If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up somewhere else. –Yogi Berra
My last working day for Marketing Merge Inc. was April 1, 2010. Since then, I’ve moved back home to Kalamazoo, Michigan and put a 90-120 day business plan together.
Watch as I go from Zero to Internet Business over the next three to four months.
This post is for the small, but truly caring individuals who follow what I do, and have either called me or emailed or wondered what was up. Keep reading…
First let me make a few things very very clear because this is important to me:
1). It was my decision to leave Marketing Merge. I was given an offer that required my absolute commitment for the next 3-5 years, and I respectfully passed. It wasn’t personal. It was business.
2). There are no hard feelings between me and Mike Klingler or any Marketing Merge staff member. To the contrary, Mike and I had adult beverages and talked like brothers. He dropped me off at the airport. We gave big hugs and smiled warmly at one another.
3). I still advocate, support and will promote Renegade Professional. I will still be an active community member. With the HUGE announcements that I know are on the horizon, I plan to gobble up the opportunities that will be afforded all of us.
Why I Decided to Part Ways With Marketing Merge Inc.
I decided to leave because I didn’t like the offer I was given. It’s that simple. Again, it’s not personal. It’s business — but not my business. It’s Mike’s business. I’m not going to discuss the offer I was given because that is closed door business talk.
When Mike invited me to work with him last June of 2009, we shared great ideas and a similar vision for a particular project. Mike invited me to create with him, and offered a percentage of ownership.
I was ecstatic. I dropped everything I was doing. Mike agreed to pay me a living salary, and with the help of Marketing Merge, I moved my family to Portland.
We agreed that my role would not only include taking the primary role in developing out this ambitious project, but to also help with all things Renegade Professional. And if I could “earn my stripes” doing these things, we’d formalize an agreement that included ownership.
So once I arrived to Portland, I gave my best content, my best ideas, my best webinars, my best value. And Mike served me as a mentor at almost every step. Even when he wasn’t the model mentor I hoped for, I learned insanely valuable lessons simply by observing him.
Our project together has come along nicely. There is still much work to be done, and Mike is now going to take it over.
When It Comes to Formal Business Agreements, Seek Counsel from Experienced Professionals
So regarding that formal business agreement… By March the time had come. I was rockin’ it with the Smart Beginner webinars, the “big project” was well underway, and Marketing Merge Inc. was slowly but surely getting all business relationships formalized.
I’ll be honest here… things weren’t as simple as I had originally thought they would be, but I think that speaks more to my inexperience with these matters than anything else. I recognized this right off. It became apparent to me that after a few discussions and draft versions of the written business agreement, that I needed counsel with lawyers, corporate professionals and entrepreneurs outside of the internet marketing space.
Thank goodness for family and close friend connections. I spent an intense four day period going over a lot of things with a lot of different people who had experience and knowledge about these things. We played the best-case and worse-case scenarios, hypothetical situations and all variables in-between.
Make no mistake, I could have been happy working for Marketing Merge Inc. And I am certain that I would have made six figures in the not-so-distant future. But I chose to pass. I made a decision that I wasn’t going to work for Marketing Merge Inc. Instead, I was going to work for myself – in earnest.
I do feel at liberty to tell you that Marketing Merge Inc. is setting stage for ambitious growth. Mike is looking to create an “inner circle” of staff employed by Marketing Merge Inc. who have no interest to pursue other goals. I make no secret about having other goals.
The Reason I Am Grateful
In the end, I come away with an amazing sense of gratitude for all that I learned. It didn’t necessary turn out the way I had envisioned, but I now see it turning out even better. I have never had so much clarity in the two years since I gave up my Masters Degree and resigned from teaching to pursue entrepreneurship. I can honestly give credit to this “internship” with Marketing Merge as the reason for this clarity.
So for all of you who care about me, and have sent me well-wishes and good vibes, I’m baaack and back in a big way. Watch me as I build my own company.