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Buyer, Beware

Considering a work-at-home opportunity? Make sure you proceed with caution.

This story appears in the December 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

So you're looking for a way to work at home withoutinvesting a large sum of money? You might be attracted to one ofthe many advertisements offering low-cost work-at-home ormoney-making opportunities: stuffing envelopes, assemblingproducts, reading books or watching television for pay.

Advertisements tout these opportunities as flexible and easy tostart. They claim you can work full time or part time; costs to getinto the business are generally quite low; and the work requiresminimal training or experience. What's more, advertisementspromise alluring financial rewards in minimal time.

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