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Why I love to collaborate but hate wasting time on the phone Why I love to collaborate but hate wasting time on the phone
Almost every day I get approached by some company who wants me to move my sites, online art gallery or (this weeks most popular... Why I love to collaborate but hate wasting time on the phone

Almost every day I get approached by some company who wants me to move my sites, online art gallery or (this weeks most popular one) online courses over to their platform.

I’m always open to new opportunities and encourage anyone to reach out if you have a viable business opportunity that would benefit everyone (you, me and the customer). I might have some questions for you though – as I did this week. A company that promised me golden mountains of money by “simply” moving my Write a Book in a Week program to them. A closer look revealed their misleading numbers were based on me contributing a mere 10% of their student count, instead of the other way around. It’s like Amazon telling me I only get paid for my book sales of I personally sent them 10% of all their visitors. It’s possible, but not very likely. Could you imagine how much traffic I would have to send their way? By the end I probably wouldn’t make any money at all. Luckily it doesn’t work that way and I get paid for every copy of my books they sell for me – and at the same time I send them my traffic from this blog and other places their way. Everybody wins.

Back to the training company. They still haven’t answered my question about their profit split so I’m going to stick with my idea of what it looks like: they want me to give them my course material for free to build content for their new site and only if they happen to sell any of it they might pay me a little. Somehow it just doesn’t seem like a good balance.

Instead of an explanation (after all I might see this all wrong) or at least addressing some of my concerns over email they insisted we’d schedule a phone call. I declined the invitation. My time is a little too precious to spend on the phone discussing business opportunities that have major red flags surrounding them to begin with. Which is too bad, because in the end we both missed out on an opportunity to work together.

Anyway: who’s next?

Wilko van de Kamp Author

WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at www.wilko.ca