Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Before You Sign

Are you considering doing a business deal with someone? Whether it's to purchase something, or to go in half on some sort of business, deals like this take place daily. It can be great when you have found something that you would really like to purchase, or when you are starting a business. It's an exciting time, and it can be profitable, fun and a great path to success. However, it can also be the worst mistake you ever make. How well do you really know the person you're going to make a deal with?

Before you sign any sort of contract, or put up any money for something, you should find out exactly who you will be doing business with. There are many ways that you can do this. The first thing you should do is ask for references. Has this person sold something to other people that you can verify? If you get references, do not hesitate to call and ask about the person. Find out if the product purchased was quality, or if there were any problems. Of course, it is possible to get fake references from someone too. So, the next thing you should do is have the product checked out. For example, if you are going to purchase a car, ask if you can have a mechanic look at it before you buy it.

The person shouldn't have any problems with this, and if they do, you might want to be very cautious. If it is jewelry, have it appraised and so on. You should always check the value of something before buying it from an individual. Also, if it's a business partner that you're thinking of working with, find out if he or she has done business with anyone in the past. See if you can talk to these people as well.

Another thing you should do is check their background. Yes, this might sound a little extreme, but people unknowingly make deals with criminals every day. By visiting an online background site like, you can type in just a name and find out if that person has ever been arrested or convicted of scamming someone else in the past. This is a valuable resource to you, and a great way to check things out before you sign anything.

It's very easy to do, and the person doesn't have to know that you are checking him or her out at all. All you have to have is their name. Type it into the computer and after a few seconds you will have access to their information which will tell you whether or not it would be safe to trust them. Isn't it nice to know that in just a few minutes you are able to make sure that you're not dealing with a convicted thief or scam artist? We work too hard for our money to throw it away, or have it stolen to line the pockets of a con-artist. Simply checking first can help ensure that this doesn't happen to you.





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