Let me be the first to admit that when I have sold a house in the past, and when I sell a house in the future, I use a real estate professional. Why? They know what they are doing. They have the connections. They have the time to make the sale for me. I also know that when we are out looking at houses (we do this for fun some times) we only visit homes for sale that are being represented by real estate professionals. Why? Because we know the house have been prepared for sale, and we know that when it is time to do the paperwork, the professional will know the most effective and efficient path for everyone.
And yes, we know we pay for this service.
The same goes for buying food. We pay to have someone process that ground beef for us from the raising of the cow to our plate.
At restaurants, we pay to have someone prepare that fantastic meal.
At the market, we pay those farmers to grow the carrots and so forth.
At the auto repair show, we pay the mechanic to fix that transmission.
Again, it is because they know what they are doing!
When I got up this morning, I scanned through my email and my various social media outlets. On Facebook, there was a company proclaiming the fantastic benefits of self-publishing. The slogan they had?