Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

For the last couple months I have been working with a friend on starting up a business. There is so much potential and we both have so many ideas but something was not right.

As similar as our views are on so many things, there were some marked differences that were pulling us in different directions.

Today, we had the conversation we had both been dreading.

In all honestly, I felt a little uneasy early on.

I have seen my parents in different business partnerships, with and without family involvement, and none of them have gone smoothly. My parents don’t like to make waves so they were constantly stuck with the short end of the stick.

I had promised myself that I would never enter into a business partnership.

Oops.

I have been asked (on many occasions) to go into business with someone and I have always shrugged or laughed them off. When we talked about wanting to start our own businesses, she even indicated that she would avoid a partnership like the plague but we kind of fell into it because we had such similar ideas and a mutual love for all things Muji.

She comes from a fast-paced, big money, big (big) business background and mine is one of self-employment, small scale corporate, small business, creative experimentation and everything inbetween. What we had hoped would be complimentary skill sets were not quite so complimentary.

It turns out we are both overly opinionated and stubborn. This is not necessarily a bad thing but when our vision for the company started to diverge…. Danger Will Robinson.

The good thing is that we haven’t gone so far that there was no going back. The business relationship should be fairly easily severed. The money I invested has been returned. I will continue to blog for the company because I believe in what she is doing. The time I have put in will be experience that I can take with me for future endeavors. The idea that I was really passionate about is something that I can now pursue and I will continue to act as a sounding board. I may even buy into the company in the future- anything can happen.

I am not saying it won’t be a little weird but the most important thing is that we will continue to be friends. This is sounding too much like a Hallmark moment but I feel like a weight has been lifted.

Who knows what will happen with anything but at this moment, for the next 5 minutes, all feels right with the world.

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~ by angryegg on June 12, 2009.

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