There are a few challenges and things that happen throughout the year with the haunt industry.
Right around Halloween a new series of people enter the site and demand concrete answers and have probably never even been through a haunted house. I personally have driven to see sites and come to find out the people have only attended ONE haunted house as a customer and have a wild idea that running a business is like what the articles on Yahoo say.
Then anyone who makes things is heavily involved in manufacturing things to prepare for the tradeshows or after the tradeshows completing custom work that was ordered. In September and October, you literally have shows open and everyone does work hard and long hours and somehow is also supposed to meet the demand of people who have nothing going on and lots of spare time.
Then it seems no one really likes or agrees with the advice. In short they haven't done anything or thought through any advice but it doesn't sound like what they want to hear.
Further do you have any idea how much per hour all these people that are offering their time actually can earn per hour? And they are literally giving that time to you and then it isn't really appreciated? That Allen H guy? How about it is Mister Allen Hopps.
Then another thing is, you have all this advice and conversation for years and years aquired and asked, what are you going to do with this knowledge? Anything? Or has something that should be highly praised and appreciated been given the same real respect as a Ghetto myspace chat room.
All the big names are still out here and check in occasionally but, each have been disrespected, not believed, challenged for their offerings or demanded upon. It takes a lot of time type out stupid paragraphs and seem coherent. Then no one reads them and asks the question that was just answered. Maybe it is Floride in the water or the entire screwed up school system or some kind of substance abuse. This has always been a professional board with a splash of entertainment and comaradary.
Questions are being answered on here by people that command $30 to $600 and more per hour. Then not specifically anyone on this discussion but in general the responders are told they probably never did any of that, don't really know and it isn't what they heard from someone else who is also not a long time success. It seems people that start up and go out of business in 3 years and have to change towns as many times to keep their business sounding like it is exciting this time around, and again go out of business seem to have better advice than people that have successfully been in this business for 15, 20 or 25 years or even more. So if no one really cares, why work so hard making sure your every question is answered?
I personally got overwhelmingly busy and caught myself expending too much energy justifying things to people who don't know and don't believe that will never buy one of my products or support any of my services. Then I do pay attention, 5 months later the SAME question rolls around from the same people like they never internalized the conversation the first time around.
I do get lots and lots of private messages and email because people have gone through the search function and looked at the past hundred years of posts.
My personal grip is perhaps a current economic condition of the country and the world, where many times some one with a college degree, even a masters degree gets on here and every, not a few, everything they have been led to believe by their college professors is a lie. The world doesn't work like filling out an application or just talking to lots of people and someone will give you something. The teachers never did it and have a curiculum and everyone that graduates is special. Haunted Houses are generally a hands on thing, it isn't a trophy, you either have skills or you don't or you can develop them but it isn't a magic wand, you do things make things, think things through and test them to make sure they work and are recieved well by customers. It isn't just make out a list of things to buy.
I personally am kind of confused. Maybe it is much simpler than that and the idiots that have great credit and think they are somebody and should buy everything are the customers and you should take their cash and shut up? Who cares if they are broke and bankrupt in a year or two. Who cares if they find themselves in debt to a tremendous degree and none of this worked out for them like they imagined or were led to believe by their education.
Now I have found everything that is involved in every facet of the Haunted House business has actually made my other businesses excel in practice and made my time next to nothing. Not that this post is something I feel is worth $25 but, perhaps I find myself outputting to this site that has helped me out so tremendously to the point of taking away what I should be doing. Then on top of that to not be believed, or someone that has 3 posts telling me I just need to not respond and I didn't tell them what they wanted to hear. Some people don't know how to have a conversation. They want stuff.
So when are you a success? When maybe you have not had a real job for several decades? Don't owe alot of money and without advertising have people calling you regularly for things that earn you money. So there is a bigger cycle of people don't have any free time when they are busy and successful. If some one is taking the time to give back to the comunity, it isn't really free to the giver.
SO again, what are all the answers doing for you? Has it been entertaining? Has it proven to be something that now fully decribed isn't something you really want to do? It's great to just watch all this crap because it is all free? Something popped in my head when I got really busy and I watched a webinar that kind of depressed the shit out of me. New entrepeneurs are making business plans and just incase you didn't know, this is a scam and business coaches and mentors charge $175 to $270 per day, usually one day or two days per month to make your business happen. To intimately review your strategies and thinking toward some goal. Lots of times these businesses put in their business plan that they will spend so many thousands of dollars for travel to better learn the industry they are engaged in.
And here everyone DEMANDS a free and complete responce to their every day dream. What is this information being used for?
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