I have screened through every thread I can find on partnerships, and it seems to me that the majority of the people on this site cringe at the thought. I have seen very few who claim success as partners, and the ones that take some time and write out a contract together first and foremost. My problem is that I am only 16 and understand that you can only be legally binded to a contract if you are 18+. My friend and I mowed together last year as a side deal and didnt take it very seriously; we split everything down the middle. He was unreliable at times (because of family) problems and many times I was left high and dry without notice. We eventually dropped our accounts because of school, transportation, unreliability etc. As I made money, I would set aside a little here and there, and lately Ive bought various pieces of commercial equipment, my latest being an Exmark Metro 32 planning on starting over this coming summer on my own knowing what all we did wrong last season and taking it to the next level. He, on the otherhand, spent his cut on ridiculous things and I assume that hes broke by now. When I told him what I was doing, he insisted on being a part of it. I know hes a good worker (when he shows up), and Im sure that I will be able to handle many more accounts with his help, but Im not sure how I we could work together. I offered him a job at $12-$15 I said I would have to figure out the expenses once we got started so I dont have an exact amount. I thought this would be the best for the both of us since I wouldnt be totally reliant on him and he would not have such burdening obligations to me. He turned his nose up at it. I offered him a partnership if he could match what I have already put in, which I doubt he can do. He said this is what he wanted but I have yet to see the money. I told him to put up what he could and he would own whatever percentage that he put into the business. He said he wanted it 50/50 and he would see what he could do. I have almost every other part of my business plan worked out the best I can but I cant go much further until this is worked out. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank You in advance.