I have a long time friend and former co-worker that would like to start a local delivery & courier company. (An industry we are both familiar with) He has very minimal to zero startup capital. He needs $5000 in startup capital to obtain the needed licenses and insurance so he can start soliciting to potential customers. This man is currently out of work and down on his luck so it is as much of me helping him out in a tuff time as it is a "business loan." I know I should not do business with friends but I have agreed to help him out. This money is disposable for me. My question is what I should ask for in return for this business loan. Should I charge interest, should I ask for an ownership stake in the company or combination of both? This is not a project I want to be involved in long term, so what kind of exit plan should I install in the loan agreement? Thanks for any advice.