I don't want to do business with you
October 15, 2007 6:16 PM Subscribe
How to graciously end a soon to be partnership.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I ran into a friend about 2 weeks ago and he had an idea for an online business. He told me about it and wanted some advice. I went through some basics with him, and he asked if I would be able to work on it, I told him that I would but it would definitely cost him. I really wasn't too interested at this point, so I told him I would get back to him with some more info and I changed the topic of discussion.
Fast forward a few days later, I sent him an email with some in depth information (as a favor) and I subsequently met up with him later and he was like, "how about we work as a team. 50/50 down the line" I did something stupid and told him it sounded like a good idea...I definitely should have told him that I would get back to him.
Here's the problem, I don't particularly want to work with him. The idea isn't bad but something in my gut says, STOP! DON'T DO IT. Some of the reasons why I don't want to work with him:
1) I will be doing most of the work. We've played it off and thought happy thoughts about sharing the workload evenly but I KNOW that I will be doing most of it.
2) A lot of it is in my hands. The execution, the implementation, the experience. And I semi-feel that he wants me to be his partner to mooch this stuff out of me.
3) We're friends and have been for years. We're not really close.
4) He kind of annoys me now. Like always. I don't know how to explain it.
ANYWAY, please help me graciously get out of this arrangement. Nothing legally has been done and so far it has stayed verbal.