8 posts
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 3 years
  • Has collected 10+ items on Envato Market
parallax2025 says

To all the awesome designers and coders here on TF I have a quick question.

If a coder(s) are partnering with a designer(s) to create some templates for TF what is a fair split? meaning what % of the profits go to each group?

Does the split change based on the coder(s) providing continued maintenance/support for the theme?

thanks all

1881 posts YOU TOUCH IT YOU BUY IT
  • Has referred 200+ members
  • Has sold $500,000+ on Envato Market
  • Has collected 100+ items on Envato Market
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
+6 more
FRESHFACE says

You really need to count the hours on both sides, that’s the only right way. And I think you can assume designer and developer will have the same $/hour if they are both good.

3752 posts
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Located in Spain
  • Has sold $125,000+ on Envato Market
  • Helped several times protecting Envato Market against copyright violations
+9 more
pezflash says

^ And also count that designers needs some relaxing hours (like swimming pool, gym, disco) to inspire that should be included in the balance.

:P

442 posts Code Is Poetry
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $500,000+ on Envato Market
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 5 years
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
+8 more
gljivec says

^ lol nice one :)

131 posts
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 5 years
  • Has collected 1+ items on Envato Market
  • Sells items exclusively on Envato Market
  • Located in Portugal
eddiesaints says

I think the 60/40 is a good split taking in consideration that the Web Designer is great at what he/she does. Creating an entirely new concept out of their heads and designing the theme. So, for that, a 40% share.

The Web Developer has to develop the theme, he/she might use code from previous work (maybe a framework?) as well (thus, simplifying the whole process), or not. He/she also has to give support to a ton of angry and mad customers. :P (there are good ones too hehe). 60% for the headaches.

Basically.

Web Designer: 40% (Concept, Design) Web Developer: 60% (Development, Support)

54 posts
  • Has collected 10+ items on Envato Market
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 4 years
  • Located in Slovenia
  • Sells items exclusively on Envato Market
psvent says

Counting hours work if you hire someone not when you are in partnership.

A fair partnership is 50:50 in my book. You guys forgot that it’s more then just designing and coding, there is also the business part, marketing, ... it’s so much more to a successul business.

A different share would come into account if one of the partners already has an established business. So if someone is already creating and selling PSD ’s/HTML’s, then I as a developer would be perfectly fine with taking a share less then 50%.

But if I would start a new partnership then anything else then 50:50 doesn’t seem fair to any of the two parties.

2010 posts
  • Has referred 50+ members
  • Has sold $500,000+ on Envato Market
  • Has collected 10+ items on Envato Market
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
+9 more
bitfade says

it depends on what designer does. if psd/html/css + support related to html/css then 50/50 is fair for both.

and yes, counting hours would never work in a partnership

1881 posts YOU TOUCH IT YOU BUY IT
  • Has referred 200+ members
  • Has sold $500,000+ on Envato Market
  • Has collected 100+ items on Envato Market
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
+6 more
FRESHFACE says

Counting hours work if you hire someone not when you are in partnership.

A fair partnership is 50:50 in my book. You guys forgot that it’s more then just designing and coding, there is also the business part, marketing, ... it’s so much more to a successul business.

A different share would come into account if one of the partners already has an established business. So if someone is already creating and selling PSD ’s/HTML’s, then I as a developer would be perfectly fine with taking a share less then 50%.

But if I would start a new partnership then anything else then 50:50 doesn’t seem fair to any of the two parties.

Of course, partnership of two parties is always 50:50 otherwise it’s not a partnership.

An association of two or more persons engaged in a business enterprise in which the profits and losses are shared proportionally... (Revised Uniform Partnership Act § 101 [1994]).

However… the law accepts unequal partnerships se well, but they need to be defined as such—an unequal partnership. Both would still be based on % share division. It is also possible to have a different % share for profits and losses separately. It all depends on your situation therefore you really need to weight the contribution of all (unequal) partners very carefully.

133 posts WordPress Wizard
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
  • Had an item featured on Envato Market
  • Won a Most Wanted contest
+5 more
CODE9RS says

I work with a lot of partners and what I can say, I always allow a 50% 50% earnings split.

Sometimes, the partner says that want to earn 40%, and I can get 60% because we also provide support, then I accept. But only if the partner want this way ;D

Cheers, Rafael

159 posts
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 3 years
  • Has referred 1+ members
  • Has sold $40,000+ on Envato Market
  • Sells items exclusively on Envato Market
+1 more
ThemeProfuse says

I think 50-50 is fair for both. Because if concept & design is not good, then you not get higher sale, from this you loose your time also. So designing is most important part “Don’t ignore it ” :)

Helpful Information

  • Please read our community guidelines. Self promotion and discussion of piracy is not allowed.
  • Open a support ticket if you would like specific help with your account, deposits or purchases.
  • Item Support by authors is optional and may vary. Please see the Support tab on each item page.

Most of all, enjoy your time here. Thank you for being a valued Envato community member.

Post Reply

Format your entry with some basic HTML. Read the Full Details, or here is a refresher:

<strong></strong> to make things bold
<em></em> to emphasize
<ul><li> or <ol><li> to make lists
<h3> or <h4> to make headings
<pre></pre> for code blocks
<code></code> for a few words of code
<a></a> for links
<img> to paste in an image (it'll need to be hosted somewhere else though)
<blockquote></blockquote> to quote somebody

:grin: :shocked: :cry: Complete List of Smiley Codes

by
by
by
by
by
by