Monday, November 30, 2009

Never Pay for a Job

I spoke with a woman who wanted to hire me to create a new business development program and learn a financial training program. They wanted to charge me $3,000.00, it was a 50% discount off of their traditional training program fee.. She assured me all national training companies do this. (This is a lie). When I told her I was reluctant to pay for the employment, her tone became harsh and she accused me of "not being serious about success."

Don't fall for this kind of stuff. Any company of any value will pay you, as the employee or contractor to produce for them. Never, ever pay for a promotional kit, business cards, materials or training. It's very profitable for the company and not good for you.

She's right, it's a big investment to select the right people for the right jobs. If they want to operate in business, they should be willing to make that investment.

Don't fall for scams.


  1. I agree that 90% of the time this kind of model is a scam.. but not always. I work for a company who contracts with individual consultants, provides training, support through marketing and client services.. and in turn helps these consultants become VERY succesful. 95% of them would agree. We do, however, charge an upfront fee to bring them on board. This is to show their commitment, and to cover the cost of the training.. which is also put on by independent consultants. A scam? I am sure they would disagree.

  2. It's good to hear a different perspective. Another way to open up your talent pool would be to attract high caliber candidates, invest in them, and write off the training as the legitimate business expense that it is. If it works for your firm, I'm glad. It's the 90% of the scammers out there I'd like readers to be aware of.

  3. Maybe a MLM scheme? They probably do a good job of protecting their system online (hard to do due dillegence). I know people get sucked into these.

    I own a consulting practice. I use SendOutCards as part of my sales/marketing mix - to send notes to clients and prospects that are creatively different from email or letters. I have no interest in generating income from it. I think the pricing is fair, and I cannot find a non-MLM alternative. I've opted out of all the SOC 'sales training' emails & calls.

  4. Good for you Jeremy. I like SendOut Cards too and wish there was a non-MLM alternative. One red flag I've realized to look out for with manipulative companies, and it's a sad one is they start out pulling at your heart strings "promoting that they 'help people' and don't care about money, although by doing so you will become rich". It's especially enticing in this economy where people might be feeling a little desparate and genuinely need some help. Companies with integrity and value will invest in their employees.