RULE #9: When you find out your new business partner was in a previous business relationship always check this out on your own thoroughly BEFORE you start taking his word for it. Never accept ideas or product spawned from a previous business deal without doing due diligence. Always investigate any business leads thoroughly before pursuing so that you know there are no strings attached.
This is the most underhanded of all business dealings widely practiced by slimeballs. If your new business partner will do something skeevy like that to his old business partner, he will eventually do it to you too.
My new business partner gave me product to peddle to a major television network. My initial examination of the product revealed many more people involved in the production of this item than just my business partner, so I questioned him about the other people’s contributions and how they were being compensated. “Oh” he says “that partnership expired and now it’s every man for himself.”
This sounded fishy to me so I let my fingers do the walking and found out that there were LEGAL papers involved as well as five other people besides my business partner that were hoping to make money from this product.
I also found out that most of the product that my business partner was claiming to be exclusively his work was actually produced by one of the other colleagues.
Not only was the product not exclusively his to sell, but it wasn’t even 100% his work. How’s that for slimey?
During a phone conversation I had with one of the five past business partners, I was told that this guy had a reputation for stealing his colleagues work and then pawning it off as his own. He warned me that it would eventually happen to me if I wasn’t careful.
If the words “What he don’t know can’t hurt him.” are ever uttered during a business transaction, always consider that the “him” finding out that his former business partner is a creep, is imminent.
Creeps always have a stench following them around and every good businessman/woman can smell it.
Trust me, if it smells like shit and looks like shit, it’s probably shit.
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