I have a team who floated this idea as a SaaS solution before, but we're not sure if there's a specific vertical with high pain points. Building something like this wouldn't be that hard for a few verticals, or adjacent ones. Building a gen purpose tool for everyone is a different story, though.
Yes, sadly we all currently surrender our attention (whether to TV, books, or whatever) for about $3 an hour (https://a16z.com/2020/01/27/1000-true-fans-attention-economy-inevitable-kevin-kelly/). The tip from Naval Ravikant (?) was to set an hourly rate extremely high, something your future self would be proud of ike $5000/hour, and use it as a mental tool to always prioritize. Which means that this tip is worth ~$200 🤟🏻 Good news: the stop-gap has always been in our heads, free-of-charge.
In my take, there is less of a need gap more so than awareness gap.
There are many options if you look at beyond the obvious, at least for some of these fields. Nowadays there are many self-publishing platform and different avenues for one to showcase your knowledge. A few possibilities:
- Agriculture, cooking ==> create article/video tutorials, search reddit forums for questions that people are asking, volunteer to write guest posts at blogs like MarksDailyApple
- Writing, fashion, art, travel ==> Start publishing and/or create lookbook. It seems that the founder of Glossier did just that and gained a following. Artists of the world, Patreon can be your resume.
- Photography ==> take some great photos, publish on Unsplash
- Sales, marketing, accounting, communication, research, writing ==> Quora, HackerNews, ProductHunt to engage the community + topic in your areas of expertise. Answer people's questions on reddit (the high-quality questions). How about start working on some projects at freelancing sites to sharpen skills, build portfolio, while gaining some income? Also, how about answering questions on Needgap? 😉