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Home Based Business Reviews

Home Based Business Reviews

I am writing this page – Home Based Business Reviews, with the intention of helping people find the best work from home jobs available on the internet today, and in doing so, hopefully stop people from getting scammed with promises of riches, believing that all they have to do is click here, click there, and wallah…you have made it! If only it were that easy!

home businessFinding legit work from home jobs can be a very difficult thing to do. There are literally thousands of online home based business opportunities out there, but how can you tell which ones are real or which ones are scams? My first rule in this regard, these days is – If it sounds too good to be true, then it generally is! As boring as that sounds, this really is a good rule of thumb when it comes to work from home opportunities.

scamI have to admit, I have been guilty of being sucked in to a few of these scams over the years and in doing so, I have had to learn the hard way. Not only have I wasted a lot of money, but these scams have cost me a lot of time also.

My second rule, when it comes to sorting out the real opportunities from the scams, is to follow other people, who are actually having success with their businesses. People, who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with you and guide you along the right course of action to take to be successful with your new venture,.

The very fact that I have been involved in quite a few work from home opportunities scams, makes me somewhat of an expert (unfortunately for me), but good news for you. I feel this gives me the experience to guide you and help you, to not make the same mistakes as I have.

free lunchSo, let’s look at some of the work from home opportunities I have been involved with so far. It all started several years ago when I was invited to a FREE luncheon by a company called Stores Online. This was really my first introduction to the online marketing world and I have to admit, they made it sound very attractive. From that very moment I was hooked on the idea of making money from the internet. What I quickly realized though, is there is no such thing as a free lunch as this, so called, free lunch had just cost me a considerable amount of money.

Stores Online

Stores Online are actually still running today, and if I were to join them now, I would probably find their program a lot easier to understand. Back then though, as a newbie, I found the program very complicated and found myself getting lost in the sea of information they supplied. While information is a good thing, I found it all a bit overwhelming and there was not a lot of support to help me find my direction. In the end, I just found it too complicated and went searching for something that would work for me.


My next venture was with a company called Dubli. Basically, Dubli started out as an online auction site and then developed into a home shopping network that pays cashback to their members for shopping in their online shopping malls. The problem for me with Dubli was it was just too slow to get going. Dubli are still running today, and I believe, people are having some success with it, but alas for me, it was too little, too late.

Banners Broker

I then became involved with Banners Broker, whom everyone, from the online world, was raving about. I had very high hopes for this program and although I didn’t invest a lot of money into it, I did spend a year of my life working it and turning it into something substantial. It was quite devastating when the wheels fell off and although I don’t believe the owners set out to rip people off, that is exactly what happened in the end, and a lot of people did lose a lot of money from it.

money cycleMoney Cyclers

I have also been involved with a few money cyclers. These sorts of programs have been popping up everywhere on the internet these day and I have seen quite a few of them come and go. These programs promise big returns on small investments, but so far, I have seen all but one – Unison Wealth, disappear into the woodwork. It remains to be seen if Unison Wealth will survive but, in the long run, I would strongly recommend staying away from these types of programs.

I have tried many other online work at home opportunities over the years and the biggest problem, I now realize, is they have all been reliant on the success of the company, for me to be successful with their programs. Still, in one way or another, they have all contributed to my online education, which has led me to where I am today. I have also come to realize that…

If it’s to be, it’s up to me!

So, where am I today?

My main focus (until Wealthy Affiliate) has been the an on app called ‘it’. The ‘it’ Social Network, will share revenue with ‘its’ members from the content they post, by bringing social media and e-commerce together. I really love the concept of the ‘it’ App and plan to stick with it. I have actually been a beta tester for the ‘it’ App, which I found to be amazing. ‘It’ Version 2.0 has just been released and I am testing that also and will review ‘it’ in another post.

