This is actually the first time that I heard that “Lifestyle Business” has negative cogitations. I’ve actually always seen it as a positive, but maybe that’s because it’s something that I’m striving for. Have others here experienced this?
I’ve had several Bay Area types make comments to me along the lines of, “Oh, sounds like a lifestyle business,” with a certain holier-than-thou sneer during the word “lifestyle.” :-)
I’ve heard it with both connotations. As @adrianh alludes, the negative cogitations are usually accompanied with an air of self-righteousness.
I think it’s all about the culture that it’s in and the goals people are striving for.
For someone pushing to build the next Facebook, or Google, a “Lifestyle Business” is going to seem like a small goal. If you’re pushing for other things in life, though, it seems narrow-minded to put all your investment in one area of your life. I think it’s just another situation of: different people want and enjoy different things in life. And we all tend to be pretty bad an empathizing with people and seeing things from their perspective.
Personally, I think “lifestyle business” sounds better than “journey business”
I think the connotations regarding “lifestyle business” differ significantly based on who you’re talking to.
This is just some useless thoughts from a person. Not that they are all bad, but I don’t think he should have publicized them like this, it has caused many people to read it – and for nothing.
OP here, and sorry in advance for this snarky remark… but haven’t you basically just described the internet?
And also your own comment?
At what point does an article transcend “useless thoughts from a person” and move into something worth publishing? I’m always trying to improve my writing, and I admit it’s not top shelf. But I didn’t realize there was a baseline to entry before hitting publish.
Eh, don’t feed the trolls. I thought the article was great, and I really like the term “journey business” although I’ll still probably use the term solopreneur to describe my own efforts for a while (at least until I’m no longer solo!).
Why don’t we call them “Barnacle Businesses?
Maybe let’s give this site a week before we try to brand a broad industry. :)