Home based business is never a fake, its all legit.
So im not quite sure what you mean by that...everyone who starts a home based business are legitimately trying to succeed.
The Scams are frequently in the companies that offer the dropshipping to you.
alot of these companies will basically make you a salesman for their profits, while yours is very very low for your troubles. In my honest opinion, the best way is to invest a little of your own money, use YOUR money to purchase from liquidators, and wholesalers, have it all shipped to you, THEN sell those items online and ship them yourself. Dropshipping ( and I learned this fast) is a scam.
Let me explain.
If i walked into a Macys and said to its manager, " hey, i will sell your stuff to people outside of this store, but I will give you what you are asking for the items I just want you to give them the merchandise once they paid me", then Macys would say SURE NP. Why? cuz it costs them nothing to have you bust your behind for them, they still are making the money they are asking, it is upon you to ask for more in order to make a profit......Now listen to this....
The "smart" online business man does a little more homework...finds liquidated products from liquidators for example COOGI jackets at 2$ a piece but you need to buy all 400. so you pay up front 800$ then you decide to sell it for 10$ KNOWING FULL WELL THAT THE LOT WILL EARN YOU 4k. AND ALONG comes a person who sells by dropshipping and he gets the same jacket at a dropshipper for 25$ and tries to sell it on ebay for 35$ to make 10$ BUT......BUT yours is on sale at ebay for 20$.
He is screwed. he cant compete with you.
and thats whats happening right now. I won't name names but a frind of mine sells books on Amazon for 1CENT each, can you compete with that? NOPE.
But he bought millions of books from clearances with publishers and makes 5$ a book from shipping cost but sells them for a penny...dont believe me? go to amazon and type any book
so my answer to your question is.....invest i your own load of products, then sell them....forget dropshipping as a first timer its a scam.