By Justin Velez-Hagan

We often receive questions about business opportunities and their potential for success.  Although I have come across some crazy business ideas that ended up being gold mines, there are a lot of scams that you need to be aware of if you are looking for a “work-from-home” business.

Here are just a few of the nefarious sort that I came across on  Check it out before you consider a business.

No matter what the opportunity, research, research, research.  At a minimum, Google the business to read other opinions.  Be sure to visit the third and fourth pages of results as many savvy businesses know how to “stack the deck” with top page links to fabricated reviews that praise a terrible business.

In addition, check with the FTC and your state Attorney General to see if any lawsuits are pending against the company.  Another good resource is the Better Business Bureau.  Don’t get discouraged by a couple of negative reviews, however.  Read them each and see if it would apply to your situation.  Just because one person hated selling widgets, doesn’t mean that you will.  Consider that ANYONE can make a complaint to the BBB, no matter how frivolous.

If you would like a little advice or direction, of course, you can always count on The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce.  Our network is pretty vast; chances on we’ve been there.