Being a webmaster almost every day someone comes to me with another idea for a handicapping website, or some kind of website idea. Today, I was contacted by a guy that wanted a handicapping website for his sports touting business, so he can sell his sports picks online.
It was a strange conversation from the start; not that I will really hold that against him. He told me how much he loved my work and all that good stuff. But – what was so interesting… he wanted me to make him the website for a 50% cut of his profits. WHAHAT!?! But that is not the way he put it, he was saying it in a way that seem to be challenging me, telling me to “put my money where your mouth is.”
So of course, I asked him, “How many customers do you have?” He replied back, “None.” So my question to him was, “Why don’t I make myself a handicapping website and keep 100% of the profits for myself?” I loved his reply, “Because you don’t have that kind of expertise.” I love it… Yes… I am a fucking moron. Oh, it gets even better! He also said, “If the website was “good” he would give me an added perk and let me have “some” of his sports picks.” Oh boy! At this point I didn’t want to blow it for him and tell him I was a computer programmer, and this website has done a fair amount of work.
As a Webmaster, I get offers like this all the time from handicappers, wanting to make deals for a website for a percentage of the website’s future profits and almost never works out. I mean it never works out well for me. I know it sounds rude.. I am not trying to be rude. But frankly speaking, any good idea that is worth someone’s time, is worth some-kind of money.
It was kind of funny to read; he told me that he just had moved to Vegas to bet NFL football for a living. I have worked with over 300 handicappers, the biggest to the smallest. This is a real job.