Self employment can be an exciting time in your career. The opportunity to work hard and see the fruits of your labour is very enticing. And it is no wonder that many women decide to work for themselves after having children - the ability to work your own hours is very appealing in the quest for work / life balance.
It is always important to do your research when you are looking to work for yourself. This includes self employment opportunities that are advertised on job boards and newspapers. Make sure you have full knowledge of what you are selling and the costs associated with it before you make any decisions.
There are some great websites that will alert you to any scams or pyramid schemes currently circulating in the market. Visit the Australian Security and Investment Commission's website on scams at http://www.fido.gov.au/scams or the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission scam watch website found at http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/693900