Oh, revenue sharing. It always goes a little something like this. A customer contacts you to say that they love your work, they want to work with you, but they can't pay you for it right now. Instead, let me bring you onto the team, and when we're all rich and famous, you'll be glad you did!
It Can Be Done
There's nothing wrong with revenue sharing. If a talented person is looking to get in on the ground floor of the next huge social media app, and they're willing to risk it all, that's great for them! Once there's a relationship built on trust and results, revenue sharing can actually be a great thing for a business to add to its portfolio.
So, Why Say No?
We here at The Bureau do our research, and we know that different businesses can have different results. However, when you're betting on your livelihood, it just isn't a smart investment. It's not like clients asking for revenue sharing deals are in short supply. What was once the realm of freelancers can now be seen everywhere from vacation destinations to your local coffee shop: people who want a product or service in exchange for marketing or driving sales toward your business. If it worked, everyone would do it.
Not to mention that taking on a revenue sharing opportunity completely out of the unknown is just asking for trouble, and business owners can tell you why. You're an experienced professional who deserves to be paid for your work. You've spent years, maybe decades, honing your craft. And there's a reason why the people asking to revenue share want to work with you, because you're talented. Because they love your voice and your style, and out of all the other options out there, you were the very best.
Of course, you don't need to worry about the horrors of revenue sharing when you're working with a great, established team of professionals! If you're interested in our work, check out what we do, or get in touch with us!