Hello everyone. I'm new on here and I'm hoping this forum could be a good source of information as I'm trying to help a good friend out, and hopefully keep her from being taken advantage of. I'll try to keep this as short and clear as possible. A little about her may help paint a better picture. She's been s student for the past 3 years she's been in this country and has never been employed here the US, and because she has no work experience, and maybe her age, she's been having a difficult time finding the type of work she enjoys. Because of this she decided to take matters into her own hands and use her designing skills to start a business. She designed a unique, but not necessarily original product (fashion accessory), and has had different versions (sizes, colors etc) of this product already manufactured overseas and shipped here to her. So far I'd say she's invested over $6000. Her idea was to start an online store, begin with the original product, and later add to her fashion line with new products that she designs. She recently went to talk to a small family owned marketing company to see about designing a website and to market her product. The mistake I think she made was showing her product without having them sign a non disclosure agreement, as well as sharing with them other information they probably didn't need to know. After a couple of meetings and a few phone calls they told her they have been looking for someone like her because they were talking about expanding their business by getting into designing and manufacturing fashion accessories, as well as home goods accessories (accent furniture)....which sounded strange because that's another passion of hers that I'm sure she talked to them about.....although she hasn't designed anything yet. Just the other day they offered her a job with a decent salary (more than what i expected for someone with no work experience) and told her they would take on the responsibility of marketing and selling her products, and give her a 25% equity share. But never explained how that works. I've heard of revenue share, and profit sharing but I always thought that an equity share had something to do with stocks, but they're not a public company. I guess my question is, does this sound right? Aren't they taking too big a piece of the pie? I'm wondering if the are only interested in the product they've seen (which really is a great product), and are just going to let her go once they make their money. Seems to me that they may be trying to take advantage of her. I told my friend that if she wanted to see if this company if really interested in her designing skills, or just that product she showed them, to ask them if the job offer would still be available to her if she decides to take another direction to sell her product. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.