There seems to be a huge tendency here to underestimate the intelligence of business owners....hello - they are running a business and if they are in business more than a year they have some smarts right?
If you don't "know how" to do something why would you try to sell a business owner on "your" services? I have seen people here get hired to freelance "market" or build a website and they have NO idea what they are doing? Ouch
I also see people try to make a buck by selling things to business owners that don't make sense....way overpriced. Many times the person yapping about it is just trying to sell a "wso" to others here....an example of this is trying to say that biz owners will pay you $495 a month to "claim and maintain their yelp page" >>. what a joke
I see people who are so eager to get others to "sell" for them on commission...when what they offer sucks and really why would anyone bother to "sell" it? Some of these (on paper only) ideas are just not saleable.
Also...if you are in another country and don't speak English well, why would an American with any sales skills want to go out and waste their time, gas, etc selling for you? Heck if I wanted to do that I could hire people off fiverr and elance and make all the money
If you can't "sell" it yourself...maybe it is NOT saleable
Not every idea is a good idea...face it...and business owners are not stupid...repeat that again.
The other thing I find odd around here is that when people are pushing their (on paper, pie in sky) "plan" they fail to take into account that small biz owners are hard to pin down, quirky...often have no idea what their password is, don't have their graphics files, they sit down to do business and "their biz" interrupts (my best example - I was sitting with a pizza shop owner when a fire broke out in his kitchen!)
My advice to people who want to work offline is simple : want to cold call? afraid? then go get a part time job in a phone room and learn the skills
want to sell in person offline? then sign up as an independent rep with a company or two (non conflicting)....offer some "real" things like printing or ad space or whatever....and sell your own stuff too if it is ok (non conflict)....you may at least learn sales skills...get your foot in the door...and learn what it is really like to deal with small biz owners