(Closed) Would you do business with a friend?

posted 7 years ago in Relationships
  • poll: Will you do business with a friend?
    No - I don't want to risk a friendship : (8 votes)
    31 %
    Yes - I have had no problems with it : (0 votes)
    I have in the past but will never again : (2 votes)
    8 %
    It depends on the friend who I'm doing business with : (16 votes)
    62 %
    It depends on how much money I'll save : (0 votes)
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    In what case?

    Post # 4
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    3166 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    huh? o_O

    do you mean doing business with friends?

    Post # 5
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    2539 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    im confused!

    Post # 6
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 1900

    Erm… what?

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    If it was for a wedding.. I would hire friends who had a talent or hobby as I know they would do there best for me. Like we know a family friend that can make great cakes, and I know we will probably pay for her to do our wedding cake 🙂

    Post # 9
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    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    As a general rule, I don’t. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, so I can’t say I’d “never” hire a friend for something.

    Post # 10
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    375 posts
    Helper bee

    It would depend on the friend and the service. I like supporting friends who have businesses of their own, but prefer straight-forward transactions like buying a product. Services that are up to creative interpretation, I would have to be very sure of a friend’s abilities before risking the friendship on it.

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Maybe, but there will be an explicit contract signed by both parties.

    Post # 12
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    5921 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    @vmec: Agreed.  Things with vendors can get messy, I am sure this is amplified when they are your friends.

    Post # 13
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    9824 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    No, but maybe I’ve just watched too much Judge Judy.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Never!  It does not mix.

    Post # 15
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    It depends on the person and extent of the business relationship.  Venture in carefully, define expectations up front, fails safes and think of worse case senarios and have a plan for it.  I have seen it destroy an over decade long best friendship.

    Post # 16
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We have but I don’t know if we’d do it again. We co-own a software company and hired one of our friends to handle the support. Since he’s been working for us, there have been some issues. Soon after he started, he and his wife had their first baby. We totally understood that it would take time to get acclimated to parenthood so we told him not to worry about support for a few weeks (something that most employers wouldn’t give a crap about since there is a job to be done). Well, that turned into a few months. Even though he wasn’t being paid while he wasn’t working, it still negatively impacted our business because someone had to pick up the slack. Since then he’s been good for the most part but there are still some underlying issues.

    Since he’s our friend, it’s hard to treat him like an employee even though he is one. There was a time when our business partner was unhappy with him and considered terminating him but Darling Husband convinced him to give our friend another shot. There’s only so many more strikes that he can get before we don’t have any other option but to let him go. Considering he and his wife are our best friends (we actually set them up) and they depend on this income to support their growing family (they’re currently pregnant again), I imagine our friendship will be affected by this. Thankfully this is just something that he does on the side and still has a FT job but losing that few hundred dollars a month may very well be detrimental to them. It’s sad because we’d never do anything to hurt our friends but when you mix business with pleasure, sometimes things just don’t work out how you thought they would. 

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