A lot of people I've spoken to agree that making money by following the guidelines in those self-help books doesn't work. And I wouldn't expect it to. Who in their right mind would give away their best tips to the virtual community (except Howard Rheingold)? ... And Upworkers, of course. (But they're a special, non-elitist and friendly bunch.)
Only learning confers skills. Only practice makes perfect. Only experience provides wisdom.
Who made the real money during the gold rush? Not prospectors. Those who sold prospecting equipment. This is the Tim Ferris/Ramit Sethi method. Good money if you are great at selling and marketing. Of course, being useful isn't one of the required skills.
The more difficult and impossible it is to do something in reality, the more money you can make writing a book convincing people how easy it is to do and how to do it. That's not just about giving freelancers advice, but relatoinship advice or any other sefl-help areas. Self-help is a multi-billion dollar industry. And the ones peddling the advice are helping themselves (to the money) before they are helping anyone else.
People dream of making money, but FAST. So these types of people appeal to the ''money weakness'' of others. Most of them have no idea of the hard work as a freelancer, when you are your own admin, customer service, bookeeper, etc.
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