Online Business: A Way to Make a “Quick Buck” or a “Lucrative Career”?

It is a funny notion that people have about doing business on the Internet. They immediately think you can design a simple site, launch it, dole out a few pay per click advertisements, and then sit back and watch the money roll in. Nothing could be further from the truth! The fact of the matter is that an online business that is going to produce any kind of long term results requires determination, patience, and perseverance.

Sure there are hundreds of people online making a quick buck off of this or that however, these are the people that constantly have to be on the lookout for their next quick buck when the pool of money dries up when they neglect the business.
The people who are making a quick buck are always on an endless roller coaster of searching for money making opportunities when they could otherwise redirect the energy into a business that is sustainable and that will grow up to take care of them.

The Truth about a Quick Buck Business

Most of the people that are out to make a quick buck online often harbor the famous business opportunity scam. You know the kind where they promise that you will make a million dollars within the next five minutes if you buy a business in the box. Basically what they are selling is a cookie cutter that everyone else is using which is why it doesn’t work and the only person that is making money is the person selling the opportunity.

The money making opportunity is only as good for as long as it lasts until the word gets around that it is a scam. By that time the person is already searching for their next money making venture to repeat the process over and over again.

Quick buck businesses are also the businesses where you see a simple landing page that contains long or short sales copy that gives you a million and one reasons why you should purchase the product. They often feed on your emotions and are filled with a lot of sales hype that convinces you to make a purchase. There is often no opt-in list which is a dead giveaway that they are not the least bit concerned about establishing a long term relationship with their customers and it is all about the quick buck.

The people that engage in quick buck businesses are often exhausting themselves with one opportunity after another when they could wisely redirect those energies into something that will last over the long term.

The Lucrative Career

Unlike the quick buck businesses, directing your energy into something that is sustainable is indeed a wise investment. Building a business takes time and patience which is something that is lacking in the quick buck businesses. What the quick buck people fail to realize is that most of the work that goes into building a sustainable business is up front and then it is simply a matter of taking care of the customer, offering quality information, and developing backend products as needed.

If you take the time to nurture your business is will eventually nurture you and you will enjoy the rewards of helping others by offering something that enhances their life or helps them to solve a problem. There is not a lot of spiritual reward in a quick buck business when all you do is try to scam people out of their hard earned cash.

The old adage that says “Anything worth doing is worth doing right” is quite true when establishing a lucrative career for yourself online. Investing your time into building a business is like making a sound investment in your future. It is the equivalent to investing the time to write a good book and then enjoying a nice stream of income for many years to come instead of getting paid to write the book and when it is done you move on to your next venture.

So when you think about leaving your boring job and transitioning into something you love that will provide you with a healthier lifestyle, it makes more sense to invest the time into something that will last as opposed to choosing the exhausting routine of constantly looking for your next quick buck opportunity. What’s more is that you will feel better about yourself by helping others and you will have made the investment in lots of relationships that will last for a long time.

A sustainable online business is not all about the quick buck. Instead it should bring you the elements that make up a balanced lifestyle which include fulfillment, the joy of helping others, good health, and financial independence.

Respectfully Dedicated To Your Success!

Derek Bayer


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Identifying Pyramids, Scams, Pickpockets and Ponzis

If you are trying to start an online business it can be very easy and tempting to fall into some of the money making scams that permeate the Internet on a daily basis. I hate to burst your bubble but a lot of these scams are very crafty at making it look like a legitimate online business when in reality only the person offering the opportunity is the one making money.

The truth to matter is that an online business takes the same effort to build as a brick and mortar business on the street and there is no quick fix or easy way around it. If you are going to build something worthwhile you have to be willing to put in the effort.

With that said, if you are suffering from severe job burnout sometimes you will do anything to relieve your misery so it is very easy to get sucked into some of the scams that are out there. To help you protect yourself from falling prey to a money making scam let’s identify what some of these scams are and how they work so you will resist the temptation and run the other way when you see them coming.

Pyramid Schemes

Although not all multilevel marketing programs are pyramid schemes but the fact still remains that the schemes are out there and can often be difficult to identify since they are so artfully put together.

A pyramid scheme often presents itself as a business opportunity that is dressed up to look like the opportunity of the century when in reality only a few people at the top are making all of the money. It pays the people well that get in on the opportunity at the ground level and then as the market gets saturated the people coming in at the bottom often lose their shirts.

Once the market gets saturated the company focuses on recruiting and requiring new recruits to purchase a specified volume of product each month to maintain their status with the company. What happens is the company profits from all of the recruits that are buying monthly product volume. The recruits fail to make any money because the market is saturated and they end up in the poor house which is just the opposite of what they set out to do in the first place.

If the company is high pressure during the opportunity meetings and the focus appears to be about recruiting others instead of the quality of the product, it is a good idea to take a second look before you jump in with both feet.

Business Opportunity Scams

Business opportunity scams are usually presented as a turn key business in a box opportunity complete with website, ecommerce services, and all of the other components that are necessary for running an online business. They present the opportunity so it appears to be a no brainer while there are often hundreds of strings attached behind the scenes to ensure that the company offering the opportunity makes a profit.

The opportunity is dressed up to look like a legitimate work from home job or business until they ask you to shell out money to get into the program. If it is a business in a box opportunity these often consist of cookie cutter websites that everyone else is using and then you pay hidden fees to access other ecommerce services provided by the company.

Some companies will even go as far as to take advantage of the people who are new to online business and do not know any better by asking them to sign a contract which locks them into using the ecommerce services for the company for a specified period of time. This can result in thousands of dollars to set up an online business when in reality many people start up an online business for as little as $150.

Online Pickpockets

With many banking institutions moving to the online environment, online pickpocketing has been increasing at alarming rates. If you are starting an online business it is necessary to take certain security precautions to keep your personal information safe as well as your customer’s personal information.

Online pickpocket criminals are sophisticated criminals that are well versed in computer programming. They create malicious files and insert them into links on Web pages, ActiveX controls, and on hijacking websites. If you inadvertently click on something it downloads a tiny file onto your PC that runs in the background of your computer and spies on all of your computing activity.

The malicious files can arrive in the form of a keylogger which keeps track of all of your keystrokes and other files that are designed to track your computing activity. The file is set up to communicate with a remote server where it sends all of your personal information back to the criminal for identity and monetary theft purposes.

Online Ponzi Schemes

Online ponzi schemes are known as cash gifting and anyway you look at it, it is a pyramid scheme and it is illegal. Ponzi schemes have been in the news lately and have recently become popular on the online video site YouTube. They are presented as cash gifting programs and prey upon people who are looking to make a quick buck online.

The program promises to help others make money by cash gifting by making a small investment to obtain the right to recruit others into the program. When you recruit others into the program you supposedly receive a money for each new recruit. When each new recruit sponsors others into the program they make money and so on and so on. The program is artfully presented as legitimate however it is highly illegal and the equivalent to a first class Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme.

When in doubt, do your due diligence. Call the business you have an interest in and check with your local authorities. Online business can be a very rewarding career but it also most definitely needs to be legitimate.

Respectfully Dedicated To Your Success!

Derek Bayer


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