to be prepared for today.
So even if something is a free honest work at home job – one could meet problems like this. What worries me more in today’s market is all the hype and overselling. Very few products do what they promise. And as this hyping up everything has been going on for some time – to many actually believe that “the next best thing” is going to save them. There is a name for this…SOS… or “Shiny Object Syndrome” and it is damaging for the whole industry. Very few actually try to learn about what they have joined. They don’t do whats needed – or only do parts of it – and when it “don’t work” – they jump to the next. In many cases I might ask – is there a honest and legit member that joins a membership or honest free work at home job?
Everyone should start in that end and ask these questions first….
What time do I have to spend on a work at home job or a home based business?
What money do I have to spend to get started – and to spend monthly?
Am I willing to do the work needed to see the results I want?
Do I have the skills needed?
If not – Am I willing to learn what’s needed?
I know – many do not agree with me – and for a reason – they don’t want you to think at all! You see, they are dependent of you failing – they are dependent of you keep buying their stuff all day long. They are not interested in you – just your money!
Sounds hard? – I know – but it’s the sad truth in today’s market. And this is one of the reasons that some 85% fail in their attempts to make an income online. They serve you “One Button Dreams” “3 Clicks to Wealth” and a lot of Shiny Objects. Sad – but the truth.
So this leaves us with the question again – is honest free work home jobs to be found anywhere?
Just for fun i did this search in http://google.com Honest free work at home jobs – Guess what – it returned 50,700,000 results! Can you imagine that? 50,7 MILLION results! Ok, this is not fair since this result is more for each of these words – so I did another search like this “Honest free work at home jobs” This time the rusult was 4 070 This means that there are 4 070 sites out claiming to offer homest free work at home jobs – So many are claiming to offer it – but how many are real honest free work at home jobs!
I’m sure there are many – and I know of some – but even so – they are hard to find in all the noise out there.
A while back there was a post at one of my blogs…
“I have a question…. what is the hardest part at starting with work at home jobs or a home based business – I mean to make money online? – And is there – and how do I find a honest free work at home job that I can make a lot of money online with?”
And that was actually a very well thought and important question. After thinking about it for a while – I answered him wit an email…
“Hi Thomas, and thank you for your question!
I answer you by email, because this was a bit of topic for that blog – but here it goes…
The hardest part – you made me think a bit there – but as things are today – the answer is obvious.
It’s traffic – it’s getting the targeted traffic needed to make the sales needed to make an online income.
Not to speak of when you state two things – It need to be free – and make a lot of money online.
Let’s look at that for a moment – free – want is actually “free”? Is it that it can’t cost you any money – or is it that it can’t cost you any money – OR time or both? We need to look at things in the right perspective and in this case it’s important to realize that there are no such thing as “Free Traffic”! To get traffic it will either cost you money – or time and maybe even a combination of both.
And the other part “a lot of money online” … what is “a lot of money? is a couple of hundreds of dollars? Is it $1K?, $10K?, $50K?…
I’m sure you can see where this leads us. The question is what are YOU meaning with free – and what is a lot of money for you.
So I will have assume what you mean. With free you would still be willing to work – to spend time to get where you want. With a lot of money I will use $3K monthly. In real life – that is actually a lot of money from online activity.
In most cases people start out in AF – or affiliate marketing – witch again mean that one will sell other peoples products for a commission – often 50 % of the selling price. Many start with Clicbank product – and often with product costing $20 to $47 – 50 % of that would be $10 or $23.50. Lets assume that the chose product have a commission of $15 for each sold.
Now we have to do some math. $3000 in monthly income / $15 is 200. Meaning you would need to sell 200 pieces of that product each an every month to earn a $3K monthly income. But it actually get worse. Charge backs and refunds. There is a lot of it when it comes to Clickbank products. In real life you would have to sell around 250 of that product each and every month to meet your income goal.
Next we need to find out how much traffic you would need to make those sales. To make any sale is two step process.
1 – You need to get traffic – meaning people watching your ad or site.
2 – You need to get those people interested in what you are offering.
The best way here is get highly targeted traffic – meaning that the people seeing your offer already is looking for what you are offering.
Even with targeted traffic – most do not buy from you right away – and why should they`. I mean who are you – and is what you are offering right for them? So you have to build trust – and presell them. We do this by getting them to sign up more information. Best way is to use a free offer of a kind. A free report on the topic they are interested in – some tools or resources or the like. So you would need to have an autoresponder that sends them a series of email – building trust and pre selling them – and hope that they will eventually buy your product.
