Originally Posted by escapeplan
Now I accept I have exaggerated a little but you and I both know that it doesn't work like that and it seems many people (aided by SBI etc) believe they must build traffic and that somehow then they can sell "stuff". How many people do you see on this website trying to set up a retail shop, a cafe, a book store, an insurance company, a taxi firm, a factory? None. No body. Much better to hide behind fuzzy thinking of following a passion and making easy money online and ignore the fact you need to be business minded.
Now don't get me wrong- the fault is not in having an internet business or using it alongside your real world business. No, the problem is in the different mental frequencies that many of the types of people I have stereotyped above are on, compared to successful businesspeople (think Branson autobiography verses average forum comment on SEO and meditating on ones passion).
So what's my point? My point is that for a PD site, to avoid people wasting time they should focus on what's required to be a businessperson above living in a dreamworld. Erin wrote a good article on it- something about having what it takes to run a business.
While I do agree that most Internet "businesses" are ridiculous, I'm not so sure about the passion part. I mean, sure, you probably can't get rich by taking pictures, but you have to at least LIKE what you are doing in order to do it long enough to get good enough to make money.
I hope that makes sense