See, the other day, someone from the forum actually contacted me and asked me to help with his product launch...
He had this product(Which I believe and know will sell) that he wanted to put up for sale on Clickbank, but he didn't know where to begin in terms of creation, marketing and launch.
Naturally, after I had done my pre-requisite checks, I told him that I would help him... for a fee and percentage profit-sharing of course...
After a couple of 2 hour long Skype calls in which I pretty much laid out the entire creation/launch/marketing blueprint for him, he agreed to go ahead and so I gave him 2 options for payment wise:
1) $3000 and 10% residual profit-sharing
2) $5,000 and 5% residual profit-sharing.
He chose to go with Option 1, but negotiated for $2,000 upfront instead, which I agreed simply because I saw the potential in his product. Hey, I went all way out and even offered to be the affiliate manager for the affiliate program as well.
Just so you know, the $2,000 is meant to go direct into my pocket. The set-up costs of his product inclusive of web-design, etc etc were projected at a maximum of $1,200 which is not inclusive inside the $2K upfront.
This fella agreed and told me that he would wire $1,500 first and the balance $500 as the launch process was smoothly underway. Fair enough I told him.
I sent him my bank details for the wiring, but to my horror, 2 days later, he sent me an email.
Basically the email stated that YES, he is very interested in launching the product, YES he will engage my services for sure, BUT he told me he could not afford to wire the initial agreed $1,500.
Ok fine, granted that not everyone has $1,500 to spare to launch a product, but hey, you don't promise someone and then fail to deliver on that promise later. I mean, he should have at least checked his figures first right???
Anyway, moral of the story(imo), is that if you are a Product Launch Manager/Affiliate Manager like me, you might wanna think of charging even for Skype consultancy.
I suspect that there are tons of people like this guy, who just wants free advice and a thorough plan for himself. Despicable if you ask me...
Product Launch Management and Affiliate Management are a decent, honest-to-God business, and managers shouldn't be taken for a joyride like that.
You have been warned...so protect yourselves!!!
Hope this helps to warn all present and future launch/affiliate managers. Good Luck!