Better Business Bureau

What is the Better Business Bureau (BBB)?

Better Business Bureau

Established in 1912, the BBB is a non-profit organization operating in the United States and Canada. It’s sole purpose is to ultimately protect businesses and consumers from fraudulent and unethical business practices in a number of specific locations.

To do this, the BBB collects information about businesses on a local and national scale. It then uses this information to pre-warn the public about fraudulent or unethical business practices, and is also regarded as a trusted source that can act as intermediaries when disputes between a consumer and business needs resolving.

The BBB is mostly funded by businesses that request accreditation, and for this there is a cost involved. Once an application has been accepted, the BBB then examine the business and award accreditation (if applicable).

In an attempt to remain impartial and fair, the BBB also refuses to recommend or endorse any particular business. People often assume that a BBB logo is the sign of a recommendation, but it simply means that an application has been made to the BBB, and accreditation has been approved.

Again, this does not mean that the BBB recommend the product/business/service.

Regardless of what people think of BBB accreditation, we strongly support any organization which monitors unethical business practices, especially online. The BBB is not a service that has the right to ‘police’ business standards and ethics, but the general public do place great faith in the BBB and what it attempts to achieve.

If you are concerned about a particular business then we suggest that you report it via the BBB website.

Also remember that Work From Home Watchdog is here to help bring scam or unethical online websites to the attention of our visitors. Be sure to read our tips on avoiding online scams, and if you have been scammed and would like us to investigate your claims, please contact us here.