Sunday, October 20, 2013

How to successfully run an at home company

In addition to my blog and my work at home website I have worked as upper management for a start up company  My job was to interview and hire people who would be great candidates to work at home. This was an extremely difficult process and it took up a lot of my time. It also wasted a lot of my time as 99% of the people that were hired talked a great game but never did anything. We allowed people to choose their own hours and all we wanted was people to make sales.

Getting people to work was easier said then done. Especially people who work from home. You need to be really self motivated to work from home but clearly most of these people weren't. The people who we hired claimed to have experience working from home. However, if they did they were let go real quick cause it was clear that they just did not want to work.

I heard every excuse in the book for people who did not work. We hired people for a sales position and they never picked up the phone or sent out an email to a prospect. We wrote out what the job description was on the contract as well as told them that in the interview. Some people just could not grasp the concept of it. They needed to make cold calls and we told them this. 

There was one guy who we hired who just sat around all day waiting for us to give him leads. This guy didn't make any cold calls. The only calls he was making was to me driving me nuts with one issue after the other. I don't have anything against peoples religion but every call he made to me he mentioned Jesus which I found to be inappropriate. We had to eventually let him go after he made a big stink about him not being paid cause he never made a sale.

We gave people a couple of different options about being paid. This was one of our big mistakes. Even though it was outlined clearly in the contract no one seemed to understand. The 2 options were soley commission OR a performanced based salary which was dependent on them meeting a quota. We had a BIG problem with this pay because people saw the world salary and didn't read the rest.

We had one guy who told us he had over 30 years of sales experience. He made calls to businesses but did a terrible job. He never made one sale and we actually offered a free promo for our sales reps to offer. He couldn't even give something away. The end of the month comes and he asks us when he is going to be paid. We let him know that since he didn't make any sales that he didn't have any money coming to him. He quit on us because of this. Again, we made this very clear to him in the contract. There were no secrets at all.

Another memorable person who we had was a woman who LOVED TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS. This looks very unprofessional and is common sense that when you do this it looks like you are yelling. I asked her in a very nice email if she could not type in all caps. She wrote an email back to me going on a tirade about it. I told her that this is not acceptable and she needs to respect others and then she quit.

We had a few people who were really good workers. Those ones were very few and far between. After working for this company for over a year I decided to go off and do my own thing. Dealing with people who don't want to work day after day was too frustrating for me to deal with.

So my advice to anyone who is starting a work at home company and wants to hire workers please be patient and have a few step hiring process. Also, if you need them to work certain hours and certain days please be sure to hire them as employees and not independent contractors. If you let people pick their own hours then you can hire them as independent contractors. Be sure to read up on your labor laws. Also, be prepared to deal with a lot of headaches from people who do not want to work.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Verify Yourself

This is an email that I received a few minutes ago. It is your typical phishing email which includes a link for you to fill out your personal information. Your information will then go to someone who can use it to steal your identity. It is not very authentic looking however people can still fall for this. One major sign of this is the fact that they don't even say what company they are from. The email came from The link was removed to prevent peoples information from being gathered.

Dear Customer,
Our security system has noticed an intrusion into your account, which shows that someone tried to access your email account without your permission.
We have limited access to your account due to this problem. You are advised to verify your account
Verify now. to secure your account
Thank you for helping us serve you better.
Customer Service,

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Your ATM Payment Notification

This is a 419 scam email that I received from Zenith Bank Plc and the reply to address is  
Head Office Branch
Plot 84, Ajose Adeogun Street
Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

From:Dr John Brace.
Remittance Manager.
Zenith Bank Of Nigeria.

ATTN: Esteemed Beneficiary,

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contact file presently in our database, as regards your African Union (AU)solidarity fund that was awarded to you upon been one of the lucky Beneficiary in its last draw on the 10th of December 2012.

This award is funded by the African Union( AU) and the United Nations(UN) so as to strengthen tires between Africa and the rest of the world with particular reference to Nigeria.We have discovered you have not received your payment due to your lack of co-operation and not fulfilling the obligations giving to you in respect to your contract payment.

Secondly, you are hereby advised to stop dealing with some non-officials in the bank as this is an illegal act and will have to stop if you so wish to receive your payment immediately. After the board meeting held at our headquarters, we have resolved in finding a solution to this problem, and as you may know, we have arranged your payment through our SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe,America,Africa and Asia Pacific, which is the instruction given by our president, GOODLUCK JONATHAN (GCFR) Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The ATM Card Value is $ (Seven Million Dollars). Our bank( Zenith Bank Plc) will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money totaling to a tune of $ (Seven Million Dollars) in an ATM MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum is ($7,000)  per transaction. So, if you like to receive your fund this way, reply to this office immediately for the issuing of your (ATM) CARD with the below Information.

(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Address where you want the payment center to send your ATM CARD:
(3) Phone And Fax Number:
(4) Bank Name:
(5) Occupation:
(6) Age:

Alternatively, you can come down to the header address to claim your fund with the original notification mail that will be sent to you shortly.We shall be expecting to receive your information you have to stop any further communication with anybody or office apart from this office of the presidency.On this regards, do not hesitate to contact me for more details and direction, and also please do update me with any new development.
Thanks for your co-operation.

Note: Because of impostors, we hereby issue you with our code of conduct, which is (202) so you have to indicate this code when contacting or emailing this CARD CENTER.

Dr Charles Spencer.
Remittance Manager
Zenith Bank Plc.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Latest saturated Craigslist job posts...

I have joined plenty of internet marketing opportunities during the past several years. I have even written blog entries about it. It seems as though plenty of people have caught on to these job postings on Craigslist that have titles like "Take Inbound Calls From Home" "Daily pay" "Post ad's and get $20+ per hour" and much much more. The ad's usually tell you that you will be posting ad's and taking inbound calls from home. There is no investment required and you will get paid multiple times a day via PayPal. Another key phrase in this opportunity is that you will be working for Fortune 500 companies such as Walmart, Netflix, Discover Card, etc.

If you see anything like this in a Craigslist ad then chances are they want you to sign up for one of several affiliate programs that offer free trials. You will need to give your credit card information to at least 1 company in order to make money. If you want to make even more money you need to sign up for even more trial offers. Not all of these offers are free. As a matter of fact more and more of them are becoming unfree and charging anywhere from $1-$10+.

Now in order for you to not be charged any additional fee's you need to call up and cancel. I have signed up for several of these offers and have cancelled with no issue except for one which was Now Freester did not continue to bill me but they kept crediting my bank account $1 and then taking it away and doing it over and over again. This did not charge me any extra money but it is rather annoying. When you call these companies to cancel the reps are all trained to retain their customers by offering incentives to stay with them. You need to say no several times to get them to finally cancel.

Their is a website called that is a "training" website for a bunch of these internet marketing companies such as Instant Rewards, Free Treasure Chest, Ourloot2boot, etc. They charge a monthly fee to people who want to get access to the VIP area of the website. From what I hear it is training videos, scripts, etc that use to be free. I never paid for a VIP membership because I found that the $50 a month would just be a waste of money. I find their scripts to be misleading to job applicants and I refused to use those. That probably cost me several sign ups.

This opportunity is not technically illegal but it is very misrepresented. If you like the idea of posting job ad's and misleading people into entering their credit card information then this is for you. If you have seen a job ad like this on Craigslist or any other job board please be informed that it is not as simple as people tell you it is. Your job is going to be to sell people into signing up. You will get tons of resistance because people don't like to enter their credit card information.