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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Barriers to Entry

Chatted with a melancholy friend today. She's offput by the established businesses. There doesn't seem to be a way to break in and become a big success. I think she's perhaps focusing a bit much on the big part.

I make enough from my tee-shirt sales that I cover my costs, pay for my account, and still have some to donate to Tashie's money-tree. And that's when I'm not giving away product to friends who think it's cool.

I can understand how she feels though. SL (like RL) is probably never going to be equitable or fair. Sometimes the undeserving seem to get the breaks. It happens.The right person in the right place at the right time. I felt a lot like she did when I started thinking about a business in my first few days. Every niche seemed to be full. I just did my thing anyway, and it worked out. Not at first, but after a little while.

There's always mobility, and those niches just aren't as full as they look. Some people switch business models, stop doing business and retire, or get tired. And there are always new folks coming in, so those niches keep widening. There's always opportunity for the persistent.

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