By virtue of the activities that get discussed on this forum, the majority of the members here would at minimum, classify themselves as "entrepreneurs". As entrepreneurs, we each come to the table with different motivations and desires. But in reality, we all want the same thing... to make money, right?
There's a lot of discussion here about the mechanics of starting and running a business from the "how" side, but I wonder how many people here are actually transitioning from the hobbyist activities of earning some cash as affiliates or whatever their method, to moving their business to the stages beyond the owner-operator getting some Paypal payments here and there or a check from Google or Clickbank.
There's a difference between a hobby that makes money, and a sustainable asset that continues to grow and operate into the future.
Over the years, I've seen a pattern that holds true even today with technology and internet companies... most new companies are not started on the basis of totally new or original ideas - but are based on old ideas that are updated in some manner.
The most successful ventures are NOT the pure innovations that change markets. Sure, those are longshot, mega-deals that borderline on divine intervention... curing cancer, developing cold fusion power, etc...
But most successful businesses are based on bringing some incremental change or improvement to a product, a method, or a market.
I know that a big hurdle for people here is trying to figure out what to sell.
What niche should I be in?
What kind of product should I develop?
And conventional IM wisdom says to look for niches that have some competition, but not necessarily too much competition. So everyone is out there looking for the untapped gold vein in the Google keyword statistics.
But if we inject some traditional views of entrepreneurism into the mix, we find that a business can be just as successful by employing some other strategies as well.
I don't see as many people in IM as true entrepreneurs though.
I see a lot of people scrambling for territories to sell things based on keyword searches in niches.
But there's nothing that really differentiates them from someone else, and there's no barrier to entry in what they do, which keeps forcing the value down at a rapid pace.
What are you doing to transition yourself into a real business?
What the next stage for yourself?
Services? Product development? Software products?
What's your plan to transition away from getting clickbank or google checks to becoming a real business with your own customers?