When you’re first starting your virtual assistant business online, it can be scary not knowing who to trust, where to go for credible information or what courses to purchase that are worth the investment. I understand because I felt this way when I started online. I didn’t know anyone in this field, much less anyone working online for a living.
I had to weed out the scammers the hard way until I found some trusted people online to ask for advice. Since one of my goals is to be one of those trusted people for you, here are some tips on how to avoid scams.
Do Some Research. When I started my online job search, I found an easy way to discover the scams. Google helped me! For example, when I first found Loretta Oliver’s Transcription Crash Course, I wasn’t sure if it was real or if she could be trusted. So I Googled her and her products. I did a couple of searches that looked like this: “Loretta Oliver scam,” “Transcription Crash Course scam” and “Transcription Crash Course reviews.” Searches like this about a product or company will yield plenty of results. I’m happy to report that I found nothing but good information on Loretta and proceeded to buy her products.
Get Personal. If you’re interested in a product or program but you want to know if the person is real, send them a message. They should have contact info listed somewhere on their website or product info. Drop them an email with some questions and see if you get a response. Legitimate businesses want to be helpful to you, so a real person should have no problem answering your questions.
Avoid companies that ask you for money up front. It’s one thing to invest in your business when you’re starting out, but you may come across a company offering VA services and you think it might be a good idea to work for someone else to get your feet wet and build your confidence. If any of those places ask you for an up-front investment in order to get started, don’t fall for it.
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