I only charged for (1) convention that I did in 2013.
Dodge and Steel Eagle was a sponsor for that event.
This was the only time I was involved in a show for profit. I put on the show..I signed all the contracts and I put up the 20k cash needed for the show dates to be reserved and locked down the event. I also paid for John T suite and Airfare and food, his guest's suite and Airfare, Roberts and Nigel's suite and airfare ( Robert I gave gas money to his coach.) No ONE NAME was on the contractor and no one's visa was charged any portion of the 20,000 bill but mine.
Though it is true, I do gross very high income, though I usually give my knowledge freely on the net to those who I feel have good intentions and not use it for their own means of starting a class to line their pockets .
I have been giving classes for Free and insisted that they stay free at the PWNA events. My classes are usually packed.
But some just refuse to believe that anyone could make the type of money I say you can. All you have to do is just open your eyes to the possibilities of perceived value.
Many contractors now do not visit these BBS anymore simply because of the drama as you witnessed when I posted.
I do however take a contractor or two under my wing and spend about 2-4 hours a day on the phone helping them make their goals. I do not ask money nor do I have any CD's to sell to them... I do this because I have the time to do it and I do not need to charge for simple questions nor do I need to promote an ORG or to promote a class.
Now that might change in the near future, and most likely will, but for now, I do it freely.