Many big companies interested in hiring a small business owner, are obsessed with teams. Often, the business owner is the only person who knows how the business actually works. However, when well connected people find out that a particular business is to be taken over by a big company, they start asking the business owner for work, so that they may be paid off when the business is taken over for doing almost nothing as part of the “team”. The quest to find the (sometimes non-existent) team members often has hilarious consequences.
The problem is worse online, as there is very little direct interaction. The big companies, which usually have offices where team members interact directly with each other, do not realise that unlike offline interactions , online interactions are very impersonal, and the buyer is only interested in getting work done from the seller. It is easy to find out the real attitude of the person towards you, even a single sentence/word can uncover the truth. Some other problems are identity theft, and judging a person based on his or her looks. They should not forget that most first generation business owners risk everything when they start a business, and treat them with the respect they deserve.