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    SitePoint Enthusiast LABachlr's Avatar
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    Need some business advice for this proposed business deal

    I have a project that has dropped in my lap, and I would like some advice as to the business deal that was proposed by them. It is a deal that involves a replicating website project.

    Here is some background on this project:

    5 partners invested money into a DVD project. They were originally going to just sell the DVD, and they had the distributors of the movie "The Secret" to handle the distribution of it. However, the distributors backed out because of a "conflict of interests."

    As luck would have it, that's when I called the producers just to ask permission to use a portion of the earlier version of their DVD. They just finished the new DVD, and have not even started to sell it yet. So that's why I was asking about the earlier version.

    In any case, I suggested that instead of just selling the DVD (which is a slow process if you are selling it internationally, and this is for an international company), that they create a replicating website based on the DVD, and sell memberships to the reps that would allow them to have their own version of this website that they could use to sell this type of product. They could also sell the DVD through this website, as there will be many occasions where using the DVD would be more suitable.

    They loved the idea, and offered me the project. Here is what they offered me to create the website for them:

    40% of the proceeds from the membership subscriptions of the replicating website
    40% of the proceeds of the DVD sales generated by the website
    40% of the leads that are generated via video websites where I will post some of the videos, like youtube (I happen to be a rep for the type of product that the DVD promotes)

    With respect to 40% of the leads, they will be splitting up the 60% of their leads amongst the 5 partners, and I will get 40%. The largest portion that one of the partners would get would be 20%. So, I would be getting double what the largest partner would be getting.

    I then brought up the cost of production of the website, and asked how that would be paid for. They said that since they put in so much money into the DVD, that they figured it would be the cost of doing business on my end. I suggested that they ask the investors who were not at our meeting, and see if they would be willing to pay for the site. They said they would ask, but that they may not be happy about investing more money. I did not mention it, as I thought of it later, but we could certainly give them an extra percentage back so they were assured a return on their investment.

    Another way to pay for the site would be to see if the designers would be willing to take a percentage of the revenue (up to a certain point) in place of being paid up front. I would offer them more if they opted for the percentage of the proceeds vs. the entire fee when the project is complete.

    In any case, the advice I am seeking is do you think 40% of the deal is fair for me? I will be producing this website, and will also be marketing the heck out of it via blogs, video websites, social networking, etc. I will also be maintaining the website. They will just be providing the content, which is pretty much already done.

    Thoughts?

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    SitePoint Enthusiast Yogler's Avatar
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    Just realize you are signing up for an entrepreneurial venture, not a job. You need to decide if 40% of the proceeds if you succeed is worth the risk of no reward if you fail.

    If it's not, then you need to either
    a) have them pay you real dollars, or
    b) say "no thanks."

    Cheers,
    Yogler

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    You get 40% of the total sales proceeds for just setting up the website and recruiting some reps. It looks like a good deal for you if the DVD has big audience. Keep in mind that your reps will do retail marketing and sales for you.
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    I would expect that if the people working with you actually believe in you, they will have no problem agreeing to some cash up front. And if they don't believe in you, why are they asking for your help? If it were me, I would insist on something up front so I know they are serious.


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