One of the first things you will notice when you go to the IncomeAtHome.com website is that they talk about allot of things - how easy it is to go into business for yourself, how their program is advertised/endorsed by all these top-name Radio Hosts, and is even Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau Online.
The big pitch is your 'Risk Free' Starter Kit. Just enter your personal information in the form on the homepage, and you are on your way .... Except now you hit the first pitch for payment. Doesn't seem like much. $10 to have their Starter package shipped out right away. You are ready to get your home business started 'right now' aren't you? So click-click, you input your payment info, and you figure it should be a pretty straight forward process from this point forward.
Then, you get your first phone call. For me, it started off more like I was speaking to someone in the billing department from my cell phone provider, letting me know my bill is a few days over due. My cell phone rang, I picked it up & said "Hello," and the person on the other end blurted out my first name, then went silent. I asked who they are, and what their call was regarding. The person on the other end replied "you asked for information about a home business opportunity online," with as much personality as your CPA calling with bad news. As soon as I replied "yes," the person on the other end introduced herself, and rolled right into her script.
She said that her and another woman were going to be my 'mentors' and that they were 'interviewing me, just as much as I was interviewing them.' It was kinda creepy. Sure, they want to project the image that they are 'selective' in some way or another, but the tone and approach was a bit more like an interrogation, than a 'hey, great to meet you.'
"You will receive your Home Business Starter Package this weekend, and we want to set an appointment to go through the next steps of the process. I have appointment times available on Monday. Is 2:00 or 3:00 better for you?" I replied that I had meetings and work scheduled all day on Monday, but could talk on Tuesday, and received a fairly abrupt "Then how is 2:00 pm?" ... "'Fine," I replied, and she started into a list of things I MUST do before our meeting. "You must read the entire Home Business Starter Package, and answer the questions on page five. Make sure you watch the entire DVD and make any other notes."
"So, what kind of home business is this? Who is the main company behind everything?" I ask. "After you have reviewed the Starter Package and DVD, we will answer any questions you have about this amazing home business opportunity." Then she said that I 'had' to call the day before if there was anything that would interfere with our appointment, and reiterated the importance that I do everything she told me to do before our Tuesday appointment.
Even though I was already becoming a bit uncomfortable with the decision I made to contact IncomeAtHome.com, I figured, I'm ten bucks into this process, why not just go along and see what it's all about. So I confirm our Tuesday appointment time of 2:00, and my first contact is over.
I have now listened to the ads on the radio, knocked through the highlights of the website, and spoken with one of their reps, but still didn't know what the business is, what company it's ultimately affiliated with, or really anything beyond my 'mentor's' sharp instructions.
Ahhh, it's Saturday afternoon, and all my mail deliveries seem to show up at one time. USPS with the new safety razor I bought on eBay, UPS with some work related stuff, and the FedEx guy, who happens to have my incomeAtHome.com Home Business Starter Package. I am finally going to get to take a look and see what the IncomeAtHome.com business is all about!
Or, so I thought.
So, What do you actually get?