Originally Posted by Vladdy
You do not need to hire an employee. You hire a company to do a project - there is no insurance or other expenses. If there is maintenance involved, that usually is part of the development contract and can be billed per hour or a fixed yearly fee, or combination of both.
The thing is, there is no reason for a good developer to get into a partneship like that - why do a free work with questionable potential, when there are paying customers lined up???
Hmm, So you are telling me that there is a company to "keep an eye" on the sites for any script errors, upgrades & to provide customer service to clients when needed, backups / site & server maintence & consultation on site, performance, design & revenue improvements? And a reasonable monthy or yearly cost?
The point of the partnership is to run a smooth & operational business & of course to make $$$. These sites will not take a whole day of an individuals life or interfere with any other activities they may have. As long as the individual make routine backups & to answer paid subscribers questions. It shouldn't take no more than 2 hours a day.
You quoted: "Why do free work with questionable potential, when there are paying customers lined up?"
The same reason why people work numerous hours when starting there own business. To someday to have more free time and to enjoy the results of their hard work. The 2 major reasons business' fail is because of a lack of a budget & no budget for marketing & promotion. In which is not the issue with this. I produce 3 radio shows in 2 major cities which has a listener base of 3 million people, Not to mention the production for a couple of television stations. So marketing is no problem, but finding the right candidate is, but I can ensure the potential is there.
Just do the math.
If I wasn't working 17 hour days, 7 days a week - Not to mention traveling, meetings & those darn conference calls. I would have the time to handle everything else with the exception of the major programming if needed.
Come to think about it the programming is minimal most of the scripts are pre-made & has support for them. But sometimes certain updates can take up to a couple hours to apply.
Anyways if you're not interested in the partnership don't waste my time with what if or nots, Its just your opinion.
BTW I've already had 3 ppl interested in this opportunity to respond. I had to respond to your comment, due to there are so many ppl who think like yourself. No disrespect intended.
The one thing Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Sam Walton, Russel Simmons, Bob Johnson & other self successful individuals have in common is:They all took a chance.