reason I ask is because I want to hire a helper for next year. I know a guy who basically only doing cleanup's and works with the tools he can put in his car and that's exactly what he advertises,and does good work from what I see. Earlier this year he said he has a full schedule but once he asked me if I needed any help cause he was done for the week. I passed him today going to one of my accounts and he says his schedule is open cause I might get him to help me with a few landscape projects. He doesn't have an LLC or a DBA that I can find and I don't think he is insured. I even once mentioned subbing work to him but I would need a W9 and said he didn't want to go through that just yet.I own 2 companies. My lawn company is a partnership. My other business is not.
Finding the right partner is key. It's like a marriage. You're not going to agree on everything. You'll need to compromise. You'll need to respect each other. Your focus needs to be singular. Your goals, work ethic and personal integrity must align.
Finding a partner with different primary skills than your own is very helpful. I'm the salesman & structure guy. My partner is the maintenance guy. We both put in long hours. Sometimes one of us works longer than the other. That's ok. It evens out.
Most partnerships with small businesses seem to fail. Generally there isn't a good plan from the get go. Fail to plan, plan to fail. Key roles need to be established.
I can go on and on about this. It CAN work very well. It takes work to make it work well.
That's what I would like to do, but I seriously doubt he would go for that.Just hire him when you need him. No need to dip your company pen into this guy's bit of ink. Sounds like you just need some help not a business partner.
What does this guy have that would fit into your current business plan? What does he bring to the table besides what you could get from employee?