All of us work very hard for the money we have and with the ever changing status of the global economy; we need to be even more cautious and smart about how and where we spend it. Of course there are mandatory expenditures from which we cannot escape but for the most part, there are many expenses we incur that are more voluntary in nature. The business of trading money for services or products is what commerce is built upon and whether or not it is conducted in person or online, we need to be savvy. Everyone has something to sell and if you’re not careful you may just give in and buy buy buy! How do we make sure that we’re spending money our money wisely with businesses that are reputable? There is a lot of glitz and glamour in sales and if you don’t have your wits about you, you can end up spending your hard earned cash at a company that is less than secure.
The internet is fraught with businesses that have their own websites that are chock full of testimonials and great claims and while you may be swayed to conduct business based on this, don’t. The best way to find out if a business is secure, honest and reliable is to do your research. Companies that subject themselves to public reviews are the ones that you can trust. There are several ways you can find out if the company you’re buying from or conducting business with is good to go, for example, here is the BBB review of Instabill Corporation. It is this transparency that you should depend on to help make decisions before you spend your money on any product or service. Here are a couple other suggestions you can apply to find out if a company is who they say they are and conducting business appropriately:
Check out internet forums:
There are several consumer driven internet forums in existence that comprise users from all around the world, relaying their experiences with different vendors. There is a certain level of honesty in these forums that cannot be achieved on official websites. The members of these forums are not paid or compensated in any way for their honesty and what they relay is personal to their interactions. Choose the industry or company you’re hoping to engage and look for forums that are active with open discussions on the quality of service from the vendors. If you don’t see the information you are looking for do not be afraid to ask for it. Start your own thread and ask the questions that you want to know about the companies you want to deal with.
Bureaus of standards:
You can find these bureaus in your city or town listing online and they are a valuable resource for conducting research on companies you plan on doing business with. You can find out how compliant the company is with laws and best practices and even if they are flagged or blacklisted as an unscrupulous vendor. This is also a great avenue to share both your praise and your grouse – the information you relay can help other people who are looking for the same information you may be in the future.