Originally Posted by Zava Design
The balance between profits v ethics. Mine is obviously not the same as yours or the forum owners, hence my question to them. Business is more than just about money to some people.
I think you misunderstand business as a concept if you believe this statement (Did you say it out loud before posting?). You have created a false dichotomy to seemingly bolster your position however it is based in an incorrect proposition. Profitability doesn't equate to a loss of ethics.
Your argument as it stands is:
Flying Solo is
a content driven network of small business owners and entrepreneurs for
small business owners and entrepreneurs and is flawed at the ethical/moral level due to the owners and publishers of the website product allowing businesses from the "large company/corporation" demographic (which is outside of the scope of the network) to advertise their products and services to said network.
Correct me if I am wrong.
If I am not wrong, your argument is invalid as I believe you have missed the point of this forum. This forum is a support network for small business owners and entrepreneurs where information and resources are the prize for participation. It is content drive by the contributors in a manner directed by the organisers. What you need to understand though is that Flying Solo is not the product. We are.
Flying Solo is a business that offers a product. We are that product. We are an enthusiastic group of business orientated individuals that share stories, advice and ideas. Flying Solo sell this network (us) that they have groomed as the target market to their advertising partners. It is as simple as that.
Second to this, their advertising partners are businesses that offer products and services of value to what we are doing. We are their target market. It's not like they are trying to sell hamburgers to vegetarians.
You are a willing participant in this transaction and the benefit you receive is access to this network. This is why your argument is invalid. You have taken it upon yourself to assume Flying Solo is the product when in fact, it is a simple is the catalyst.