Monica stormed out of the restaurant.
Her husband, Rick, smashed his hand on the table, pondering whether to hit me or go after her.
The night started great.
My wife arranged dinner with Monica and Rick at our favorite restaurant.
They were both excited so when we finished eating, I asked what was up.
“We are going to start an e-commerce business. It’s an easy way to make side income so we hopped on the opportunity.”
“You are kidding me right?”, I raised my eyebrow.
“Why? We saw a webinar a couple days ago and the guy in it explained it’s a great idea.”
At that point, I snorted.
And from her reaction, Monica seemed butthurt.
“Well, why don’t you do us a favor and let us know why it’s not a great idea?”
“I would love to Monica.
You see, all e-commerce business owners fool themselves.
They think they have a business while in reality, all they have is a hobby.
If you want to make money, you need to treat it like a business. There’s no such thing as make easy online. And you will not make money if you just create a website and sit on your ass all day.
That’s why e-commerce website fails 99 out of 100 times.
Guess your webinar guy didn’t mention that, huh?”
At that point, you could feel the switch in the mood and could cut the tension with the knife.
“You are wrong! The guy is respected online and has lots of clients. He promised that he can make it work for us.”
“Make it work for you? Oh man, don’t tell me that he sold you coaching with him.”, I grinned at them.
And lo and behold, they both stormed out of the restaurant, proving my suspicion.
We’re all different.
There are people who are fed lies and don’t care.
And there are people who prefer to know upfront what works, abhor fluffy claims and are ready to bust their asses in order to make money online.
If you belong to the first group, nice talking to you.
If you belong to the second group, I want you on my team.
P.S. My wife spoke with Monica three days later.
They are terribly sorry for their reaction and found out that there are not enough hours in the day to run an e-commerce website.
They will have to manage employees, the warehouse and even fly to China and negotiate a drop shipping agreement.
Instead, they asked if I knew of any worthwhile business idea that needs only a couple hours a day to get started and little money up front.
Turns out that Monica is pregnant and they prefer investing their time and money on businesses that will contribute to their child’s future.
And guess what?
I had the perfect solution for them
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