Hi Everyone, I have been working from home doing a very low profit job (buy bulk + sell to just cover my advertising/website/insurance), and then a few months ago (about 8) I got into producing items myself and selling them to a shop, it's been going really well. Now heres the spin. A good friend of mine wanted to join in (she works for an employer currently), she wanted to just help me run it and get half the profit. We first decided to open our own store, but got some good advice and decided against it and to just sell to shops instead. I got some advice about structure and was told to just 'hire' her. I told her that this was a better way to do it, and she said cool. The problem in that I can't afford to hire her, I only profit from one business and it's only enough to pay me. I am also more than capable of doing it all myself. She talks well to customers, however she does like to tell them that it's a 'WE' business if that makes sense? I gave her access to my website and she changed everything to 'us' and wrote a big thing about herself on the about me page. I since have changed the password as I felt it has really overstepped the boundaries. She agreed to be a 'volunteer employee' until we do start making enough money to pay ourselves, she also said that she wouldn't feel right if I paid her and didn't pay myself. A month ago we decided to go to the markets to see what people liked and maybe make a bit of money to pay off items we've had to purchase to get things up and running. So far we have done 3 and only made enough to cover costs of products, not time. To give you an idea. She helps for 3 hours during the week before the market. And then she is at the market all day with me, which is about 5-7 hours. I do all the paperwork, the labelling, the buying, the taxes, the website building.. well you know.. everything else. Our third market was last weekend and she decided that there was something she wanted to buy. So she told me that when I was ready to let her go spend money, she would go off and buy some things for herself. Which she did, again she is my friend so I do not want to cause her to be angry at me. I always pay for everything and this last market, we came home with less money than what we went there with. I was pretty upset as we did sell a bit, but costs were not covered for stock. She tells me that dinner was paying for her labour. (Meanwhile I am going broke) I am getting leads not through the market, but the first shop I started selling to, she says she will help me take samples to them.. but then now I'm feeling that she will expect me to pay her for that to? I can do it myself for free. She is eager to work for me as she wants a full time job, but I am years off being able to pay myself, let alone her too! Does anybody have some advice for me? Anything at all? The only thought I had was that I could pay her as a rep, I can make the products, and for each customer she gets, she can receive a certain percentage of sales? Please help me not ruin this, I'm sure there's a way?