For many years I worked 9 to 5 jobs and hated every minute of it. I hated my jobs mainly because of the sheer amount of office “politics” in the work environment. At the end of 2003 I started my own business and worked as a contractor. I was actually happy and was able to spend more time with my family (even while working longer hours). Life finally seemed to be good to us.
Then in 2007 the market tanked and my family almost lost everything. We had to survive by borrowing from relatives and using our credit card for almost everything. However, by some miracle we survived that bleak period in our history, but barely. Since then, our financial situation has never been one we considered stable. It was then that I decided that it was time to find an alternate source of stable funds to supplement our income. I decided to turn to the internet to look for an opportunity and started doing some research.
Well, what I found is that while there is a huge potential to make money online, there is also an equally huge potential to be scammed out of our hard earned money. This is mainly because the internet is still largely unregulated and fraudsters are able to operate and hide across international borders. Online scams are a multi-million dollar industry and the old caution “buyer beware” is very fitting for the “wild west” of the internet landscape.
Picture this…..in 2012, the IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center) received 289,874 consumer complaints, totaling $525,441,1101 in losses, which is an 8.3% increase in reported losses since 2011. That’s a lot of money by any standards! And the scams are most likely going to increase as more and more people take to the internet.
According to International Telecommunications Union (ITU), there are roughly around 2.7 Billion internet users in 2013. In 2000, there were only around 360 Million internet users. This is a tremendous jump in the number of people using the internet. By 2025, it is estimated that 3.8 Billion people will be using the internet. This is the reason why internet crimes and scams have spawned and flourished. The scammers have a humongous (in some sense unlimited) pool of potential victims to prey on.
The following image shows the top 10 states in the US with online scams.
(Image source: IC3)
The following image shows the top 5 Countries with online scams.
(Image source: IC3)
What do I do, knowing that there are so many scams out there….
So what is one to do? Well, sadly there really is not much we can do but be more aware and know how to spot the scams.
I myself for the longest time had been very frustrated, wary and was on the verge of giving up hope of finding a real online opportunity when I finally, by chance happen to come upon a genuine online community dedicated to helping and teaching other people how to succeed and have a presence online.
You are probably wondering what makes this online community different from others, right? Well, like most people, I like to be able to try something out first before I have to pay for it. Lets say you wanted to buy a new flat screen tv or speakers. Would you buy them without even trying them out at the store first or would you first invest some time to test them out to make sure they are what you are looking for in terms of features, performance and quality. If you are happy with the product, you will buy it. If the product did not fulfill your needs, you would move on to something else. That is what first drew me to the Wealthy Affiliate community……there are no fees or charges to try it out. This is particularly appealing in light of all the scams out there on the internet.
The best online business community….
When you join the online community, you will get the chance to interact with like-minded people in the community, support staff and view training videos and more. You will in my opinion be accessing the most comprehensive and dedicated online business training center on the planet. Here is a list of what you get when you sign up for $0.
- Personal Help & Support
- Get personal help.
- Interact within a community of 10,000′s of users
- Live support
- Ongoing discussions
- 2 Free Websites
- WordPress Sites
- Ready to make money online
- Video Classes
The above features by themselves would be good enough to give you a head start to begin your on-line business. I don’t believe you will find any training this robust anywhere else for free. I am confident that you will find this website/community and what it offers refreshing and very useful like I did. Of course there is also a Premium option (which will give you even much more valuable information) that you should consider, after you have tried the free features and decided that this is beneficial for you and your online business.
You really do not have anything to loose by signing up for the “Starter, $0 per month” option. You won’t be asked to provide any payment or credit card information. All you need to do is enter 5 basic information (First name, Last name, email, new password, User name) and you are in. If you are serious about starting your own online business, affiliate marketing, and Internet entrepreneurship you should try the FREE sign up. As shown in the image below, simply choose the “$0 per month, Starter” option and you will get instant access to the community.
If you have any concerns, questions or need help Getting Started online, please feel free to drop me a comment below.