Network marketing is a workable home business model that can fetch excellent returns if you know how to go about it. Here is some advice to help you enter into a safe network marketing home based business option and bring in good returns.1. You will have to acquire as much knowledge on the subject of network marketing as possible. You can read extensively about this form of marketing via books and online articles written by fellow entrepreneurs. You can also have discussions with other online entrepreneurs about their first hand experiences with this business. You will find plenty of information available through books, articles and videos on the internet.2. Once you know enough about network marketing, match your skills and resources with the requirements of this online venture. If you are embarrassed to approach your colleagues and contacts for sales orders, this line is not for you. However, if you are confident of your sales skills and like interacting with people you will probably excel at this online business venture.3. Conduct through research about network marketing companies offering such ventures and evaluate the schemes that they have to offer.4. There are some additional checks you can perform before joining an affiliate network marketing program. If the company wants you to buy products for sale, find out the price at which you need to buy them and check against the retail prices of similar products in the market. If you are going to buy them at a price higher than the market rate, you should know that there will be no takers when it is your turn to sell. It could also indicate saturation in the number of affiliates, which could result in a thinner spread of the commission across the layer of affiliates.5. In addition, check out the company’s area of focus. Is it trying to sell its products or is it more focused on telling you how to make more money, attend training, buy promotional material and samples and build people networks? While the former hints at genuineness of the company’s intentions, the latter may be a pointer to a pyramid scheme, requiring further clarity about the program.6. Finally, make the transition in a progressive manner, if you can help it- from a part time profession to a full time business only after the returns are good enough.