That brings me to Wealthy Affiliate, which is by far the BEST legitimate work home based business, I have ever been lucky enough to find. Finally, I found a program that is totally worthy of my time and effort. I have actually known for quite some time that there is a right way to be successful on the internet, I just hadn’t found out how until I found Wealthy Affiliate. I absolutely love this program, the level of training and support is amazing. I believe their formula works but also know it will take some hard work on my part to make it happen.

Am I prepared to do the work?

Hell, yeah! When I became part of the Wealthy Affiliate community, a light went on in my head and I realized this is the right way forward. There are literally thousands of people among the Wealthy Affiliate community who are running very successful businesses and are only too happy to guide you on your personal journey towards success. You can read my Wealthy Affiliate Review Here.

I am not saying that there aren’t any other good home based business opportunities out there – there are. The problem is sorting the good from the bad. My advice to you, if you are considering starting any business online, is to do your research and see what others are saying. Try not to get too bedazzled by the promise of big money for little work, as these opportunities rarely work.

HAPPYI now look back at my journey so far, as my University Degree, true, it has cost me a lot of time and money, just as going to University would have. Seeing this is my ‘How to Retire Early’ plan, I couldn’t be happier with where I’m at. My aim now is to help guide other people to make the right choices and therefore avoid the internet sharks out there, who are only after your money.

I would love to hear of your experiences or feedback, good or bad. You could leave a message below or you can contact me via my Wealthy Affiliate Profile.

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

kerry bramham


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  1. rule2020

    Hi Kerry,

    Very educational. Your site helped me a lot. I am a newbie in the online business and WA is the only thing I’ve really tried so far.

    I started almost a month ago and as I go along, I realize that there are lots of opportunities out there but there are lots of traps also.

    Now I gained additional knowledge about opportunities on line and I will use what I learned from your site to make the right decisions in the future.

    1. Kerry Bramham (Post author)

      Hi Rule 2020,

      I am very happy for you that you found Wealthy Affiliate very early in your online career, you are in the best place to learn the right way to go about internet marketing.

      I’m sure you will do great here and I wish you every success.


  2. San

    Hello Kerry,

    I think you are incredibly brave to share with us that you have been scammed. Scammers do not count on us to share what they have done to us, they count on us to be to ashamed that we have been duped to tell anyone about it. I applaud you for not giving in to the fear they hope will rule us.
    I have heard of most of the scams you were involved with but “it” has me interested and I look forward to your upcoming review of “it”. I do hope you will notify me when you have it ready.


    1. Kerry Bramham (Post author)

      Hi San,

      Even though I have been scammed a few times, it did teach me some valuable lessons and led me to Wealthy Affiliate. I am no longer looking for the next best thing because I have found it.

      I have actually written The IT Social Network review and you can read it here:- I would love to know what you think?


  3. Miss Faye

    Hi Kerry
    I love your website. It is easy to read & get around, as well as looking great with relevant graphics & great colours.
    Your ‘About Me’ page is very informative & personal. I see we have some similar interests, which of course helps build rapport with your customers.
    I look forward to following your success with WA.
    Cheers Faye

    1. Kerry Bramham (Post author)

      Hi Faye,

      Thank you so much for your comments, it really helps when you have people say they think you are doing well. I will look out for you within our wonderful Wealthy Affiliate community. I will follow your success too.

      Thanks again


  4. Kunal

    Hi Kerry,

    You have narrated your online journey so far very well, Hope it will help many people to take the right step when it comes to online business. Even it took me a little time to understand that to be successful in online world, we don’t have to invest in businesses, but we have to invest in ourselves, learning what works and then implementing it, and Wealthy Affiliate University provides that knowledge and Support.
    Thanks For Sharing Your Journey


    1. Kerry Bramham (Post author)

      Hi Kunal,

      What I realize about my story is that I knew very little about internet marketing when I first decided to make it my career. Going from one shiny object to the next, but I am very glad that I stuck with it and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

      Wealthy Affiliate is helping me realize my dreams.


  5. Chris

    Some really cool Home Based Business Reviews here that I have not encountered before – and that’s a first!
    I was especially taken aback by Dubli – it’s an auction site that I have not encoutered before. Tell me, is it possible to earn decent money through cashback systems online?

