You may remember me from the good old days of Business of Software forums as the guy that had a business selling Chimney Sweep software (ChimSoft). Although that was a terrible idea (it did have some sales and more or less broke even), I learned a ton of lessons from the experience.
I also created one of the first sites on the Internet for buying and selling used cars in 1995: Used Cars On-Line (I missed usedcars.com by a single month). Believe it or not, that business still provides income to this day.
I’m currently working on BudgetSimple which started bootstrapped, however I’m currently going the fundraising route and recently took a $25k investment. As someone who has done both funded and bootstrapped companies, I’ve learned the pros and cons of both, but in general believe the primary purpose of starting a business is to turn a profit (which shouldn’t have to be said, but these days…)