Need help making a big decision
So I seen my brother over the Holidays, he had come into town to visit with family for Christmas. During a family dinner he says he needs to talk and asks me to go outside with him. After a minute of random conversation, he asked me if I was still growing. I said of course, I'll never stop growing (thinking he was maybe looking for some bud). Keep in mind I am an outlaw grower, been growing for 17/18 years here in the bluegrass state and cannabis is definitely not legal in any form or fashion here in my state.
To my surprise, he asked me if I wanted to work for him? Work for you? How? You live 3 states away from me, I have a pretty large immediate family to raise and be with on a daily basis. So my first thought was maybe he was going to construct and install an underground grow operation here in my town, somewhere (we own a lot of land around here). He actually has investors and 2 other businesses partners and has purchased a 12,000 sq ft warehouse in his state, ready to get into the mmj business. He offered me to be a 'master grower' and salary pay, for now. Said he would pay me $4,000 a month starting out and that the whole operation was under my control. Basically they are going to run the financial and business part of it and he wants me to run the entire grow. Also that within 2 years we would be a million dollar business and that my pay would rise significantly up to 200/300k per year once we really took off...
Heres the deal, I have a large family, several kids and a wife at home. I have never worked out of town, period. I told him this and he says that I dont have to be there all of the time, that I could drive or fly in for a few days, come back home for a few days. Basically I can come and go as I please. But since he does not grow, he does not understand the consistency of it all... you have to be on top of things constantly and ready to handle any little issue or problem as it arises. He did say there would be a secondary guy there, also a grower that would handle things when I'm not around, so maybe that's how I can still be flexible with it all. He plans also to set it up exactly how i personally want it, whatever I want in there he has investors ready to buy everything that we need. He also wants the setup to be automated. But even with automation there is still need for attention and attendance to the grow quiet often.
This is actually a dream come true for me, I never thought I would have this opportunity as cannabis is my passion in life, second to my family. My brother knows that I can grow top notch flower, he has had it plenty of times when he was in town and said the medical out there just doesnt compare. I guess I was just born with this ability, in a sense I believe I was chosen for this lifestyle. I talked to my wife about it and suprisingly she was okay with the whole thing. But something inside of me does not want to leave my family and home so often. This is my opportunity though to get my foot in the door with ZERO investment. He also said that once my state becomes legalized that they would be the first to put in business here as well and at that time I would basically be at home all of the time. But maybe not if I don't take this offer.*
This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever been faced with... Its either I stay here and turn down his offer nicely and keep growing black market or get into the legal business of it all and sacrifice a lot of time with my family... I love doing what i do here too. Just wish he didnt live so far away from me. I'm hoping someone will run across this thread with some experience that relates to my situation, that can answer some of my questions about being a master grower and running such an operation. Would I be able to spend maybe half a month here at home or even 3 weeks and half a month or 1 week there working? Or will I basically have to be there all of the time? He said they are ready right now to start, all paper work is done, investors are on standby and all they are waiting on is me. He said I would have a couple weeks or so to decide what I wanted to do. I know this is life and sometimes life can be hard, but the doors this opportunity could open for me in this industry is basically endless.