I'm sure a lot of people are in the same boat, but once people find out about this stuff they are intrigued. Since earning income online is a little foreign to people, they naturally ask a lot of questions. At first, it was mostly my father's friends that owned their own business and wanted to expand online.
***sidenote: For those looking for offline business and the best strategy for getting it. Prove your worth and success by doing it for one business and referrals will come. I helped a guy out for free as a favor, but then had tons of people calling me asking me to help them.***
Eventually, all my friends were asking. Initially, I was excited for them. I spent a lot of time answering questions about how to get started. Gave them resources and offered help. But always, everything kinda faded out. It got to be where I wasted SO MUCH TIME with people who were genuinely sincere about wanting to make it online, only to have them totally bail.
Which is why NOW, I steer clear of those conversations and don't even offer up help. I might send them to the warrior forum to kinda prime the pump for some ideas, but I don't go through the trouble I used to. My new philosophy is that if people aren't willing to do their own digging, searching, and struggling, they aren't going to make it anyways....so why bother?
So a couple things...
--Kudos to you that made it online, there are not many that can do it.
--Kudos to you that spend a lot of time teaching newbies. I feel like I am a patient person, but I simply cannot tolerate people that look to me for information without showing the initiative to search it out themselves...or to even implement it.
I should mention also, this is the 80/20 for me. If someone comes back and says "Hey, i was checking out the warrior forum and it sounds like creating a content site with wordpress and monetizing with affiliate programs is the way to go. How do I install wordpress?" ......then now we're talking! But I don't spend too much time on the front-end unless they show some drive!