It normally takes 6 to 12 email to make that sell – and not will do it. So first you would need to convert that raw traffic into subscribers – next turn them into customers. Those are the steps we spoke about above. So knowing that – and having a good converting front offer – the free report or the like – and well written email series – you could expect – at the most 1 out of 1000 seeing your front offer – buying your product as a result. To get 250 sales – it would take around 250 000 visitors to reach this level! This is also why most fail when starting out. It would be almost impossible to generate that kind of traffic a newcomer in this game.
Please understand – i don’t state what I just did to put you off – I just want you to realize what this is all about. Let’s continue…
With “Free” as the only option – there is need for some serious work to achieve numbers like that. For some 90 % – it just wont happen.
For most this is like hitting a brick wall – and panic set’s in. Solutions….. This is when SOS kicks in. The before mentioned “Shiny Object Syndrome”. What you need to understand is this… Most of what you see online is others trying to sell you “dreams and hope” – in most cases they are trying to reach their own dreams and full fill their on hopes by selling them to you. Not a good starting point. Most of them are – maybe like you – searching for a solution – an instant solution.
So “Free” is really not free – it would take a lot of time to start without knowing these facts. So what is the solution you might ask?
Well there is a solution. First of all you would need to understand the facts I have presented so far – and make an informed decision from there. As marketing evolved the last years – and actually turned in the wrong direction – I made my own solution to this. I created a membership system that removed the mentioned barrier almost completely. Instead trying to make 250 sales – by generating all that traffic – I came up with the solution where only 5 sales where needed – to start out properly. Making only 5 sales is another world completely.
But with Free in the equation – 10 sales would be needed.
This is how I teach this. As a free member one will still earn $20 for each sale made. So with five sales in place – one could use the $100 earned to upgrade. This cost is $76. Or make the 10 sales – and receive a free upgrade. Either way – the best solution would be to spend some – or all of the earned money on the best possible paid for traffic solutions. This is actually a key factor for everyone starting out. Lets say that you spend $100 in solo ads or solo mailings – and this made you 10 new sales – that would mean $200 in commission – and a net earning of $100. Now here’s the thing – the next thing I would do, was to invest those $200 in a new solo ad or mailing – maybe I could make 20 sales – that this time would be $400 in commission. And doing the same once more could mean $800. At this point it would be OK to withdraw $400 – and spend the other $400 in a new advertisement.
With my system – you could also earn a nice long term income from those sales made. $3 K, $10K or more is possible. But the vital point being – One can start for FREE and use the supplied blueprint to reach goals like we have been talking about. But remembering that FREE means that some work is needed. You can find some info around this at http://nichepowerempire.com just look for the form with the text ” 3 Steps to Online Fortune”
So Thomas, I hope I have been able to supply you with some useful information regarding your question. So my conclusion is that it’s possible to both find honest free work at home jobs – and earn an income from it – as long as one is willing to do some work to reach that goal.
Harald “The Viking”
PS. Good luck with your online adventures and finding your best honest free work at home jobs!”
And after writing this answer to Thomas I realized that I had been doing a whole lot of writing, it would have been easyer to just sent him a free report explaning more or less the same. But what hapened next surprized me a bit. Thomas wrote back to me and thank me for that personal answer to him. What he told me was that he had been posting that same question on around 50 blogs or websites – and this was the only personal answer he received. He had been reading it several times before he actually realized that much of what I had told him – was a sort of mirror image of his own experience trying to find honest free work at home jobs.
He also signed up at the business I mentioned – and actually folowd the TC-Blueprint outlined. And he did a good and focused job. Starting at the free option he made his first sales within a week – and well over 30 within his first month – and also made his $3K within his first month and a half.
And this is also why I take the time – when I can – to write answers to people that seem to have a question that thay struggle to find answers to. To have success on the online arena today is more about creating that comunity or team feeling where noone is left alone – and where all work agaist a commen goal. That is the strongest online presence there is. As I also wrote in my 2012 predictions – there is a major shift going on – and this will have a major impact on ALL online activity. Only those prepared for it – and adapt to it will see the reward in the long term.
Panic is already spreading amongst those that did not see it comming – and made the needed changes. It was needed – and it was about time.
With that said I will make this final conclusion the the question Honest free work at home jobs – do they excist?
Honest free work at home jobs do excist – but there is some work involved.