Darren of ProBlogger was discussing about Blog Apprenticeships three weeks ago and enumerated some of the benefits it generates for both the apprentice and the teacher.
A few weeks before he posted it, I already took on an apprentice for some of my other “still experimental” projects on blogging. The setup was simple — I teach the apprentice the work-arounds of blogging, SEO, internet research, and ways to earn from it. I gave him a simple project to work on and practice what he learned from me. In return, I offered him a percentage of the earnings I get for that project on top of the initial revenue (first 3 months).
For an apprenticeship, I believe that this arrangement is already an attractive package in itself. It may not really pay well on the start but the long term benefits are clear and beneficial for both of us.
We don’t have a set timeline but we’ve agreed to re-evaluate our partnership with every milestone that we achieve. I believe this will be a great learning experience not only for him but for me as well.