Hello ladies and gents, I'm in need of some wisdom. I have currently been running my business for close to 2 years now. My industry is in the secondary market for cell phones and tablets. Long story short my company is developing a retail buy-back program and is currently producing revenue with liquidation services for large tech retailers. When I first started this business I teamed up with someone that not only funded the businesses payroll, but also would dev the front end and back end software. Everything was going great and then all of the sudden things started to fall a part. He stopped working and I didn't hear from him for weeks. Later on I started figuring out that he was going behind my back and trying to team up with one of our larger clients. So I prepared myself and severed the relationship successfully. My questions to you all is, how do I bring myself to trust someone else to partner with. It seems like everyone I come in contact with is selfish and shady. Is it just me? After I cleaned up the mess from the first partner, I went into "limp" mode and cut all my expenses. Somehow I still cant get ahead. Retail start-ups need funding and it seems like its nonexistent. Im paying myself incrementally and even out source everything. Fact is this is all starting to take a huge toll on me and I feel like my goal is getting further and further away. Negativity has never been a part of me but this is how I am starting to feel. Any advice to get me out of this rut would be greatly appreciated as I am ready to start feeling like a proud business owner again. Thanks in advance.