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Old 12-27-2014, 06:58 PM
Argie007 Argie007 is offline
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Partnership experiences, good and bad?!?!

How's it going gentleman, this is my second post, first being in the irrigation thread. I have a question for all you savvy individuals out there, I took a course for irrigation in early October, there i met an older fella who was interested in teaming up. Well i took the exam October 31st and found out on Thanksgiving that I passed with flying colors!! He was thrilled and starts pitching me a game plan that includes a contract for partnership, I tell him obviously we'd have to sit down and talk about everything. He opted not to take the test because he felt he wasn't ready, his excuse being that he was going to wait until December 18th, the next time Houston would host the test. Well a week before the date we're talking and he says to me "I'm really not that worried about the test right now, as long as one of us has it that's all we need". I feel like he's gotten lazy already and we haven't even begun, the agreement was for both of us to be licensed. Now we've been talking since the end of the course, I've even tagged along with him on a couple repairs, nothing major. He claims to be very well connected with all the right people, however for the last three months he hasn't been doing very well work wise, i just don't see it. My question is how can i set this up to where it can work for the both of us but not as an equal partnership like he proposes, at least not until he gets his license as well?
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Old 12-27-2014, 07:04 PM
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No. I dont need to say anymore. Just NO.
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Old 12-27-2014, 07:05 PM
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Run far and fast.
You have what YOU need the license.
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Old 12-27-2014, 07:18 PM
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Never do it! It will only end bad
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Old 12-27-2014, 07:18 PM
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Yeah, thanks guys, seems like the only route that makes sense. It started really well you know, two hungry motivated individuals, he's done a complete 180 since then though. I anticipate a really uncomfortable conversation, just another part of business...
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Old 12-27-2014, 08:13 PM
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IF he has something to offer, at all, in any form… you can hire him, sub contract him whatever…
I see no reason to put him in as an owner.
"Im connected"
great, bring me the customer and Ill cut you in 12 points of the profit.
If you actually work on the project, Ill pay you a wage.

Done did.
Wage plus possible commission (if the job turns a profit).

WHAT??!? why am I not a partner… brought nothing to the table, sam.
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Old 12-27-2014, 10:19 PM
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He is going to suck you dry.
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Old 12-27-2014, 10:51 PM
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Everybody has already said it best. As much as you might want to rely on him as a person to help you grow, which it sounds like is your intention, he is only using you as a crutch. I've personally tried a couple of partnerships and neither have started or ended well. The ONLY thing that I did right is cut bait quick. I suggest that you do the same.
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Old 12-28-2014, 12:57 PM
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My experience has been a lot better than most. But there is no way I can support the idea of you meeting this guy 2 1/2 months ago and starting a new venture together. Whats next proposing to a girl on a blind date.
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Old 12-28-2014, 07:49 PM
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I hear you, but when you think about it at the end of the day it is strictly business. I think it would be easier to make a hard decision if needed in this partnership as oppose to with a friend or family member. Either way, I called him and began explaining what we could try instead, some of the ideas TPendagast mentioned, but he didn't like it much....oh well, I'm the one with the license.
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