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WAH Business Fees... (read full question)

First off, if you're here to bash home businesses ~ GO AWAY!

Now, the real question...

How much do you feel is to much to pay for a home business? And what do you think you should be required to pay to continue your business? Would you be willing to pay more if you were getting more from the company?

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Asked by SabrinaMBowen at 6:05 PM on Mar. 11, 2009 in Money & Work

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  • I have a home business. I have had many in the past and I know how important the subject is when someone is just looking. I paid $95 to start this business. But I have come accross many that cost in the area of $1500+ and many more that are in the area of $0-$10.

    From my personal experience I do not believe that a company is worth it's weight if the cost is less that $50... Those companies IMO tend to get you with additional fees that they didn't tell you you'd have. And If I had $1500 I wouldn't need a business...

    So for me I think between $50 and $150 is a great price range.

    As for monthly. If there are product's or something I'm required to order I would say I don't want extra fees too. But if there aren't I would expect a monthly fee of $20+. If I'm receiving benefits or something I'd say $50 or so. And I think the pay scale matters here to. I would pay more to make 50% than I would to make 15%.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 6:11 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • I have a home business; it's costs me 8 dollars per month to keep my web page going. For me that's not bad but if I were to get more perks from the company I would probably pay a little more.

    Answer by Jerseymom1228 at 6:20 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • I am in advertising and marketing. I paid 30.00 to start. I do have to place a monthly order, but to me that makes perfect sense, since I am representing their products, I should know about them, and I am not spending any "new money", I just have "switched stores".

    Answer by katecole at 6:55 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • I have a home business and it cost me $400 to start but that was the purchase of a kit with $850 in retail value. I think the company needs to have a cost point for most individuals that is affordable to the masses. The company I am with has starter kits from $49.95 to $399.90 depending on how much product you want to start with. I think the monthly fee should be based on what you are receiving. My monthly fee is $39.95 but I receive products with that cost. I make 50% on all products I sell so I feel that the monthly fee is worth it.

    Answer by Kari126 at 7:04 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • I think a Home based business start up cost should be $25 or less & not have a monthly fee of any kind & no quotas! Like with my avon business!! It's $10-20 to get started depending on if you sign up online & they mail you your kit or you sign up face to face. There is no monthly fee...if you set up your personal website, all you have to do to keep it free is to have 1 person place an order thru it every 2 weeks! (the whole reason you have an online store is to drive online business so avon believes if you are doing this then it should be free!) I also feel the cost of supplies should be very minimum...avon again does a great job at keeping them low cost for us & even gives us free supplies for working our business!

    Answer by cinnimon9 at 7:09 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • I think it varies with what your goals are. If you want a business you can work from home as a main income for your family I agree with the OP that between $50-$150 is a good price range. If you are looking for a side business that you just make some money here and there, such as avon and products that are sold through online only the lower start up costs would apply.

    The business I am involved in the start up fee to become a "business builder" is $109, which I think is reasonably priced especially for the business aides they provide you with at that cost.

    Answer by bearandtreemom at 8:35 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • I would also like to add that it is a per year fee and that each year the new membership fee is only $15

    Answer by bearandtreemom at 8:36 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • I think it depends on the product and how long the company has been in business. In general more expensive product is going to cost more- even at wholesale.

    The home based company I work for gave me the starter kit for FREE with a commitment to earn the wholesale value of the kit in a party and to give the business a good try. I currently pay $14 a month to maintain extra services with the company like my website and monthly mailing. For business supplies and updating my kit, if I didn't take advantage of the promos and programs to earn a good part of them free I paid about $200 for the year- but I over invested by choice. My company gives me quite a bit so I feel the investment is worth what I am receiving.

    Outside of the company I work for I could see paying about $50-100 for a kit and about $100-200 for supplies and inventory a year and no more than $20 a month for maintenance IF I was getting a decent payback.

    Answer by lanimommy81 at 8:44 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • I have a home business myself and I paid $30 to start. I guess for me it would be reasonable to pay up to $100 to start. But more importantly is if they are registered with Better Business Bureau. Also how long have they been in the business. Once I find out this information I can decide which one I could join.

    Answer by SaferAtHome at 9:58 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • How much do you feel is to much to pay for a home business?
    >>> More than you can afford to lose.

    And what do you think you should be required to pay to continue your business?
    >>> If there are any business-sustaining fees, they should be related to a tangible product or service, such as website hosting fee, products for inventory or personal use, or marketing materials IMO. If there is money being exchanged for no valid product or service, this could be a huge red flag.

    Would you be willing to pay more if you were getting more from the company?
    >>> See above response -- the amount put out should be equal to the value of the product or service you are receiving. For example, I don't consider paying $50/mo for a distributor website and "access" to a back-office feasible, when most companies provide the same for $0 - $20/mo. KWIM?

    Answer by nuwave06 at 10:20 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

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