Small Businesses Beware!

I will ashamedly hold my hand up, and admit, that I was not so smart in the first 6 months of doing business.
I heard the word "Advertising" and lots of numbers about how many people would see my Ads and thought "Oh Yes Please, I am a new business and need all the help I can get!".

Sadly as the new year has started, I have been uncovering more and more scams that people have been trying to pull on me, or have unfortunately been successful in pulling off on me.
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After realizing I was the victim of a marketing scam, I did some research and discovered a page posted by the FHT which describes what happens.

As I started reading, I recognized a lot of the names coming up.
The companies which I have fallen victim to, are listed below:
Digital Jupiter
Emergency Services Press
Authoized Publications Ltd
Staff Discounts UK

I have also been contacted toda by MLP Media another company known for false-selling practices.

Also check ou the advice give by Safe From Scams, to make sure that you don't fall prey to these unethical practices.

If you are local to West Lothian, the two marketing resources I have had some success with, is the West Lothian Business Directory, as well as the "Up the Street" Mailer, otherwise my advice to you would be "Don't agree to any advertising deals immediately, tell the sales rep you will need time to discuss the offer, and then DO YOUR RESEARCH!"