This includes any fees, equipment and materials. Get an itemized list that shows a total required expenditure. Beware of plans that require you to shell out significant amounts of money for specialized equipment, materials or permits.
Get specific requirements in writing, from materials acquisition through submitting finished work through passing quality-assurance testing. In addition, find out whether you will be paid by salary, per completed units of work, or by commission.
Make sure these answers are solid. For example, is the company that cuts your check different from the one supplying you with materials? Why? Do you have a phone number and address for the payroll department? Do they check out?
Search the Internet for articles, information and bulletin boards that discuss the product. Ask yourself: Is there much demand for this product? Would you ever buy it? Would anyone pay enough for it to warrant the profit the company is promising you?
Does someone besides the company get a cut of the profits you create by your work? Does your pay depend on your getting others to join the work-at-home plan? If so, be extremely cautious: Your financial success will depend on your persuading others to follow you into the scheme, and you’ll always have to fork over a portion of your earnings to the person who brought you into the plan. In addition, pyramid schemes are illegal in many places.
Do you really want to raise mice for research laboratories? Make “cold” sales calls to people's homes? If your reaction is "bleah," don’t waste your money. Find a different work-at-home plan, a job-retraining program at the local community college, or finish your university degree.
Don’t trust the company. Find out yourself from your local BBB chapter.