    1. Kerry Bramham (Post author)

      Hi Chris,

      It is possible to earn some money through cash-back shopping systems but it won’t make you rich. There is a business side to Dubli and that is where you can make decent money. There is a better shopping platform that I have found and it is called the IT Social Network. You can take a look at my review

      I would love to know your thoughts on IT?


  6. sarah

    Hi Kerry!
    I totally related to your post. For years (around 6) I got trapped in online scams, thinking I would eventually stumble upon a real get-rich-quick scheme. Which I didn’t, obviously.
    If there is one thing I learned in my 6 years of working from home it is that earning money online is neither quick nor easy. It takes time and efforts.
    But if you do the right thing and accept that a home-based-business is like any other business, then you will roll up your sleeves and start working hard.
    I am also a happy member of Wealthy Affiliate and I would recommend it to anyone who’s serious about building an online business. WA has made me more alert to scams, wise, more focused and it has enabled me to grow and stabilize my earnings.
    I wish you all the best

    1. Kerry Bramham (Post author)

      Hi Sarah,

      I think the best way to look at those wasted years is as a sort of apprenticeship, I know I did learn a lot about what not to do. Now I am learning the right way to do thinks and I couldn’t be happier. I love that I can 100% recommend Wealthy Affiliate to people with confidence that they can teach anyone to be an internet marketer.

      Good luck with your business


  7. RuthM

    Hi Kerry, It sounds like you have found something interesting. I too have been sucked in by cycler programs, although I think half the problem is, that i don’t really understand how they work.

    Have you had much luck personally with Wealthy affiliate, I would love to know, as I have read about it and it sounds really promising

    1. Kerry Bramham (Post author)

      Hi Ruth,

      The internet can be a very scary place when you are first starting out with internet marketing. It is true, that I have been conned a number of times (like most people). That is the wonderful thing about Wealthy Affiliate, I can 100% guarantee that it is not a scam and is the best place to learn all the in’s and out’s of internet marketing.

      The important thing to do is follow the training and take action. Plus, you need to remember that it takes time and effort (and a bit of patience) before you start seeing results.

      To answer your question, yes, I am having some success with my websites, but more importantly, I am learning new skills everyday.

      I highly recommend it.


  8. Andrew

    Hi there Kerry! I just finished reading your article on home businesses and just had to drop you a quick comment to share my thoughts.

    Your story is very similar to my own in many ways! I started out simply looking for a way to make extra money online and ended up working really hard, jumping from one thing to the next and not really getting anywhere.

    Eventually I discovered affiliate marketing and started to see some good money coming in. However, I really didn’t know what I was doing and after working on a business for over a year, I was devastated when the whole thing collapsed. It turned out that I had been following some bad advice from the training service that I was learning from. One minute I had a business, the next I was completely closed down.

    Fast forward to just over a year ago and thankfully I discovered Wealthy Affiliate. They helped me to get back on track and build a genuine online business. I’m really thankful for everything that I have learned there and would recommend it to anyone looking to start out online.

    1. Kerry Bramham (Post author)

      Hi Andrew,

      I think that yours and my experience with affiliate marketing is a lot like most people. Even though affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways of making money online, you do need to go about it the right way.

      Wealthy Affiliate is by far the best system I have ever come across that teaches people the right way and like you Andrew, I highly recommend it.

      I appreciate your comments.


  9. Darcy

    This is a beautifully written and presented article Kerry, thank you. I have to say I agree. It takes a very committed and disciplined person to start their own online business. You cannot give up part way through. I believe it is one of the biggest commitments you could make in life, but also one of the most rewarding 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this with the world. I admire you, Kerry.

    Bless you.

    1. Kerry Bramham (Post author)

      Hi Darcy, 

      Thank you for you kind comments. Sometimes I struggle with writing but when I hear comments like yours, it inspires me to keep pressing on.

      Thank you



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