How do we determine as intellectuals whether a home based business is legitimate. There are many home based businesses that actually work and are able to produce fantastic results. Unfortunately, there are also many home based businesses that don’t deliver and most people end up wasting their money. Some people spend thousands of dollars trying to find the right home based business. These businesses can be anything from home assembling to selling a product as an affiliate marketer. The problem does not usually exist with the type of work involved but with the company you are interacting with.Most home based business entrepreneurs that decide to try out home based businesses are beginners. They have grown tired of their 9 to 5 job and are looking for more freedom and the ability to be their own boss. The excitement of this possible venture sometimes plays games with their minds and they opt-in to every opportunity that comes along. That is simply the wrong thing to do and a lot of these companies exploit this by saying you make millions over night. You must be realistic when deciding on a home-based business and expect that the money doesn’t simply fall into your lap. Sure their are a small percentage of home based entrepreneurs that make it very big in a short period but they are in the minority.The most important thing to remember when contemplating a home based business is researching the company. There are some definite criteria that any person should take into account when conducting a study. Some questions that should be asked are, “does the company have a proven record” and “are there any legal issues with the company”. So essentially you are trying to prove that a company will produce for you based on past occurrences and that the company is not in legal trouble that could seriously affect your success. These are not the only questions that should be asked. In fact, the more questions you ask the better. You need to sometimes dig deep in order to find the answers but its worth the effort.Some other things you should consider when deciding the legitimacy of a home-based business is the product. If you are going to be selling a product as an affiliate marketer you must make sure that its sellable. Their are some good products and their are some bad products. The most important question that you should be asking is, “will this product stand the test of time and always sell in poor economic times”. Lets be realistic you are not entering into a home based business for the short term and to make a couple of bucks. You want to be extremely successful and want a product you can use to sell to the right consumer at the right time.A company should also have proven customer service that is always available for you. The worst nightmare for any home based business entrepreneur is not knowing what their doing and having no one to help with their problem. Good customer service should consist of answering questions promptly, correctly and offering advice whenever possible. The key to the legitimacy of any home based business is the ability for a company to stand by their business and to be confident in their interactions with their affiliates. A good way to determine the legitimacy of a home based business is by e-mailing or calling them to see if they respond to you.Determining the legitimacy of any home based business is not rocket science. Its simply a step by step process by asking a lot of questions. Its not about acting impulsively because it looks good. That is simply good marketing because they are able to reel you in. However, a smart entrepreneur will always do their homework thereby determining legitimacy. If you find out about legal issues, track record, customer service and the product, you can make an informed decision on whether they are worth buying into.