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Friends and business - do they mix?

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Goingitalone

Member
I have the opportunity to start a new business with a friend but I am wary. Do friends and business mix?
 
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Employer

Member
While there are some exceptions to the rule, the idea of mixing friends/family with business is a high-risk one. Even in a best case scenario it will stretch your friendship/relationship to the brink and that is a successful outcome!
 
Bradley - SaneChoice

Bradley - SaneChoice

New Member
I certainly think there is an element of risk involved, especially around the relationship aspect as @Bogdan.Ciocoiu mentions.

However, I think it does depend on the type of 'friend' you are working with. In the early days of SaneChoice I worked with a friend who was from the same industry - he came from an Investment Bank. So the structure and 'rules' around how this would work (and the challenges and pitfall of that working relationship) were very clear from the start. As a result, it was a fruitful partnership and although he no longer works for SaneChoice, he remains a close family friend.
 
midemike

midemike

New Member
Try not to mix the two up. Friendship is friendship, business should be business.
 
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iMakeCalls

New Member
Make sure that you have everything in writing and always cover your backside legally,
 
Mintlo

Mintlo

New Member
In my experience, it is not a good idea. It obviously depends on the characteristics of the friend. It is a very attractive proposition working with someone who you know, trust and share the same passion. But disagreements do happen, whether in business or socially. If differences cannot be reconciled then you stand a good chance of losing a friend, the business or both.
 
Okdar

Okdar

New Member
While there are some exceptions to the rule, the idea of mixing friends/family with business is a high-risk one.
 
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hubmag12

New Member
Being friends with someone is totally different from creating something together. Even as business partners, conflict will inevitably happen when two people work together. The majority of them are minor, but eventually you'll settle on something you're quite convinced of and won't alter your mind about, such as the direction the company is taking, its compensation, how much money is being allocated, etc. As the stakes rise in importance, the emotions rise as well. Money has an impact on people's lives. They grow defensive, resentful, and maybe vindictive emotions. It is not recommended to mix business with friendship because doing so would probably end the friendship.
 
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