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5 Things You Can Do Today So You Don’t Get Ripped-Off

February 24, 2011

Since starting my career, I have noticed one consistent fact. People are out for themselves.  Half the time they don’t care about you or your company, they just want to make a quick buck. I wonder though, how can people be this way? In business and in life how can people rip others off? I constantly run into this problem where I work.  We constantly are fighting off one scammer after another.  I think in any business you are going to have to face the fact at some point or another you will be ripped-off but what can we do to prevent this? Well I think it all boils down to a few key points.

1. Do your research Next time you are going to hire someone at your office or just bringing them into your life, make sure you research them.  Haven’t you ever heard someone say, well “Google” it. I actually think this is quite wise to do. I have worked in HR before and I always would research our potential employees using the wonderful tool of Google.

2. Have a Trial Run– When you hire someone new, put them on a probationary period where they have to prove within a certain time frame that they are worth keeping.

3.  Don’t be afraid of confrontation– If you are going to hire someone new, it is ok to question them about their past.  You may ask them about information you found on Google. You have every right to question them and if they don’t want to answer you then that should be a red-flag.

4. Don’t be stupid– Do not be fooled by people by their charming ways or good looks. Most often scammers and people who are looking to rip you off, will look the part. They will look like they know what they’re talking about and will have the right attitude, but remember people need to earn your trust.

5. Listen to your gut– If you get a gut instinct when you talk to someone that says this person is no good, then chances are they are no good. Listen to your own feelings and gut and let it guide you to make the right decisions.

Hope this list helps someone else out there who is either going through or has gone through being ripped-off. It sucks to be ripped-off, but it’s worst when it happens again. So maybe next time before you hire that new employee, try a few of these tips and maybe you will avoid being ripped-off. Please feel free to leave me any comments or concerns.

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