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Don't Be Suckered
by Freda Douglas
10/03/03
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DONíT BE SUCKERED! Freda B Douglas

Youíre new to the Internet. You need to make money. You have been surfing, looking for a way to make some quick money. Youíre getting a slew of offers in your email from people whoíll tell you it wonít cost you a thing to get in their business, and you can make more money than youíve ever dreamed about having.

Iím here to tell you itís all a bunch of hogwash. Iím not saying you canít make money. Iím here to tell you that you canít make money without spending lots of your own. If I have learned anything from experience I have the dubious honor of knowing whereof I speak.

A case in point. I thought I could make money on the internet selling ebooks. I like to read. Surely that must count for something. Wrong! What counted was the money to buy a website, buy a hosting package, buy lists, send out lots of emails, etc, etc, etc.

My problem was I didnít have the money to do all those Ďnecessaryí things. What did I do? I maxed out three credit cards, lost everything I thought I had been building ďto get instantly richí and ended up in bankruptcy court.

Now I need to tell you what my experience was not. I had no undue influence. I received scads of emails, but it was my own fault I didnít have sense enough to hit the delete key.

My experience did give me the privilege of telling you one major consideration. Donít spend money you canít afford to lose,

Now I do want to tell you one thing positive about the Internet. Youíll meet some very fine people, but be careful with your friendships. A lot of people are only after one
thing Ė thatís the almighty dollar and those kind donít
care who they hurt on their way up the ladder of success.



Freda B. Douglas lives in a retirement village in Florida with her cat Jewely. She is an author whose weekly column has appeared in The Herald Advocate. If youíd like to get on her mailing list for her writing, email her at cxzfd@strato.net.



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John Okulski 06 Oct 2003
Thanks for the advice, Freda. There's something in Proverbs about the foolishness of 'get rich quick' schemes that I like to remember whenever I'm tempted to buy a lotto ticket or employ some other strategy to instantly multiply my wealth.




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