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Is That Opportunity Legit?

Be your own boss, yes, but be smart about how you get there.

This story appears in the July 2001 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

Q: I want to work from home, but the idea of starting a business overwhelms me. I get e-mail all the time about making big money at home in just a few hours a week. I've sent in money for a few of these, but I've concluded the only way to make money from such opportunities is by convincing other people they can make money at home. Are there legitimate businesses I can start?

A: If you're not the kind of person who needs to march to the beat of your own drum, you may be a candidate for having a homebased business that someone else's cookie cutter has already created. Regardless, you'll have to heed someone's else drumbeat if you buy a franchise or business opportunity.

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