Every day thousands of people look for a home business out of the need to help with the stack of bills that see to arrive everyday, pay off their increasing credit card debt or to have more time with the people they care the most. I know, I was one of those people.

There are countless Internet Businesses, MLMs, Direct Sale Businesses and Network Marketing Businesses out there, and more are popping up every year. What most people don’t know is, the average lifespan of a home based business company is less than two years, so when they close their doors (or change their company name to avoid legal issues) the home business owner feels betrayed and enraged because they were lied to and now are deeper in the debt sinkhole.

Before you’re roped into this group, take some time to ask yourself exactly what you want in a home business before joining. There’s more too it than wondering, “Which company can make me super rich quick?”.

Here’s a list of things you need to consider before you enter your credit card information and buy a ticket for the get rich bus:

1. Start Up and Continuation Cost

a. Is it affordable for you now to start a home business with the company you want?
b. Most businesses have a monthly membership. Can you afford to stay with the company after one month? Two months? A year?
c. Are there any extra costs involved to be successful with the business?
d. Does the business provide a budget plan for you so you don’t overspend?
e. Does the business provide a refund if you decide not to quit?

2. Compensation Plan

a. What percentage of commission do you earn from the product(s)/service(s)?
b. Can you earn commissions with your business more than one way?
c. How often do you get paid for your business? Weekly? Monthly? Yearly?!
d. Does the product(s)/service(s) have to be kept by the customer for a certain amount of time before you receive your commission?
e. If the customer wants a refund for the product(s)/service(s), do you have to pay back your commission?
f. Is there a limit to how much you can make in a week? Month? Year?
g. Are there extras (bonuses, trips, vehicles) for being a top earner or making/breaking sales records?

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