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The Danger Of Doing Business With Friends

click here now for a free psychic reading at PsychicAccess.comRecently, while in the middle of unexpected home repairs, due to a very bad storm, I needed some help managing my everyday business responsibilities. I then mistakenly turned to a friend.

He had recently had a horrible accident and had to go on medical leave from work. Due to his changed circumstances, he experienced a dramatic drop in his monthly income. So, wanting to help, as most friends do, I offered to embark on a partnership with him.

It made sense at the time, since my friend had a lot of free time, while healing from the accident, and my time was being consumed by our home repairs. Anyone who has endured a hurricane in their hometown will understand this. These types of repairs tend to consume your life, while everything else is placed on the back-burner. I was so focused on dealing with these challenges, that I neglected to pay more careful attention to my inner guidance and ignored my gut feeling at the time.

So, I approached my friend and asked if he would be willing to help manage our rental properties business. In my mind it was a win-win situation. We embarked on this new arrangement by agreeing to split the profits generated from the monthly rentals.

Initially, all seemed to be going well. We both seemed happy with the new arrangement and both of our immediate needs were being met. Then, problems with maintenance and tenant issues started to arise. This is normal when you own and manage multiple rental properties. But my friend did not take any action.

Friends have lots of reasons they don’t do business with people they know. Most can be worked through as you find a solution together. But not all ~ Bryce Sanders

Apparently, my friend did not realize that the extra income he was receiving meant he would actually have to be of service, and perform certain tasks and duties. This surprised me! To this day, I am not completely sure that he understood he was actually expected to work for the additional income we were supplying to him.

As the requests for repairs and other tenant issues started to come in, I would forward the messages to my ‘partner’ and give him the information he needed to handle the situation. After all, this is what he was being paid to do. Why would we give up half of our monthly income monthly, and not expect anything in return for it?

After a few weeks of us forwarding multiple requests, I started getting calls from my tenants complaining that their issues were not being resolved, or their repairs were not being completed.  Puzzled by this, we asked our friend what was going on. Why was he not addressing the issues with the rentals?

His reply to our question was shocking. The reason nothing was being resolved, he explained, was he was waiting on us to pay him additionally to handle each problem. The agreed monthly split of the proceeds from the rentals, he said, was only for him to be available should a repair or tenant issue arise. But if he actually had to deal with the repair or tenant issue, it would require an extra fee before he did any work.

Both my husband and I were outraged at this disclosure. We promptly paid him the absurd amount of money he wanted to complete the one issue, which he did resolve, and then ended the partnership. We informed the tenants we would resume all activities in managing the properties ourselves. This was a heavy burden to carry at the time, but we managed.

This is where it gets really good… For a couple of weeks we heard nothing further from our injured friend and former partner. We were both actually happy about this, as we are still annoyed with how the whole partnership played out. But then comes the time of the month for all the rental fees to be paid. And sure enough we start getting phone calls and texts from the injured friend wanting to know when his share of the monthly rents would be available!

When it comes to doing business with friends and family, blood isn’t always thicker than water. Despite the best of intentions and the highest of hopes… it can turn into anything from a minor embarrassment to a major nightmare ~ Michael Hess

This obviously did not sit well with my husband and I. A large part of me wanted to tell this person exactly where he could shove his inquiry, but I chose to take the higher road stating that we simply could not afford the rates he was charging us to perform the agreed duties. So, therefore we had to terminate the arrangement after the payment for the one issue he did resolve.

In the following weeks, my husband and I were bombarded with calls and texts from this person daily, about how we had came to him for help; and how wrong it was for us not to continue the partnership in his time of need; and how it was wrong of us to end the partnership before he was able to return to work. At one point he actually tried to blame us for him not being able meet his monthly obligations!

Many times we had to take a deep breath before responding to his latest text or phone call, as they were getting more and more demanding and threatening as the days went on. It took a lot of patience, given the stress we were both under, to not respond to this person with the same amount of negativity and aggression that he was directing towards us. I am not sure how we managed to stay calm, but we did.

After about a month of daily harassment by this person, the repairs to our home were finally complete and life slowly started to return to normal. By now the injured friend was threatening to sue us for wrongful termination of the partnership, and all kinds of other outlandish things, including the ‘pain and suffering’ we caused him for ending the partnership while he was injured, and so on.

Having had our fill of his antics, and craving peace again in our lives, we responded to the injured friend in as kind as a way as we could, explaining once again that we could not afford the rates he was charging us and that we had every right to terminate the partnership. For the sake of our friendship, we thought it best to put all of this behind us and move forward. The person’s response was every hurtful. It simply said, “I will see you in court.”

I must admit, my husband and I learned a very valuable lesson with this bizarre experience: think twice before doing business with friends. Although it saddens us both to lose this friend, we also now realize how much we really didn’t know about this person’s true character. In the future, should this kind of situation ever arise again, we will pay closer attention to our inner guidance, and trust our intuition. We will choose much more wisely with regard to who we ask for help.


About The Author: June

June is an experienced and gifted reader in Indiana, near Lake Michigan, who enjoys the peace of the woods and the energy it provides her. A double Taurus, led by earthy and dependable Venus, she will help you to navigate your life on a steady course. Many come to her at a crossroads, not knowing which way to turn, or even how to move forward. Not only does June lift the obstacles and show you your path, but she also helps you to embrace the positive light that will guide you. She's helped numerous people in all areas of life for the past fifteen years, and has honed her abilities as an active member of her Spiritualist Church, by helping others in her congregation. For many years she's enjoyed a front row seat to witness all the events play out, just as she was shown by her Guides. June inherited her gifts from the generations that came before her, but she also finds new skills popping up unexpectedly with clients. Mary and Suzie are the Spirit Guides she works with, and she delivers their messages in a style that suits each of her client's particular needs that day. June has been a high-rated reader on the internet, as well, and enjoys the accessibility the internet provides, so people can easily find her. If you'd like to find a highly accurate reader who gets her messages out quickly, and who can raise you up high on your path, you can find June at PsychicAccess.com.

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