You have to pay to start? That’s a scam!


“You have to pay money to get started? That is a scam. Any time you have to pay to work for a company, that’s not legit.

Ever hear this nonsense?

Here’s my answer to that:

First off, there’s a difference between getting a JOB and starting a BUSINESS.  Any business you’ll start, from your own idea to buying a franchise, you spend a fortune to start it.  Secondly, let’s talk jobs. Even if you were getting a new job, you spend money.  For example, getting a license to sell real estate, buying a new suit or uniform, drug testing, or even daily gas money to get to/from work. Hmm, those jobs must be scams.

So anyone who has an issue with paying a startup investment to start a business is just lacking perspective.  They were never taught in school how to be an entrepreneur, or to think like one.  They might not know anyone in their family who has ever started a business.  (Or maybe they do, but that person lost money in that business, causing them to think badly about becoming a business owner). So they just don’t have a basis to understand.  Especially with their frame of reference being a typical franchise costing over $300,000 to start.  So when you tell them about a business they can start for say $200, they think it’s a sale/purchase, or a scam.  That can’t SEE it as an actual business.  “They’re just trying to take your money.” Little do they know, they are most likely spending money out of their pocket for different things just to have a job working for someone who decided to start their own business. I paid almost $900 to get a real estate license, which allowed me the right to have a JOB selling houses. And that was no guarantee that I’d ever see a dime from it.  If I didn’t go out and hustle to sell a house, that “scam” license fee would never have amounted to any income.  See how crazy that sounds?  It’s not a scam to get into real estate, it’s an opportunity you get out of it what you put in.  Same thing with a home-based marketing business.  It costs very little to start, but once you do, you now own your own business.  You decide how much you want to earn by building it.

You WILL hear someone who truly believes starting a business is a scam.  Their value system and programming has aligned their beliefs with having a secure job as the right thing to do.  “Play it safe, work hard every day for a good boss, do as you’re told, collect that paycheck and benefits, and you’ll be all right.”


That sure as heck isn’t how I want to live the one life I’ve been given.  I’m doing something for me, that I control, and that has light at the end of the tunnel.  I am going to build my own business and call my own shots.  If someone else likes to be employed by others, that’s great for them, to each his own.  I listened to Jim Rohn who taught, “You work hard all day at a job earning a living, and you should work part time in the evenings building your fortune.”  I am so glad I was open to receiving that advice, as it served me very well and I will never work for another man or woman again in my life.  I create jobs, I don’t live inside of one.  This guy isn’t living in a box someone else wants me in.  That box is the “scam” if there is such a thing.

So when someone has a hard time grasping why they need to pay to get started in your business, just understand that they don’t hold this belief in contempt of you.  They simply don’t understand the difference between having a job and starting a business of their own.  And they don’t realize that they spend far more money BEING an employee for someone else.  You can try to explain this concept to them, or just move on to someone who has an easier time coming to this realization. The “gig economy” and the new “small entrepreneur economy” are the new way.  Eventually, it will be common sense to everyone.

About the Author Brian Carruthers

Brian Carruthers has helped thousands of business associates to become successful business owners and get out of the corporate world rat-race, and begin to spend real time with their families and doing the things that are really important to them. Brian is one of the top trainers in the network marketing industry and actually does what he teaches.

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